SAFF Championship Closing: India win ninth title, beat Kuwait on penalties

India defeated Kuwait by 5-4 within the penalty shootout of the ultimate of the South Asian Soccer Federation (SAFF) Championship on the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The match ended 1-1 in regulation time of the summit conflict, which led to gamers from each the edges to take penalty pictures from the spot for the coveted title.

After 5 rounds of penalty kicks, the scoreline remained 4-4 and sudden dying rule was utilized.

Mahesh Naorem scored however Sandhu saved Kuwait captain Khaled Hajiah’s shot to the wild celebration of the house followers and on the India dug out.

Within the regulation time, Shabaib Al Khaldi had put Kuwait within the lead within the 14th minute earlier than Lallianzuala Chhangte equalised within the thirty ninth minute.

Defending champion India and Kuwait had additionally performed out a 1-1 draw of their final group match.

This was the second time India gained within the penalty shootout. They’d made it to Tuesday’s summit conflict after beating Lebanon 4-2 in penalty shootout within the semifinal on July 1. Sandhu had additionally made a vital save within the shootout then.

For India, captain Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan, Chhangte, Subasish Bose and Mahesh transformed whereas Udanta Singh missed.

In 14th minute, Mobarak Al Faneeni launched Abullah Al Bloushi on the left wing with a deft move. Al Bloushi discovered Shabaib Al Khaldi contained in the field with an correct cross which the latter slotted previous India custodian Sandhu to provide Kuwait 1-0 lead.

India might have levelled the scores inside a minute however Kuwait goalkeeper Abdul Rahman blocked Chhangte’s lengthy ranger.

In thirty ninth minute, after a beautiful alternate of passes between Sahal Abdul Samad and captain Chhetri, the latter discovered an unmarked Chhangte deep contained in the field. Chhangte, India’s energetic No. 12, had little bother in beating Abdul Rahman to search out the equaliser. 

Chhangte was named AIFF Males’s Participant of the Yr on Tuesday.

(with inputes from businesses)

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Up to date: 04 Jul 2023, 11:18 PM IST