SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP 2021
SUNIL'S BRACE HELPED INDIA TO FACE NEPAL IN THE FINAL OF SAFF CUP
13/10/2021: INDIA 3-1 MALDIVES (FT)
IND: MANVIR SINGH (32'), SUNIL CHETRI(61',71')
MLD: ALI ASHFAQ (43-P)
M.O.M. SUNIL CHETRI(INDIA)
INDIA TO FACE NEPAL IN THE FINAL ON 16TH OCTOBER 2021
IND: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Desai, Md Yasir, Suresh Singh, L Ralte, Brandon Fernandez, Manvir Singh, Sunil Chetri.
MLD: Mohamed Faisal, Hussain Yoosaf, Ali Samooh, Abdul Ghanee,Haisham Hassan, Hussain Nihaan, Aisham.Imbrahim, Mahudhee Hussain, Ali Fasir,Hamzath Mohamed, Ali Ashfaq
REFEREE: ASKARANI AMMAR.
FINAL RESULT: INDIA 3-1 MALDIVES
India entered the final of the SAFF Championship defeating Maldives by a margin of 3-1 at the last match of the Group League.They will play against Nepal in the final on the 17th October. Subasish Bose was sent off the ground at the added time of the match. His second Yellow Card and will miss the final against Nepal.
India continuing their attack did not giving away anything to Maldives even at the final stage of the match. INDIAN HEAD COACH IGOR STIMAC SENT OFF THE GROUND FOLLOWING HIS SECOND YELLOW CARD OF THE MATCH AT THE 80TH MINUTE. It is now an uphill task for Maldives at the 79th minute of the match. They have to wipe of a deficit of two goals in order to came back in the match.
India are now leading by 3-1 at the71st minute of the match. Thanks to Indian captain Sunil Chetri who scored of a beautiful angular header of a free kick from Pritam from the midfield. India got the lead once again at the 61st minute of the match. Chetri's powerful shot of a pass from Manvir inside the 18 yards finds the target. Ali Ashfaq was looking dangerous of a counter move. He got past two Indian defenders but finally challenged by Pritam at the 58th minute of the match.
INDIAN HEAD COACH IGOR STIMAC CAUTIONED BY THE REFEREE AT THE 53RD MINUTE OF THE MATCH.
AT HALF TIME: INDIA 1-1 MALDIVES It was an eventful first half as both the teams scored each. India had the lead but Maldives equalised when Pritam Kotal fouled inside the danger zone. Maldives earned a penalty at the 43rd minute when Pritam tripped Hamzath from behind inside the 18 yards. Ali Ashfaq convets with Gurpreet had no answer to respond.
India got the lead at the 32nd minute of the match when Manvir Singh converted an measured forward pass from Sunil from the midfield. Manvir's shot from inside the 18 yards beat on rushing Faisal. At the 28th minute Ali Ashfaq was once again in an open space with Gurpreet infront of him of a counter move but his shot hit Subasish and went over the touch line.
At the 26th minute India was unlucky when Sunil's header of a free kick from Brandon from the left hit the bar and finally cleared by the central defense of Maldives. Ali Ashfaq finds himself in an open space deep inside the Indian half at the 8th minute of the match, but Bheke was prompt enough to save the situation.
10/10/2021 : INDIA 1-0 NEPAL (FT)
INDIA : SUNIL CHETRI (82')
M.O.M. : SUNIL CHETRI (INDIA)
IND : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Md Yasir(Liston Colaco), Suresh Singh(Anirudh Thapa), Brandon Fernandes, Lalengmawia Ralte, Mandar Rao Desai(Farukh Chaudhary), Sunil Chetri, Manvir Singh ( Uanta Singh).
NEP : Kiran Limbu, Ananta Tamang, Gautam Shestra, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Sumon Aryal, Tej Tamang, Pujan Uporkoti, Sujal Shestra, Suman Lama, Rohit Chad, Manish Dangi.
REFEREE :HASAN YUSUF SAHID
INDIA BEAT NEPAL 1-0. With this win now India moved to the third position. India are now at 5 points with two draw and one win. Sunil Chetri scored the all important goal at the 82nd minute of the match after wasted easy opportunities in the second session.A brillant save by Kiran Limbu at the 57th minute of the match. A header from Manvir of a cross from Yasir from the right was denied by Kiran as he dives to his left. The Blue Tigers will play their final Group Stage game against hosts Maldives on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at the same venue. The match kicks off at 9.30 PM IST
Chetri missed another easy chance at the 76th minute of the match. A long lob by Rahul Bheke was defected of the Nepalese defense and went to unmarked Chetri. But the Indian captains header went straight to Kiran Limbu. India lost a chance again at the 80th minute. Sunil Chetri's header of a croner from Brandon hit the ground and went over the post.
