In a Nepal Super League clash that will be etched in the memories of football fans, Dasharath Stadium played host to a thrilling encounter between Butwal Lumbini FC and Dhangadhi FC. The match reached a crescendo in the 90+4 minute when super-sub Olawale Afeez emerged as the hero, securing a dramatic 1-0 victory for Dhangadhi FC and catapulting them to the top of the league standings with six points from two matches.
First Half: Tactical Battle and Goalkeeper Heroics
The opening exchanges set the tone for a fiercely contested match, with both teams showcasing tactical acumen and defensive solidity.
Goalkeeper brilliance was on display in the first half, with both shot-stoppers making crucial saves to deny the opposition. But as the minutes ticked away, it became evident that breaking the deadlock would require a moment of individual brilliance or a strategic masterstroke.
Second Half Intensity: Super-Sub Afeez Alters the Script
The second half witnessed heightened intensity as both teams sought the elusive opening goal. Butwal Lumbini FC unleashed a barrage of attacks, and their forwards came close on several occasions. Dhangadhi FC, recognizing the threat, adjusted their defensive lines and relied on swift counter-attacks.
As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute, the match seemed destined to end in a hard-fought draw. However, in a stunning turn of events, Dhangadhi FC introduced super-sub Olawale Afeez in the dying moments. The substitution proved to be a masterstroke as Afeez, with fresh legs and an eye for goal, found the back of the net in the 90+4 minute.
Late Drama: Afeez's Heroics Seal Victory
Olawale Afeez's goal sent shockwaves through Dasharath Stadium, and Dhangadhi FC celebrated the late breakthrough that secured them three crucial points. The Butwal Lumbini FC players were left stunned, having fought valiantly for the entire match only to succumb to a late, heartbreaking goal.
With this hard-fought victory, Dhangadhi FC now sits atop the Nepal Super League standings with six points from two matches, showcasing their early-season prowess. The league campaign is still in its nascent stages, but Dhangadhi FC's performances suggest they are a force to be reckoned with.