Indian football team has won SAFF Championship 2023. India won the title by defeating Kuwait on Tuesday. The final resulted in a penalty shootout. India won the penalty shootout 5-4. The title match was played at the Sri Kantirava Stadium in Bangalore. This is India’s ninth overall and second consecutive SAF Championship title.
The Sports Minister of Punjab congratulated the football team on winning the SAIF Championship. He said that under the captaincy of Sunil Chhetri, India defeated Kuwait 5-4 in sudden death in an exciting final. Our star goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu saved the decisive penalty. With this victory, India has won the title of the ninth Wa Safe Championship.
India and Kuwait were tied 1-1 at the scheduled time. Both teams scored before half time. Kuwait scored the first goal. Shabib Al Khalidi scored for Kuwait in the 14th minute. Along with this, India’s Lalijuala Changte equalized by scoring in the 39th over.
In the second half, the players of both the teams tried hard but could not succeed in scoring. This half was scoreless. When a decision was not reached in 90 minutes, both teams were given two extra halves of 15 minutes each. Neither India nor Kuwait scored in extra time, after which the winner was decided in a penalty shootout.
The score was still 4-4 after five rounds of penalty shootout, after which a sudden death decision was taken. Mahesh Norem scored and Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu dived to save Khalid Hajia’s shot.
Let it be known that India has not lost a single match in the tournament. India defeated Pakistan and Nepal in the group stage and drew with Kuwait. The Indian team defeated Lebanon in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals.
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