Finally Sunil Cherti gave the lead to India at the 82nd minute of the match. A header from substitute Faruk Chowdhury finds Chetri inside the danger area. Chetri's push beat Kiran Limbu and went inside the goal. Nepal created pressure in Indian defense at the flag end of the match but unable to disturb Indian defense and goalkeeper.
FIRST HALF: The first half ended in goalless as neither of the teams could score. India dominated the first session initiated some good moves but failed to convert from the close range.India missed a golden opportunity at the 33rd minute of the match when Sunil Chetri failed to push the ball in an absolutely open goal within the 6 yards of a pass from Brandon. The Nepalese goalkeeper Kiran Limbu failed to collect the cross from Brandon from the right flank.
Manvir Singh had a chance at the 43rd minute of a headed from Chetri, but he failed to control the ball as Rohit Chad challenged Manvir and the ball finally collected by Kiran Limbu. Nepal relied on some counter moves but did not create any chance to score.
*** It is a must win situation for India to stay in the competition.
*** INDIA ARE ON 2 POINTS AFTER 2 MATCHES, NEPAL ON 6 POINTS AFTER 2 POINTS.
***INDIA DREW 1-1 WITH BANGLADESH AND DREW 0-0 WITH SRI LANKA IN THEIR LAST 2 GAMES.
21/07/1993 : India 1-0 Nepal (SAFF) Championship
08/12/2005 : India 2-1 Nepal (SAFF) Championship
03/06/2008 : India 4-0 Nepal (SAFF) Championship
07/12/2009 : India 1-0 Nepal (SAFF) Championship
05/09/2013 : India 1-2 Nepal (SAFF) Championship
27/12/2015 : India 4-1 Nepal (SAFF) Championship
07/10/2021 : INDIA 0-0 SRI LANKA (FT.)
INDIA : Gurpreet Singh, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Seriton Fernendez, Anirudh Thapa (Farukh Choudhary), Glen Martins, Liston Colaco (SAHAL ABDUL SAMAD ), Suresh singh, Udanta Singh, Mandar Rao (Manvir Singh), Sunil Chhetri.
SRI LANKA : Sujan Perera, Harsha Fernando, Duckson Puslas, Charitha Rathnayake, Kavindu Ishan, Asikur Rahuman, Dillon de Silva, Chalana Chameera, Waseem Razeek, Marvin Hamilton, Jude Supan.
FULL TIME : INDIA DREW 0-0 WITH SRI LANKA.
90': 10 minute added time.
70': INDIA 0-0 SRI LANKA
60':Corner Kick for India from left sided attack of Anirudh and Mandar Rao.
55': Sunil's header from a free kick of Yasir wide over cross bar of Sri Lankan goal.
46': 2nd half Match Starts.
HT : INDIA 0-0 SRI LANKA
45': 4 MINUTE ADDED TOME.
42' : YELLOW CARD to Suresh Singh of India.
. 30': Corner Kick for India but Udanta Singh's corner kick went away.
22': CHANCE to INDIA - Liston Colaco missed the Target.
13': Free-kick for India! Taken by Anirudh Thapa. Cleared by the Sri Lankan defence.
10': INDIA 0-0 SRI LANKA
1' : Match starts just now. Kicked off by india.
SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL 2021 (India)
04/10/21 : INDIA 1-1 BANGLADESH (FT)
IND : Sunil Chhetri 26'.
BAN : Yeasin Arafat 74'
RED CARD : Biswanath Ghosh 54'(Bangladesh)
IND : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Chinglensana Singh, Pritam Kotal, Glan Martins (Farukh Choudhary 90'+3'), Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh (Rahim Ali 63'), Liston Colaco (Lalengmawia 59'), Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri
BAN : Anisur Rahaman, Bishwanath Ghosh, Topu Barman, Tariq Kazi, Yeasin Arafat, Md Saad Uddin, Jamal Bhuyan, Mohammad Ibrahim, Rakib Hossain, Biplu Ahmed, Motin Mia
GOAL - INDIA : Sunil Chhetri broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, as he smashed a cut-back by Udanta Singh from the right, and sent it crashing into the back of the Bangladesh net. This was the talismanic striker’s 76th goal in International Football.
GOAL - BANGLADESH :With a little over 15 minutes left, Yeasin Arafat levelled the score for Bangladesh, heading a Jamal Bhuyan corner into the Indian goal.