Indian Football

India cruise to 3-0 win over Nepal to clinch record-extending eighth SAFF Championship title

Ali Shibil Roshan
India clinched a record-extending eighth SAFF Championship title
India clinched a record-extending eighth SAFF Championship title / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images/VoltaxImages
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Two quick-fire goals from Sunil Chhetri and Suresh Singh Wangjam few minutes into the second half and a Sahal Abdul Samad goal in the injury time helped India cruise to 3-0 win over Nepal in the 2021 SAFF Championship as the Blue Tigers clinched a record-extending eighth title in the competition.

After a goalless first-half, captain Chhetri broke the deadlock on 49 minutes, heading home a Pritam Kotal cross to give India the lead. Wangjam doubled India's lead a minute later as he fired first-time shot past the Nepal goalkeeper after receiving pass from Mohammad Yasir.

India continued to dominate possession thereafter, with Nepal, despite trailing by two goals, barely able to threaten Blue Tigers' shot-stopper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Chhetri did have an opportunity to score India's third in the final, but had his shot saved by the Nepal goalkeeper.

India then added gloss to their victory with a late third with Sahal Abdul Samad scoring in the first minute of the injury time. After receiving the ball on the edge of the Nepal penalty box, the 24-year-old cut through the opposition's defenders before striking it into the back of the net from close range to seal India's victory.


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