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SAFF Championship

  • 11 September 2013
  • • 18:15
  • • Dashrath Rangasala, Kathmandu
  • Referee: T. Shamsuzzaman

Live Commentary

  • And that's all I, Ayush Srivastava have from the stadium here. Its been a pleasure covering this tournament with your support. This is all I have from here, do wait for our match report and quotes from the conference. Ciao!
  • All Afghan players singing and praying on the pitch. What a historic moment for them!<br> Do you also think they deserved this win? tweet to @ayush_sri
  • 90' + 5'
    Yellow Card Nadeem Waheed
  • 90' + 5'
    And that's full-time! Afghanistan have won their first International crown and taken revenge for the 2011 loss, by beating India 2-0. They were the more clinical side here,a nd thus deserve the win.
  • 90' + 4'
    Dawson with a shot gathered by the keeper. Amiri already celebrating!
  • 90' + 3'
    Gouramangi heads the ball back at the far post but it goes off Arnab and towards Afghanistan who have a counter of 3 to one. But the ball is overhit and Subrata clears
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionYusef Mashriqi Nadeem Waheed
  • 90'
    Sunil's header goes just wide, from a cross by Francis. Should have put it in.
  • 87'
    Mohd. Rafi with a shot now, easily gathered by Paul. I think the Indians are also out of energy now.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionNirmal Chettri Dawson Fernandes
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Mansur Faqiryar
  • 85'
    Well it seems to be heading to a tame loss for India. Wim Koevermans throws in Dawson fernandes now, but it may be too late now. <br> Do you think Afghanistan are going to be deserved winners? Tweet your views to @ayush_sri
  • 82'
    Aras Hafifie drives just wide after Subrata gives away a bizarre freekick outside the box.
  • 79'
    India have possession and they work it to Lenny who lets rip from distance but the keepr tips it over.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionSandjar Ahmadi Ahmad Hatifie
  • 76'
    Hashmatullah blazes over! Good ball intot he box creates havoc for India and it falls for the substitute who cannot keep his shot down.
  • 74'
    Nabi finds Chhetri who takes a couple of touches to control the ball but still gets the shot at goal, but tis just over.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionMohammad Marouf Hashmatullah Barikzai
  • 71'
    India with the initiative at the moment, but really not able to make it count. Just 20 minutes left, time running out for India here!
  • 68'
    Yet again the ball falls to Chhetri after a flick on by RObin but he is caught offside.
  • 65'
    Chhetri toe pokes the ball goalwards and the keeper saves again. He should have started, especially after the long rest he had in the middle. <br> Do you think India can get back here? Tweet your views to @ayush_sri
  • 62'
    Goal Sandjar Ahmadi
    GOAL!! Sandjar Ahmadi makes it 2-0 for Afghanistan and a big gap for India to comeback from now! Arezou's shot is saved By Subrata but the ball falls to Sandjar who chips it over SUbrata who gets a hand to it, which eventually takes it away from Gouramangi,w ho could have cleared on the line.
  • 61'
    Almost some Chhetri magic here! Great ball by Lenny to Francis who exchanges passes with the forward before finding him again and he cuts past Farzad but his shot is so tame the keeper saves it!
  • 60'
    SubstitutionJeje Lalpekhlua Sunil Chhetri
  • 60'
    Almost through! Long ball almost falls to Robin who tries to get there before the keeper but his eventual chip is stopped by the keeper. <br> Chhetri meanwhile comes on for Jeje and a big roar in the stands! Can he save India here!
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Arnab Mondal
  • 57'
    Arnab gets a harsh yellow card for a foul on Azadzoy. Afghanistan try to take it quick but referee calls it back. Amiri then lets rip from 40 yards and Subrata gathers on the second attempt.
  • 54'
    Chhetri returning to the dugout after a brief warm-up. Is it time for a change? Who should come off for him? Tweet to @ayush_sri<br> Shaheryar Khan says 'Afghan Goal Keeper has made difference in this Game. salute to you mansoor Faqiryar.'
  • 51'
    Nirmal Chettri with a good interception for once sets India on the way. Francis' cross just behind Robin who tries to head it goalwards but can't direct it properly.
  • 48'
    Robin with a tame effort from outside the box, easily colelcted by the keeper. India have begun well. Arezou meanwhile with the cross towards Sandjar but Subrata gathers
  • 46'
    And we are off! Still no sign of Sunil Chhetri here. What's the issue Wim?
  • @loveafghans tweets 'Indian brothers. This time it's our turn. We have to celebrate it at the end!'Do you agree with him? Or what changes do India need to make for a reversal in fortunes? Tweet your views to @ayushsri
  • So that's half-time, quite a good open game, both defenses have been poor. Tweet your thoughts to @ayush_sri
