2026 World Cup Qualifier: Anjan Bista saves Nepal’s blushes as hosts draw against Laos

2026 World Cup Qualifier

Kathmandu, October 12

Nepal avoided defeat thanks to an Anjan Bista goal in the early minutes of the second half in round 1 of the 2026 World Cup Qualifier against Laos.

This was Bista’s 13th goal for Nepal which puts him level with Hari Khadka and Nirajan Rayamajhi.

Apart from that, it was a night to forget for Nepal who did not look good on the night and will face a tough task in the away leg in Laos next week.

Laos, who scored an against the run-of-play goal thanks to Bounphachan Bounkong, were always a threat on the counter-attack. Nepal even faced a penalty scare in one of the counter-attacks and did not create enough chances to win the match.

The return leg will take place in Laos on October 17.

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