India defeated Pakistan by 3-1 in the semi-final of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Dhaka.
The defeat concluded Pakistan’s dream run in the tournament. The Pakistani team was playing an international event after a span of three years.
The game was goalless in the first half with both the teams playing an attacking game, however, the second half of the game rattled Pakistan as the Indian side was able to break the Green team’s defence.
Even in defeat, the Pakistan players gave a good account of their game, holding a far higher-ranked Indian side to a goalless first half before all hell broke loose in the second.
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PAK-IND physical clash in football match……
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India scored their first goal in the 49th minute as Ashique Kuruniyan gave a low pass to Manvir Singh who kicked the ball to home, Singh scored his second goal in the 69th minute of the game.
Sumeet Passi added a third seven minutes from time.
Mohsin Ali and Lallianzuala Chhangte were both sent off in the 86th minute before Pakistan found a late consolation.
By that time, however, India had effectively sealed the win and booked their berth in the final opposite Maldives.
Pakistan opened its tally late in the game but by that time India had effectively secured the win to qualify for the final game of the tournament against the Maldives.