India’s senior men’s football team secured their ninth SAFF Championship title by defeating Kuwait in the finals. The thrilling match took place at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday, July 4. As the teams remained tied 1-1 after full time and extra-time, the game was decided by a penalty shootout, with India emerging as the champions after a 5-4 victory.
Tensed Moments and Equalizing Goal
The match was filled with tension, especially for Indian fans, as Kuwait took the lead with a goal by Shabib Al Khaldi in the 14th minute. However, India managed to equalize before the first half ended, with Lallianzuala Chhangte finding the back of the net in the 38th minute.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s Heroic Save
The penalty shootout was a nail-biting affair, with both teams vying for victory. India’s goalkeeper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, emerged as the hero by making a decisive save during the shootout, securing India’s championship win.
Celebratory Scene at Kanteerava Stadium
Following India’s victory, the Kanteerava Stadium witnessed a heartwarming celebration. The enthusiastic and united crowd of fans started singing ‘Vande Mataram,’ the iconic Indian patriotic song composed by AR Rahman, in a powerful display of patriotism and joy. Videos of this heartening moment have been circulating on social media, evoking emotions of pride and triumph among fans.
Jeakson Singh’s Plea for Peace
Amid the post-match celebrations, Indian midfielder Jeakson Singh expressed a heartfelt message for peace. He clarified that he had put his Meitei flag on display during the celebrations to draw attention to the ongoing conflict in Manipur and urged everyone to strive for peace.
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