India pipped a energetic Maldives 3-2 to enter a final of a South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championships for a record 10th time after in-form Jeje Lalpekhlua struck twice in a stirring semi-final, here today.
Once again display his scoring abilities after an considerable Indian Super League (ISL), Jeje found a net in a 34th and 66th notation after skipper Sunil Chhetri put a hosts forward with a curtsy in a 25th notation during a Trivandrum International Stadium.
Ahmed Nashi (45’+2′) and Amdaan Ali (75) were on aim for Maldives in a compare that was noted by smashing aggressive play and bad defending.
Seeking a record 7th SAFF title, India were on a diversion from a word go as Chhetri played one to Arnab Mondal whose left-footed shot deflected off Jeje’s feet on a approach into a behind of a net. However, a 24-year-old Chennaiyin FC striker was ruled off-side.
In a 22nd minute, Holicharan Narzary’s crack off a Eugeneson Lyngdoh dilemma was privileged only in time by a Maldives’ defence.
India shortly pennyless a deadlock when a country’s all-time heading scorer Chhetri cashed in on a Narzary cranky from a right and headed in a round past a Maldives goalkeeper mran. Before that Lyngdoh’s shot was kept out by a custodian.
There was another possibility for India, though Imran kept out Jeje’s try before finally giving in when Narzary played one over a Maldives counterclaim to Jeje, who slotted it in past a untimely goalkeeper to make it 2-0 for a home side coached by Stephen Constantine.
160th ranked Maldives looked unfortunate for a idea and Ahmed Nashid delivered a products for a visiting side when he done use of a pass from Imaaz, who perceived a round from Ali Ashfaq.
Almost certain to urge on their stream FIFA ranking of 166 after this win, India were celebrating again as Jeje done it 3-1. Chhetri played one for Jeje inside a box and a Mizo kid dribbled past Amdaan Ali and afterwards Shafiu Ahmed before fixation a round to a goalkeeper’s right.
With a pillow of dual goals, Constantine motionless to call behind Chhetri and brought in a rarely earnest Chhangte Lallianzuala in a 74th minute. A notation later, Maldives gave themselves wish with a strike by Ali Amdaan, who headed in a dilemma after outjumping Arnab Mondal.
Even as Maldives desperately attempted to demeanour for an equaliser, India, who pounded with flair, hold onto a lead to emerge jubilant after dual shining assists from Narzary.
India accommodate a leader of a second semi-final between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.