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SAFF Championship

  • 9 September 2013
  • • 18:15
  • • Dashrath Rangasala, Kathmandu
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  • Maldives showing no sporting spirit at all. It didnt need to end like this.Anyways this is Ayush Srivastava signing off from the live commentary. You can get in touch on twitter via @ayush_sri and join me on Wednesday for the final, a repeat of the 2011 fixture!
  • What did you make of this India performance? tweet to @ayush_sri
  • And red Cards to Ali Umar and Rasheed after the final whistle for arguing with the referee after the full-time. And its becoming embarrasing here as Maldives players fighting with anyone and everyone they can find. this is poor by them!
  • 90' + 6'
    Red CardMohammad Rasheed
  • 90' + 6'
    Red CardAli Umar
  • 90' + 4'
    Yellow CardRobin Singh
  • 90' + 4'
    And that's it!! India are through to the final and they have done it without Sunil chhetri! Arnab Mondal with a late winner
  • 90' + 3'
    Ali Ashfaq almost through but a very good last ditch tackle by Nabi. This is getting desperate!
  • 90' + 1'
    SubstitutionMohammad Rasheed Hassan Adhuham
  • 90' + 1'
    A couple of quick subs by Maldives but India now have the ball due to a foul on Robin.
  • 90'
    SubstitutionAhmed Niyaz Ali Umar
  • 89'
    Maldives press forward for an equalizer but India holding on really well. the ball is now in Maldives' half.
  • 86'
    GoalArnab Mondal
    GOAL!! India lead! Corner headed back towards Arnab who rifles his shot home and the Indian bench goes wild. Is there enough time for a Maldives reply?
  • 85'
    And Jeje this time puts the ball in the back of net sending the fans wild but the referee has ruled it was a foul on the keeper by Jeje, after which the custodian had spilled the ball.
  • 84'
    Jeje hits the side netting. India really pressing deep into Maldives' half, and they get into the box, the ball drops to Jeje who shoots when he could have squared to Robin.
  • 81'
    Maldives break down the right but Umair's shot is weak and easily gathered by the keeperMeanwhile Aditya Dimri tweets, "Indian defenders have held their nerves. The midfield and ball passing is good. We just need some decency in sending in crosses!"Tweet your views to @ayush_sri
  • 80'
    SubstitutionArata Izumi J. Raja
  • 78'
    Some hand bags between Arnab and Umair. Meanwhile Jewel replaces Arata, who comes off on a stretcher.
  • 74'
    Yellow CardAli Ashfaq
  • 73'
    And India almost shoot themselves on the foot. Poor pass by Nirmal and Ashfaq steels in! However he tries to round the keeper and goes down for a penalty but the referee penalizes him for a dive! What a suicidal pass by Nirmal!
  • 70'
    Meanwhile Pranay Sagar tweets, "indeed Indians are favourites but i am betting for goalless 120' minutes into the penalites"Do you agree with his predictions? Tweet to @ayush_sri
  • 68'
    Good cross by Nabi and again the keeper anticipates it and takes it ahead of Robin.
  • 64'
    Yellow CardMohammad Rasheed
  • 64'
    Yellow CardLenny Rodrigues
  • 64'
    Arnab with a last ditch tackle after he failed to notice the player behind him and then Gouramangi brings down Ashfaq and gets a yellow. Another couple of yellows for Lenny and Mohd. Rasheed. Not sure they were needed really!
  • 62'
    Yellow CardGouramangi Singh
  • 60'
    And it opens up well for India there. Good play between Lenny and Francis and the winger finds Robin Singh who cus in but his shot is well wide. COuld have done better.
  • 59'
    Yellow CardAli Fasir
  • 57'
    Ali Ashfaq gets into some space and almost dribbles past a couple of challenges before Gouramangi clears for a corner
  • 53'
    India hold on to the possessionw ell there for a long time. Eventually it opens up for Jeje who drives from distance but the ball goes over.
  • 50'
    The game opening up here. First Nirmal with a great cross which maldives just about deal with. On the other end Subrata flaps on a regulation cross, ball falls to Niyaz but Subrata does well to hold on to his well hit effort.
  • 48'
    And some great wing-play by Francis there but the eventual cross is poor! That could have been dangerous.
  • 46'
    And we are underway in the second half, can Maldives up their game or will India get the winner?
  • 'Barca Boy' tweets that the team seems to be missing Sunil Chhetri but he is impressed that they are pressing the opposition.Meanwhile Shareef says that this India squad is very weak.
  • Has India impressed you with their game so far? Or are Maldives still the favourites to go through? Tweet your views to me on my handle @ayush_sri
  • Istvan Urbanyi cant wait to even get in the dressing room and starts barking instructions to his players on the pitch itself, Phil Brown style!
