Indian football team wins SAFF U-18 Championship


Kathmandu: The Indian football team won the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time after they defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the title clash here on Sunday.

Vikram Pratap Singh scored the opening goal of the match when the game was in the second minute but Bangladesh scored an equaliser before the end of the first half. Both the teams were stuck on 1-1 until Ravi Bahadur Rana scored an impeccable goal in the 90+1′ minute of the match, handing India U-18 a 2-1 win.

Meanwhile, both teams were reduced to 10-men each in the 22nd minute when Gurkirat Singh and Md Fahim were given marching orders following a tiff. Bangladesh were further reduced to nine men in the 40th minute when their skipper Yeasin was booked for a second yellow card for “illegitimate celebration” following the equaliser.

India U-16 team have qualified for the AFC U-16 Championships while the U-19 Team will play the AFC Qualifiers in November in their quest to qualify for the AFC Finals.

AIFF President Praful Patel congratulated India U-18 for their achievement.

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