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SAFF 2023: India Triumphs Over Kuwait in Final


Football  •  5 Jul, 2023  •  2,295 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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In a thrilling face-off that was a testament to the growing stature of football in the region, the SAFF Championship 2023 Final saw traditional rivals India and Kuwait battling it out for the coveted title. The iconic Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore, India, was packed to capacity as fans cheered on their home team, while a vocal Kuwaiti contingent ensured their team was not lacking in support. This unforgettable match pushed the boundaries of skill, endurance, and team play.

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The High-Octane Showdown

SAFF Championships 2023: India wins the title — HIGHLIGHTS
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The match kicked off under the floodlit stadium with both teams demonstrating their tactical brilliance and physical prowess right from the whistle. The first half of the match was a closely contested battle with neither team able to break the deadlock.

Indian forward Sunil Chhetri led the front line with his exceptional skill and vigour, while Kuwait's stalwart, Bader Al-Mutawa, showcased his class with brilliant passes and ball control. Both defences remained resolute, resulting in a goalless stalemate at half-time.

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The Game-changing Moments

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As the second half commenced, both teams came out with renewed energy, keen to stamp their authority on the game. It was India that drew first blood in the 57th minute, thanks to a magnificent strike from their talisman, Sunil Chhetri. A perfectly timed cross from the left flank by Indian winger Udanta Singh found Chhetri, who made no mistake in slotting it into the back of the net.

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