  • 45' + 1'
    And the referee brings the half to an end. India have done well so far but not yet broken through.
  • 44'
    Robin gets the ball and he lets rip from distance. Umair feels the full force fo the shot, and is presently down, requiring treatment.
  • 43'
    And India attack well, but yet again dither over the final shot. Eventually the ball falls to Mehtab Hossain, but his shot is dragged wide.
  • 42'
    Yellow CardNirmal Chettri
  • 41'
    Maldives try to hit India on the counter. Ashfaq finds Umair but the winger is unable to return the favour. then Nirmal Chettri gets yellow carded for an unnecessary and over eager tackle
  • 37'
    Ali Ashfaq having a frustrating afternoon so far. India have marked him out well.
  • 37'
    Ali Ashfaq having a frustrating afternoon so far. India have marked him out well.
  • 33'
    Ahamed Niyaz retains the ball well there and then unleashes a shot which bobbles infront of Subrata, but he gathers on the second attempt.
  • 30'
    Good shot by Jeje there, but it goesjust over the bar. Getting close,both the teams!
  • 26'
    Mehtab with another foul there. needs to be careful there, having picked up an early card. Ashfaq's freekick beats everyone but Subrata punches it out and the defenders complete the clearance
  • 23'
    India settling into the game. lenny with a brilliant pass to Lenny whose first time cross is blocked. Nirmal then gets the ball, and crosses in. The keeper intervenes though, just ahead of Arata.
  • 20'
    Some great pressing by India there. They make it difficult for Maldives to clear and eventually Jeje has a shot which is blocked. India have made a decent beginning.
  • 16'
    Lenny wasteful in possession there. The ball breaks to him and he tries to find Francis with the proverbial hollywood pass, when keeping hold of the ball would have been more prudent.
  • 15'
    Yellow CardMehtab Hossain
  • 13'
    A freekick to India which Mehtab floats in. However Arata is not able to direct it goalwards.
  • 11'
    Arata and Francis there had good chances to shoot, but dithered, much to the chagrin of the few Indians here.
  • 8'
    Ali Ashfaq latches on to a loose ball and then holds on to it until fouled by Mehtab. He looks in good touch today.
  • 5'
    And some wonderful link-up there between Robin Singh, Jeje and Arata, with Jeje looking to play in the Pune FC man, but he ball is a bit over-hit.
  • 5'
    And some wonderful link-up there between Robin Singh, Jeje and Arata, with Jeje looking to play in the Pune FC man, but he ball is a bit over-hit.
  • 3'
    Jeje sends in a cross from the left as goalkeepr Imran Mohamed takes a knock from Arata Izumi.
  • 2'
    Umair's free-kick was just about saved by Subrata Paul and the ball eventually goes out for a corner.
  • 1'
    Fairly early in the game and Ali Ashfaq is bought down by gouramangi Moirangthem.
  • 1'
    AND it's India who kick-off the proceedings!
  • Maldives have been in sublime form in this competition as they scored 18 goals in their opening two matches where the opposition was down to ten men. Against Afghanistan, they didn't score a goal. Can they return back to their goal scoring ways?
  • Can Robin Singh fill in for the star striker Sunil Chhetri? The Indian contingent would hope so it does.
  • Subs: Karanjit Singh, Sandip Nandy, Raju Gaikwad, Nallappan Mohanraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Jewel Raja, Alwyn George, Dawson Fernandes.
  • INDIA: Subrata Paul, Nirmal Chettri, Arnab Mondal, Mehtab Hossain, Gouramangi Singh, Arata Izumi, Lenny Rodrigues, Francis Fernandes, Robin Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Syed Rahim Nabi.
  • Wim Koevermans has opted to start with Robin Singh to replace the suspended Sunil Chhetri as the lone striker. Nalappan Mohanraj, who has had a shoddy tournament so far, was benched in favour of Syed Nabi into the left back slot. Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fernandes have been included in the starting eleven aafter having missed out in the last tie against Nepal.
  • Subs: Mohammad Imran, Ibrahim Irfah Arif, Rilwan Waheed, Ahmed Rasheed, Ismail Easa, Imaaz Ahmed, Abdulla Asadhulla, Ali Umar, Hassan Adhuham.
  • MALDIVES: Mohamed Shifan, Ahmed Niyaz, Mohamed Arif, Ali Ashfaq, Akram Abdul Ghani, Shafiu Ahmed, Imran Mohamed, Mohamed Umair, Ali Fasir, Ahmed Abdullah, Mohamed Rasheed.
  • Maldives coach Istvan Urbanyi included Ali Ashfaq and Ali Fasir, who were rested in the last game, in the line-up with Ahmed Rasheed and Ali Umair being left out.
  • The winner of the game will face Afghanistan who qualified yesterday after beating Nepal 1-0 at the same venue.
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