India defeated the hosts 3-1 at the Rashmi Dhandu Stadium in Mal মাল, the capital of the Maldives. In the first match of the day, Nepal reached the final for the first time in a draw 1-1 with Bangladesh.
Both teams will compete for the 13th SAF Championship on October 18th.
Chhetri, the country’s top scorer, has made his name in India’s final match. On the way to scoring two goals in the match, he has overtaken Pel কে in the national team’s list of top scorers. Chhetri sat next to the legendary Pel করে in a 1-0 victory over Nepal.
India went ahead after 33 minutes when Chhetri shook the crossbar. The man, who attacked with one force from the right side, hit the target with a perfect shot from his right foot. Maldives goalkeeper on the ball line but could not stop.
Ali Ashfaq tied the game at 45 minutes into the game, after a rush down the left, but his closing shot hit the post. The referee blew his whistle when Pritam Kotal failed Hamza Mohamed. India objected, but it did not work.
Chhetri led India into the game with a great volley 72 minutes into the match. With this goal, the Indian striker left Brazil’s three World Cup winners Pel লে (6) behind.
After 9 minutes, Chhetri sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. The 36-year-old striker has scored 69 goals for the national team. The SAF record ensured that the champions reached the finals seven times.
The joy of winning India is also a small ink effect. With 70 minutes played, the Igor Istimachia coach decided a substitution may help turn the game around. The referee showed him a yellow card in the first half because he repeatedly opposed the decision.
Shubhshis Bose of India received a second yellow card in error for the second half extra time. This defender cannot play in the final against Nepal.