India introduced the much-maligned SAFF Championship 2021 marketing campaign to a contented conclusion after beating Nepal 3-0 within the closing on Saturday. A two-minute objective salvo within the second half successfully killed off the sport, giving India their eighth title within the competitors.
The 2 sides met lower than per week in the past with India rising slender victors with a late Sunil Chhetri objective in a 2-1 win. The skipper opened the scoring once more within the closing, setting the tone for a snug second-half show.
India made two adjustments to their group from the win against Maldives, each enforced. Defender Chinglensana Singh got here in for the suspended Subhashish Bose whereas Anirudh Thapa changed the injured Brandon Fernandes in midfield.
The Blue Tigers stored their form from final time as properly, lining up in a 4-1-3-2 with Lalengmawia ‘Apuia’ Ralte screening the again 4. Mohammed Yasir took up his proper midfield position with Suresh Singh Wangjam at middle and Thapa at left. Chhetri and Manvir Singh occupied the 2 ahead positions.
Head coach Igor Stimac has prevented utilizing a set model of play, as an alternative forming a gameplan with the following opposition in thoughts. Against Sri Lanka, India focused on the wings for creativity whereas towards Nepal the primary time spherical, it was the central space. The counter-attack labored wonders towards the Maldives, who got here ahead in numbers.
Within the first half of the ultimate, it was troublesome to establish a set sample of the place India’s attacking play got here from. The preliminary section noticed lengthy balls in the direction of Manvir who tried to get Chhetri into play by flick-ons and hold-up play.
The very best probability fell to Thapa, who was thwarted by an unimaginable double-save by Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Limbu. Yasir’s shot from vary was spilled by Limbu and as Thapa adopted in for the rebound, the goalkeeper caught out a hand to disclaim him.
Nepal had additionally modified their gameplan as they performed with far more power. When India’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu performed it brief to his defenders, Nepal pressed them ferociously. This compelled the Indian defenders to play it lengthy and lose possession most of the time.
Yasir key to quickfire India double
Yasir proved to be key to India’s targets within the second half. His by ball to Pritam Kotal carved open the Nepal protection earlier than the latter crossed in for Chhetri to complete. Lower than a minute later, he supplied an help for Suresh to double India’s lead on the counter-attack.
Brandon’s absence was keenly felt within the first half however Yasir’s skill on the ball allayed these fears within the second. His skill to chop inside and play incisive passes proved very helpful in breaking the Nepal protection traces.
The teen stood out in a younger Hyderabad FC aspect final ISL season alongside Liston Colaco. He has proved his high quality on the worldwide stage and will probably be set for a key position once more.
Sahal Abdul Samad capped off the victory with a positive solo objective in the direction of the tip at hand Stimac his first trophy as India head coach. It has definitely purchased him a while however the actual assessments lie forward, within the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.