Parbat Pandey, who opened the scoring for the police team, scored the decisive goal through penalty in the second half. The only goal for the hosts came through Pushpa Chhetri.
All the goals came in the second half of the match. Parbat opened the scoring in the 52nd minute through a header in a free-kick of Rakesh Shrestha.
The police restored their lead two minutes later through penalty after Man Bahadur Tamang of
Police coach Birat Krishna Shreshta expressed dissatisfaction over his team´s performance despite the victory. “The team could not put up a good show and the opponents too did not play well,” Shrestha said. “Some of our talented players are in the national squad for SAG football which hampered the team´s performance.”
The police team is without half a dozen first choice players - Jumanu Rai, Rabin Shrestha, Chetan Ghimire, Bhola Silwal, Suman Subedi and Yogesh Shrestha - as they are in Bangladesh to play SAG football.
Sahara coach Kiran Shrestha said that the injury of his key players like Jay Thapa and Kiran Gurung turned unfortunate for the team. “The penalty awarded to the police team became the turning point of the match,” Shrestha said. He also lauded the team´s performance against the strong opponents.
Nepal Army Club will take on Machhindra Club in the second quarterfinal match on Sunday.