New Delhi: Indian football team has created history. Team India has won the 9th South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship after defeating Kuwait 5-4 on penalties. That is, the team has become the champion of South Asian football. The game went into extra time after both teams were tied 1–1. This was followed by a penalty shootout. In which the Indian team scored 5 goals. While Kuwait was able to score only 4 goals.
🇮🇳 INDIA are SAFF 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 for the 9️⃣th time! 💙
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Team India’s brilliant performance in the penalty shootout
Shabib Al Khalidi scored for Kuwait in the 14th minute. After this, Lalinzuala Chhangte scored a goal in the 38th minute for the Indian team to make the score 1-1. Then there was a tough fight for the goal in both the teams till the last minute, but neither team could succeed. Eventually both the teams were given extra time, but even this did not result in a penalty shootout. Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalinjuala Chhangte, Subhashish Bose and Mahesh Singh scored goals for the Indian team here.
Mahesh Naorem scores, and Gurpreet saves Hajiah’s penalty! IT’S ALL OVER!
KUW 1⃣-1️⃣ IND
🇰🇼: ❌ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ❌
🇮🇳: ✅ ✅ ✅ ❌ ✅ ✅
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Big contribution of Gurpreet Singh
Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh had a big contribution in India’s victory. In the penalty shoot-out, he brilliantly stopped Kuwait captain Khalid Al Ibrahim’s final shot. In the penalty shootout, both teams get five chances to score five goals each. The team that misses in this has to face defeat in the match. After five shots each, both the teams were tied at 4-4. Udanta Singh for India and Mohammad Abdullah for Kuwait missed the target. After a four-four draw, it was the turn of sudden death. In this, the team which misses to score the goal directly loses. He doesn’t get a second chance. Naurem Mahesh Singh scored for India in sudden death. At the same time, the shot of Kuwait captain Khalid was stopped by India’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh. After this Team India captured the championship.