Dasarath Stadium, Kathmandu
18.15 IST, 9th September 2013


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FT : India  1  –  0  Maldives

Thats it ! Final whistle. The Maldivian players are ganging up against the Ref on the pitch. Not good scenes here. India enter their ninth SAFF finale and would face Afghanistan to re-clinch the title!

94′ : Robin Singh receives a caution for a foul . Thats yellow card number 5 for India. Last seconds here as Subrata shouts ‘Push Up’

92′ : Couple of attempts on the Indian goal. This is getting nervy to say the least.

90′ : Maldives make couple of changes but its surely too late for the reds. Robin Singh meanwhile shielding the ball way up on the corner flag.

88′ :  That was yet another late goal by India but can they hold here. Last couple of minutes plus added time which should be approx 4 mins !

India  1  –  0  Maldives

86′ : GOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL ! Arnab Mondal !!! He cant believe it himself. From the corner Mondal slots that in !

84′ : Jeje hits the side netting ! What a chance !

82′ : Corner for India. Smart one. As Mehtab literraly passed it for Gourmangi who heads back into the box but Imran Mohammed picks it up.

80′ : Mohd Umair with half a chance there but the shot is collected by Subrata

78′ : Some words being exchanged by both sets of players. Some rough play there. Arata is down again. Jewel comes in for Arata Izumi. It has been terrific performance by Arata today.

76′ : A wrong back pass by Nirmal and we have Ashfaq on the ball one on one with Subrata as Ashfaq turns the ball away and Subrata slides and Ashfaq dives down. Is cautioned by the Ref as there was absolutely no contact. Good call by the Ref !

74′ : Francisco has been lively on the wings. Crucial period this in the match. A goal here could be lethal.

72′ : Syed Nabi with a fantastic flat cross across the Maldivian defense nearly gets to Robin Singh but is well collected by the goal keeper. Meanwhile Arata is down with a knock.

70′ : Ali Ashfaq with his artistic movements upfront has been a concern for India through out but has been handled well by the Indian defense so far

68′ : Ref gives a caution for Lenny and Rasheed. Fourth one for India in this match !

66′ : Free kick from 30 yards for Maldives straight into the wall is cleared out for a corner.

64′ : Ali Ashfaq to Mohd Aamir who hits it first time and Subrata dives across to save.

62′ : Francisco on the right wing passes to Robin Singh who turns past the defender just outside the box , shoots , but is way high. That was a great chance wasted !

60′ : Jeje brought down by Ali Faseer and gets an instant yellow. Blunt challenge there. Now Mehtab on the free kick.

58′ : Confusion in the Indian defense as Gourmangi clears the ball for yet another corner. Maldives are on the move here.

56′ : Dangerous movements by Ashfaq on the left , now inside the box and a pin point tackle by Gourmangi sends the ball out for a croner

54′ : Another long ranger by Jeje goes wayward. Should have played it for Robin or Nabi on the left.

52′ : Gouramangi intercepts a move by Mohd Ashfaq. Jeje and co. are closing the Maldivian midfield very quickly and not giving the reds anytime to settle down

50′ : India with couple of half chances in the first few minutes here. Maldives have a corner now and Subrata mis-punches the ball and is cleared by Syed Nabi on the line!

HT : India  0  –  0  Maldives

45′ : Good and quick build up play by India. Mehtab moves ahead and passes to Francis who finds Lenny  running on the right then to Arata who turns and lays it for Mehtab again who comes form behind and shoots but the shot is wayward.

40′ : Nirmal Chhetri gets a caution as the Indian defense is put under bit of pressure here with Mohd. Ashfaq and Mohd. Amir

35′ : Lenny to Francisco now to Mehtab who does a  one touch for Arata. Good football by India. Robin and Jeje are a strong combination upfront but can they score ? Gouramangi comes into action on the right flank now.

30′ : Syed Rahim Nabi doing lot of running up and down on the left wing for India. Ashfaq Ali with a free kick now from a difficult angle outside the D. What a wonderful curler from the Maldivian captain and Subrata stretches out to stop the curling shot.

25′ : Maldives keeping the ball for a while as they build up slowly.Robin Singh zeroed in really well on the defender and so did Jeje upfront.  Ali Ashfaq is down yet again. India are passing the ball well today .

20′ : Jeje doing his defensive duties as he comes way back into the Indian half . Arnab Mondal clears one long as Lenny Rodrigues comes into action with a long cross too. Nice team play by India so far.

15′ : Syed Rahim Nabi to to Izumi again as Arata shields the ball and earns a foul against Mohd Rafiq. Mehtab Hossain on the free kick which reached Robin Singh  in midst of read defenders and the header goes out. Meanwhile Mehtab gets a booking !

 10′ : Ten minutes into the match and pretty lively start by both teams.  Arata with half a chance up front as he got a touch too much inside the D.

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