India reached the SAFF Championship closing after beating Maldives in a cushty 3-1 win on the Maldives Nationwide Stadium in Male on Wednesday.
Its captain, Sunil Chhetri, was the person of the match with two targets within the event, making him the very best aim scorer on this 12 months’s event with 4 targets.
AS IT HAPPENED | SAFF Championship 2021: India 3-1 Maldives HIGHLIGHTS
His two targets took him past Brazilian legend Pele, with only one in need of Lionel Messi’s aim tally of 80 worldwide targets.
The primary aim of the match got here from Manvir, along with his right-footed hit discovering the highest proper nook. Nonetheless, a penalty after Pritam Kotal’s problem on Hamza allowed Maldives to equalise as Ashfaq made all of it sq. type the spot.
Sunil Chhetri elevated the lead additional with a powerful volley within the 62nd minute and doubled his aim tally with one other aim within the 71st minute.
The match was additionally marked with a variety of bookings, with two members of the Indian contingent – Subhasish Ghosh (defender) and Igor Stimac (head coach) despatched off on the later stage of the match.
This 12 months’s event was reworked right into a round-robin format for the ultimate place after Pakistan was suspended by FIFA and Bhutan refused to launch its gamers.
India has remained undefeated on this 12 months’s SAFF Championship and can face first-time finalist Nepal within the closing on Sunday.