India U-18 National Team lifted the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time when they defeated Bangladesh U-18 2-1 in the final in Kathmandu today (Sunday, September 29, 2019).
India surged into the lead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Partap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in. The match-winner came in late in injury time when the nippy Ravi Bahadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat reduced the margin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute.
Both teams were reduced to 10-men each in the 22nd minute when Gurkirat Singh, and Md Fahim were given marching orders following a melee. Bangladesh were further reduced to 9 men in the 40th minute when rival skipper Yeasin was booked for a second yellow card for his illegitimate celebration following the equaliser.
Maldives defeated Bhutan 1-0 to become third at ANFA complex.
India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
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