India had beaten Nepal on aggregates (a 2-0 win and a 0-0 draw) in the World Cup first round qualifying match and the two sides are once again crossing swords against each other at the Balewadi Stadium.
Nepal, ranked 184th in the FIFA charts, are playing their first senior international match after the devastating earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation recently. On the other hand, 156th-ranked Indians are using tomorrow's match as a tune up for the big home match on September 8 against Iran, currently Asia's highest ranked side.
India and Nepal have played against each other 19 times so far. Nepal have managed to win just four while India have recorded victory on 12 occasions.
"I would like to welcome Nepal to India to play their first international friendly post the tragedy of earthquakes. I have fond memories of the lovely Himalayan Kingdom and I share the pain of the people. Nepal will always remain close to my heart," he said at the pre-match press conference.
"Nepal has always been a difficult team for India. They have shown in the last two games that they can fight. They will give us a difficult game and that's what we want. We want
to be stretched to the wire. The general perception stays that they are not that strong as people sometimes love to go by the FIFA Rankings. But no one knows more about their spirit than me," he added.


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