Siliguri, January 5: Indian on Wednesday registers a comprehensive win against Bangladesh in the final match of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) and clinches the title. India defeats Bangladesh by 3-1 in the finals of the tournament at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri. The Indian team now remains unbeaten in 19 matches having won 18 and drawn one.
Indian team started off the match very aggressively and scored their first goal in the 12th minute through striker Dangmei Grace, who got a slight touch and the ball slowly rolled into the empty net with rival goalkeeper Sabina Akhtar caught in a dilemma. But Bangladesh players came into action immediately and playing beautifully equalised in the 40th minute of the game through Sirat Jahan Shopna as both teams headed into the interval locked at 1-1.
After the interval, Indian players were more aggressive and in the 60th minute of the game Sasmita Malik scored a goal from a penalty and a third goal from the hosts ten minutes later sealed the fate of the match. That goal was from Indumathi. Bangladesh had no answer to the Indian attack and lost the match as well as championship title.
Interestingly, this was the second time India met Bangladesh in this tournament after the two had crossed paths in the group stage as well, but that tie ended goallessly. Notably, Indian women's football team lifted their fourth consecutive SAFF Championship.
Indian women team after winning the championship were so much happy that they were singing and dancing in the dressing room. Sports Minister Vijay Goel tweeted and congratulated to Indian women team for making India proud.