  • 45'
    Good link-up play sees the ball reach Francis, but he decides to cross when a squared ball to Lenny would have been the better option. But Arata almost gets to the cross but the keeper manages to clear.
  • 42'
    So fans singing 'we want Sunil'. Do you agree with them? How long before he is brought on? Tweet your views to @ayush_sri
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Yusef Mashriqi
  • 41'
    Afghanistan win a freekick for a foul by Arnab. But Mashriqi takes too long to take it, and gets a yellow. Nothing comes from that bit of play eventually
  • 41'
    Afghanistan win a freekick for a foul by Arnab. But Mashriqi takes too long to take it, and gets a yellow. Nothing comes from that bit of play eventually
  • 37'
    How did that not go in?? Mehtab's piledriver saved by the keeper but Robin keeps it in play and Jeje shoots but Faiz saves it on the line and then Arata's effort is scrambled clear. You can;t get closer, without scoring!
  • 35'
    Arata's shot is closed down! A nothing more than hopeful ball into the box by Mehtab is headed towards the Pune FC  player by Amiri. The attacking midfielder shoots with his left foot but his shot is closed down.
  • 32'
    CLOSE! A well worked corner sees Mehtab find Gouramangi at the near post and he flicks it on and the ball goes past the goalmouth but no Indian is there to tap it in! Mangi asked Arnab where was he?
  • 31'
    Corner for India. They dominate some possession there, but whenever the ball is hit long towards their defense, they have been found wanting.
  • 27'
    Almost the equalizer! Good ball to Robin, who finds Francis who picks out Arata, but his shot lacks power and the keeper makes a save.
  • 26'
    WHats wrong with Jeje there? Found by a good long ball, he controls it and almost tamely passes it back to Fagiryar!
  • 24'
    Robin Singh goes close! Deep ball collected by Jeje, who finds Robin on the edge of the box. His first time shot goes just over!
  • 22'
    Some poor defending by India here, and Subrata also doesnt seem confident. Doesnt come forward for a regulation clearance and Arezou gets the ball. He tries finding Ahmadi but Nabi intervenes
  • 19'
    Great physical play by Robin Singh there. the ball by Mehtab seemed to be overhit, but he didnt give up, outmuscled Farzad Ghulam but the keeper got their just before him, and both the players are now down injured.
  • 17'
    Gouramangi concedes a freekick after being beaten for pace. Good delivery by Rafi had Subrata in all kinds of trouble, but it sailed over for a freekick.
  • 15'
    Nirmal Chettri yet again is all over the place positionally. Ball ends up at Sandjar Ahmadi's feet, but his cross goes out for a goalkick.
  • 13'
    And another error in defense almost lets Sandjar and Arezou in, but Arnab with a last gasp tackle which takes the ball out-wide. The subsequent cross towards Arezou is cleared. India need a response here!
  • 11'
    Jamhour with a corner and it forces Subrata into palming the ball over for another corner. India need a quick response, but its biggest attacking threat is on the bench!
  • 9'
    Goal Mustafa Azadzoy
    GOAL!! And Afghanistan take an early lead!! Good play by the Lions of Khorasan cut open the Indian defense, with Hadid crossing for Arezou, who controlled and slid it in for Azadzoy who fooled the keeper and put the ball in an empty net.
  • 4'
    Hadid with a freekick, deep into India's box but Subrata claims it well.Meanwhile Bibin tweets, "A very bold move by the coach and definitely a right move considering the way Chhetri has played in his recent matches!"
    Do you agree with his views? Tweet to @ayush_sri
  • 1'
    And India kick us off! And instantly they go on attack. Mehtab almost finds Francisco with a good ball.
  • The national anthems have just been played for both the teams. Good crowd today in the stadium
  • Teams are now on the pitch.Meanwhile @cule_till_death tweets 'That was certainly not expected from a coach like Koevermans..hope he gets the best result from the line up he picked up.'
  • Afghanistan meanwhile have Marouf Jamhour back on the left wing. he has been quite a vital player for them this tournament, so am sure they are happy to have him back.
  • So the big news is that Sunil Chhetri is left on the bench by Wim Koevermans! What a big call by the coach.Do you agree with his decision or will it cost India the final? Tweet your views to @ayush_sri
  • Here are the lineups -
    Afghanistan - Marouf Jamhour, Mohd. Rafi, Yusef Mashriqi, Azadzoy, Farzad Ghulam, Mustafa Hadid, Haroon Amiri (c), Mansur Fagiryar (GK), Sanjar Ahmadi, Belal Arezou, Mujtab Faiz
    India - Subrata Paul, Nirmal Chettri, Arnab Mondal, Gouramangi Moirangthem, Mehtab Hossain, Arata Izumi, Lenny Rodrigues, Francisco Fernandes, Robin Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Syed Rahim Nabi
  • Hello and welcome to Goal's coverage of the game between Afghanistan and India. This is Ayush Srivastava reporting from the Dashrath stadium.