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India set title clash with Nepal

13 Oct 2021 (Male') – India marched into the finals of the SAFF Championship 2021 following a 3-1 win over host Maldives, at the National Stadium, Male.

Seven-time champion India, the most successful team in the history of the championship, finished the group standing with eight points from four matches. Nepal, who had managed to snatch a point against Bangladesh, finished second with seven points.

The two sides shall meet in the finals to be played on 16 Oct. 2021.

India started off in an aggressive manner putting all their men forward and got their reward in the 33rd minute through Manvir Singh. Sunill Chhetri scored a brace in the second half with the goals coming in the 62nd and 71st minute.

Maldives pulled once back from a penalty on the stroke of half time through Ali Ashfaq who took his individual goal tally in the overall championship to 23 goals.