Newdelhi:17/10/21:India clinched the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship for eighth time defeating Nepal 3-0 in Male. India dominated possession in the first half but they failed to score any goal. However, captain Chhetri put India ahead minutes into the second half, and even before Nepal could settle down, Suresh made it 2-0.
Sahal made it 3-0 when he tricked a few defenders after receiving the ball on the left flank at the stroke of the final whistle Chhetri’s goal in the final game helped him level with Lionel Messi on 80 international goals. Notably, this is the Indian football team’s first title victory under head coach Igor Stimac. The final was the 12th for India in 13 editions, which also shows their domination in this regional tournament.