SAFF Cup Semifinal – India Defeat Maldives 3 – 2 To Move Into The Final

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Indian Football Team end their 2015 campaign in perfect style as they defeated Maldives by 3 goals to 2 at Trivandrum today on 31st December. It was an early kick off as the game started at 3:30 PM IST. India started all guns blazing creating a number of early chances but Maldives defence and goalkeeper stood firm to deny any early inroads.

Jeje Lalpekhlua Scoring His First Goal Photo Twitter/@SAFFSUZUKICUP
Jeje Lalpekhlua Scoring His First Goal Photo Twitter/@SAFFSUZUKICUP

The deadlock was broken on the 24th minute as Indian captain Sunil Chhetri headed home a fantastic cross. Just 8 minutes later, India increased lead to 2 – 0 as Jeje Lalpekhlua got a beautiful cross from Hali Charan and made no mistake from within the penalty box. Just when it seemed India would steal the show, Maldives hit back with a goal from Nashid Ahmed on the first minute of injury time to end the first half 2 – 1.

In the second half, the boys in blue looked threatening again as the barged attack after attack on the Maldives defence. On the 61st meeting, Hali Charan created another chance for Jeje but the shot was wide. Jeje made amends for his mistake just 4 minutes later as headed in his second and India’s third goal of the night.

Jeje Scores His Second Photo Twitter/@SAFFSUZUKICUP
Jeje Scores His Second Photo Twitter/@SAFFSUZUKICUP

There was more drama left as Maldives crawled back into the match with a headed goal by Ali Amdhan on the 75th minute. But Indian defence held on rigidly for the remaining 15 minutes and ensured a final birth for India in this edition of SAFF Suzuki Cup. India will meet the winners of Sri Lanka and Afghanistan into the finals.

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Soumyajit is an SAP technical consultant with a flair for writing. An avid blog reader, he started off with a free WordPress blog and slowly moved to his own personal news and blog site. Apart from writing he loves reading books, playing table tennis and long bike trips. He is currently trying to learn playing guitar and failing miserably.

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