SAFF Cup: India beats Pakistan 3-1 to soar into final

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Seven-time champion India cruises into the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, in Dhaka with a 3-1 win over Pakistan.

Stephen Constantine’s side will defend its title against Maldives in Saturday’s summit clash.

Manvir Singh struck twice in the second half before Sumeet Passi headed home a clinical pass. After a goalless first-half, Manvir scored his first in the 49th minute only to double the score-line twenty minutes later. Substitute Passi sealed the fate of the match in the 83rd minute. For Pakistan Hassan Bashir reduced the margin in the 88th minute.

India will now meet Maldives which made short work of Nepal 3-0 in the first semi-final.

The first goal came off a brilliant counter-attack. Ashique Kuruniyan ran past everyone down the left and unleashed a low cross which was gleefully tapped in by Manvir to set the Indian fans berserk.

If that was good, the second goal was even better.

Lalliazuala Chhangte who replaced Nikhil Poojary in the 68th minute made an immediate impact as India doubled the lead. The super-sub made a blistering run down the middle of the pitch, sidestepped two defenders and passed it to Vinit Rai.

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