SAFF Championship 2018: India Defeats Maldives; Will Face Pakistan In Semis

India completed as victors of Group B in the wake of beating the Maldives 2-0 in their last group match of the SAFF Championship 2018.

India Vs Maldives – Match Highlights

  • Nikhil Poojary opened the scoring while Manvir Singh multiplied the lead just before the break. This enabled India to complete with 6 points and set up a semi-final with Group A runners-up, Pakistan.
  • Stephen Constantine rolled out five improvements from their 2-0 prevail upon Sri Lanka. Davinder Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Vinit Rai, Nikhil Poojary and Manvir Singh came in for Sarthak Golui, Mohammed Sajid Dhot, Germanpreet Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan and Sumeet Passi.

  • Maldives made three changes of their own, after their goalless show with the Lankans. Asadhulla Abdulla, Ibrahim Mahudhee and Ahmed Imaaz supplanted Ali Fasir, Naiz Hassan and Hamzath Mohamed.

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  • Nikhil Poojary could have turned draftsman and scorer of 2 goals inside the initial fifteen minutes itself. In the first place, Mohammed Arif headed the ball into his own post, almost getting away from an own goal which was a consequence of Poojary’s underlying cross.

  • Captain Anirudh Thapa, from the edge of the crate, sustained a ball to the previous East Bengal man whose header cruised over the bar.
  • The 23-year-old presented appropriate reparations and got the opener.
  • Ideal on the stroke of half-time, Manvir Singh got his first goal for the country. The Maldives defenderfloundered and Thapa saw a chance to go forward to the FC Goa man. The striker gathered together the ‘manager and opened home into a vacant net.

  • India continued gifting set-piece openings yet Petar Segrt’ men neglected to underwrite all through the entire match.
  • Late into the diversion, substitute Sumeet Passi could have made it 3-0 yet his great header from Subhasish Bose’s cross went excruciatingly wide.

The last four matches of the SAFF Championship 2018 are scheduled to happen on Wednesday at a similar scene. Nepal play Maldives initially up at 4.00 PM local time while the Indo-Pak tie gets in progress at 7.30 PM local time.

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