Indian football team made India proud in the beginning of this year with great victory, beating the defending champs and a Top placed Afghanistan in an exciting final match to win the SAFF Cup in Thiruvananthapuram.
Indian Foot Ball Team Won SAFF Cup Against Afganistan Team
Previously India had lost to Afghanistan 0-2 in the final match of 2013 edition in Kathmandu, It is the best part in the final match among the two best teams of the local tournament however they had to respond from one goal shortage and had to relax the match in the extra time.
Both teams did not mark any changes at the renewal and Indian team focused and held stress in the first 15 minutes of the second half and almost got the top in the 56th minute, to be denied against by the crossbar.
Though, India did not lose confidence. After two minutes, they came back into the match cheers to some beautiful combination play between Captain Sunil Chhetri and Lalpekhlua. Chhetri, the Indian captain controlled a cross to Lalpekhlua, who lastly shot the ball into the net when striking the crossbar two times.
The success for 166th ranked India over higher ranked Afghanistan (150th) gave first victory of an international tournament after considering responsibility quick last year for his second phase at the wheel of dealings in India.
SAFF Cup title victory would also ease stress on the English football coach under whom India lost five and won just one match in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers while going into the tournament.
The celebrations were important – finally, not regularly does India win against a team placed top than them in football, and that also in a final. For struggling Coach Stephen Constantine, the success arises as a degree of break.