Football – SAFF Championship ’18: India Defeat Pakistan To Cruise Into The Final

SAFF Championship

India beat Pakistan 3-1 to frolic into the final of the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

After a goalless first-half, Manvir scored his first foal in the 49th minute, just to double the score-line twenty minutes after his first strike. Substitute Passi fixed the destiny of the match in the 83rd minute by taking the scoreline to 3-0.

For Pakistan, Hassan Bashir found the back of the net in the 88th minute, as Pakistan lost to India by 3-1. On Saturday’s final, India will go up against the Maldives, who easily beat Nepal by 3-0 in the 2nd semi-final.

Indeed, even in defeat, the Pakistan players gave a decent record of their game, holding a far higher-positioned Indian side to a goalless first half before serious trouble become unavoidable in the second.

India survived a startle in the 39th moment when Pakistan earned an aberrant free-kick at the edge of the 6-yard box, yet Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith returned up with back to back recoveries to deny Pakistan a goal.

This was also Pakistan’s first appearance in the semi-final following 13 years where they confronted shielding champion India, the main unbeaten side in the opposition up until now.

India were set in Group B close by Sri Lanka and the Maldives while Group A comprised of Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Out of the 23 times, the opposite sides have met, India have won 10 matches while Pakistan have won only three. In the mean time, 10 matches between the opposite sides have finished in a draw.

The last time the opposite sides met was amid the 2013 SAFF Championship where India beat Pakistan 1-0.

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