India qualify for the semi-finals of the SAFF Championship 2013

Wim Koevermans' outfit produced yet another poor performance in their third group game but progressed due to a better head-to-head record...
The Indian national team have qualifed for the semi-finals of the SAFF Championship 2013 despite their 1-2 defeat to Nepal in the last Group A encounter at the Dashrath Rangasala in Kathmandu, while Jack Stefanowski's side continued their unbeaten run and finished as the group leaders with seven points from three outings.

Anil Gurung and Jumanu Rai scored for the host nation in the 70th and 81st minutes respectively, while Syed Nabi (90+2') pulled one back for India in stoppage time.

Pakistan beat Bangladesh 2-1 in the other match played at the Halchowk Rangasala, but lost out to the Blue Tigers who have a better head-to-head record against Shahzad Anwar's side thanks to an own goal scored by Samar Ishaq.

India finish their group stage campaign with four points from three matches and will await the result of Friday's match between Afghanistan and Maldives, who have both qualified from Group B, to find out who they face in semi-finals which are scheduled for 8 and 9 September - both of which will be staged at the Dasrath Rangasala, also the venue for the final to be held on 11 September. All matches will kick-off at 6.15 pm IST

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