SAFF Cup Highlights: Maldives beat India 2-1 to become new champions

SAFF Cup Final, India vs Maldives Football Highlights: India went down 2-1 to Maldives in the final of the SAFF Cup in Dhaka.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 15, 2018 8:47:06 pm
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives Live Score SAFF Cup: Maldives beat India 2-1.

SAFF Cup Final, India vs Maldives Football Highlights: India were the favourites to win the SAFF Cup 2018 tournament taking place in Dhaka. The ‘Men’ in Blue were unbeaten in the tournament but went down in the final as Maldives beat them 2-1 to become the new SAFF champions. Sumeet Passi’s goal in the added time was too little too late for India as Maldives dominated in the match to emerge victorious. Here are the highlights of the SAFF Cup final between India and Maldives:

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SAFF Cup Final Highlights: India 1-2 Maldives

20:28 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final: India 1-2 Maldives
20:28 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final: India 1-2 Maldives

Maldives beat India 2-1 to become the new champions of SAFF Cup. India have only themselves to be blamed for losing the final. 

CHAMPIONS

1993 - India

1995 - Sri Lanka

1997 - India

1999 - India

2003 - Bangladesh

2005 - India

2008 - Maldives

2009 - India

2011 - India

2013 - Afghanistan

2015 - India

20:24 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

GOAAAAL! Sumeet Passi scores in added time to give India hope. Nikhil's pass reaches Passi who shoves it in easily. India trail Maldives 2-1. Is it too late?

20:18 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Terrible defending by India as Maldives attack again. India will be wanting to finish the match quickly now. Maldives know India would try to attack and are prepared with their strong defending wall.

20:10 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

That was a really good opportunity that India missed. The Blue shirts received a corner and made a complete mess of it. All it needed was a mild tap-in from the Indian skipper Manvir. How many more chances like this will India get?

20:06 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Substitution: Hitesh Sharma comes on for Anirudh Thapa for a more attacking line-up. Less than 20 minutes for the finalist to be decided.

20:01 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

GOAL! Setback for India as Ali Fassir scores to double Maldives' lead against India. A rather fine goal and a disappointing defence from India led to the second goal of the match. India are letting the match sliip away from their hands.

19:46 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Two brilliant saves from Maldives keeper Faisal ensures they stay in the lead. India earn a free-kick , taken by Anirudh Thapa. He sends it to Manvir but cleared by Maldives' defenders.

19:43 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives
19:41 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Manvir, who scored a brace in the semifinal against Pakistan, has a chance to bring India back on level terms but his header misses the target. This is followed by some drama as a player in the Maldives box has been booked for misconduct.

19:39 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

The second half of the SAFF Cup final is underway in Dhaka. India looking for an equaliser as Stephen Constantine makes the first change of the evening. German Singh replaces Davinder. 

19:19 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

HALF TIME! The referee blows the half time whistle and the Indian team trots off into the tunnel. It is Maldives who lead 1-0 at the break in Dhaka. 

19:18 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Sarthak Golui with a probing cross into the area from the right but it finds no takers. Too close to the keeper and it goes off for a goal kick. India's wait continues. And now, yellow card for India skipper Subhasish Bose for late challenge from behind on a Maldives player

19:09 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

MALDIVES CHANGE: Akram Abdul Ghanee comes off for Numaan. 

19:02 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

CHANCE! Things being created thick and fast by India now. Long ball is not cleared well and it comes to Manvir Singh whose right footed effort takes a slight deflection before hitting the side netting

19:01 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

CHANCE! Cross from left into the Maldives box but Farukh fails to get to the cross. It is blocked before both Farukh and the Maldives player lose track of the ball. A player in red from Maldives cleares the ball away for a corner. Nothing from the resulting set piece

18:53 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

MALDIVES SCORE! GOAL! Hussain breaks free from his marker before chipping the ball over Kaith to give Maldives the lead. It comes against the run of play. For the first time in the SAFF Cup, India trail. 

18:52 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Close! Ashique plays a cross from the left and finds Manvir, whose off-balance header just goes past the goal. India with the early chances and more of the attacking intent in the first half so far

18:39 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

India with the first move of the game. A cross is delivered to Manvir but he can't get enough on the shot and an easy save for Maldives goalkeeper Mohamed Faisal

18:35 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

KICKOFF! And we're off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka for India vs Maldives to decide the winner of the SAFF Cup. The last time these two met at this venue in a final, it remained 0-0 before India won on penalties. 

18:15 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

India warming up ahead of the clash starting 6.30 PM IST:

18:11 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

India XI: Vishal, Subhashish, Sarthak, Salam, Davinder, Ashique, Vinit, Anirudh, Nikhil, Manvir, Farukh

India bench: Kamaljit Singh, Sukhdev Patil, Sajid Dhot, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Vignesh D, Germanpreet Singh, Hitesh Sharma and Sumeet Passi

17:56 (IST) 15 Sep 2018
SAFF Cup Final Live, India vs Maldives

Hello and Good Evening! Welcome to our live coverage of the SAFF Cup final between India and Maldives to be played in Dhaka. India are the only unbeaten team in the tournament and are strong favourites to keep that run going. The beat Maldives 2-0 in the league stage. What will be the outcome now?