2015 SAFF Cup Final: India vs Afghanistan - As it happened...

India played a brilliant game to beat favourites Afghanistan in a tense title match at the Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala and claimed the SAFF Cup title for a record seventh time. Skipper Sunil Chhetri was the hero of the match, not only for his winning goal, but for a tireless performance. Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the all-important equaliser, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu under the bar was exceptional.

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 22:01

India played a brilliant game to beat favourites Afghanistan in a tense title match at the Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala and claimed the SAFF Cup title for a record seventh time. Skipper Sunil Chhetri was the hero of the match, not only for his winning goal, but for a tireless performance. Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the all-important equaliser, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu under the bar was exceptional.

3 January 2016, 21:09 PM

3 January 2016, 21:02 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has a busy last couple of minutes. Produced a series of saves to give India the title.

3 January 2016, 21:00 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Sanju Pradhan on for Bikash Jairu.

Afghanistan's patience seemed to have lost. Another yellow card, to Ahmad Hatifi.

3 January 2016, 20:59 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Aibor Khongjee on for Mondal, and as soon as he is on the field, got a booking.

In between, Omid Popalzay had a good header, which was saved by the Indian goalie.

3 January 2016, 20:57 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Afghanistan also affected another substitute. Ahmad Hatifie on for Zubayr Amiri.

3 January 2016, 20:55 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Arnab Mondal stretchered off. And he has been replaced by another defender.

3 January 2016, 20:54 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Rowllin Borges cleared the danger, after some desperate defending. Afghans hit the woodwork in the midst too.

Meanwhile, Afghan coach has been sent off for some furious protesting, against the non-awarding of a penalty. Handballs were called for.

3 January 2016, 20:51 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: High boot from Afghan skipper Faysal Shayesteh, which almost knocked off Bikash Jairu. Free kick to India.

3 January 2016, 20:50 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Kanischka Taher, unmarked in front of India goal-mouth, produced strong shot. But Gurpreet, as usual, was there.

On the counter, India had another chance to increase the lead.

3 January 2016, 20:48 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Goal-kick to Afghanistan after a Sunil Chhetri dribble crossed the byline.

Afghan, then created their chance, only to see Gurpreet climbed high to collect the ball.

3 January 2016, 20:47 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Another set-piece for Afghanistan, and once again Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was called into action. Cool and calm.

3 January 2016, 20:46 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Pin-point pass by Hassan Amin to danger man Khaibar Amani, inside the Indian box. But, Indian defenders did well to cut short the budding attack.

3 January 2016, 20:44 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: India need to hold on another 15 mins or so to win the title for the seventh time.

3 January 2016, 20:43 PM

And a packed house

3 January 2016, 20:42 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: What a chance for Afghanistan, with Indian defenders out of bound. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu then rushed to save the ball, and in the process collided with Zubayr Amiri, who was grounded.

And that's Half-time.

3 January 2016, 20:37 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70', Chhetri 109') 2 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Skipper Sunil Chhetri just did it. From an counter attack, India scored to take lead. Khaibar Amani, who arrived at the start of the ET, had a good attempt, which was saved by Gurpreet. Then, from a long ball, Chhetri found two defenders to beat before slotting home...

3 January 2016, 20:33 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Afghans have managed to create more chances in the extra time. India just defended a well planned attack.

3 January 2016, 20:31 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Another good spell for India with Bikash Jairu and Sunil Chhetri at the helm of creative move.

In between, Eugeneson Lyngdoh has been replaced. Pronay Halder on for India.

3 January 2016, 20:28 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Earlier, Afghanistan brought in dangerous Khaibar Amani in place of Mustafa Zazai

3 January 2016, 20:26 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Yellow card to Eugeneson Lyngdoh for a foul.

3 January 2016, 20:26 PM

ET - India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: India started with an attack from the right.

3 January 2016, 20:22 PM

3 January 2016, 20:19 PM

Match into ERTA-TIME.

3 January 2016, 20:19 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: After a series of creative moves from India, Afghanistan had their chance.  A close chance, before the whistle.

3 January 2016, 20:17 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: What a cross from Bikash Jairu. And India won a corner. Bad effort from the flag kick, though.

3 January 2016, 20:16 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: In the final regulation time minute. India are probing the Afghan defence.

3 January 2016, 20:15 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Jeje Lalpekhlua indulged himself too much inside the box. He could have release the ball, and Afghanistan won back the ball.

India, in the last five minutes, have increased the tempo. Even Arnab Mondal was involved in the attack.

3 January 2016, 20:13 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Sunil Chhetri, what an attempt. His effort was saved by a diving Ovays Azizi. Corner to India.

3 January 2016, 20:13 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Sunil Chhetri's glide inside the Afghan half ended with a throw-in favour on Afghanistan. Then, from another India move, Holicharan Narzary won a free-kick in a dangerous spot. Yellow card to Hassan Amin, too.

3 January 2016, 20:11 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Afghan substitute. 19-year-old Omid Popalzay on for Norlla Amiri.

In between, Narayan Das, out of nowhere, forced Ovays Azizi to produced a leaping save. Corner to India.

3 January 2016, 20:08 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Zubayr Amiri almost found his second of the day. His effort just missed the far post, with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's dive also failing to reach the path of the ball.

3 January 2016, 20:06 PM

Jeje's goal

3 January 2016, 20:05 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Afghan skipper Faysal Shayesteh on the ground. Medics called on.

3 January 2016, 20:04 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Desperate defending fro, Afghanistan with Sunil Chhetri prowling inside the box.

3 January 2016, 20:03 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: Narayan Das booked for his high elbow.

3 January 2016, 20:01 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: The match has opened up. Afghanistan forced Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to forced a brilliant save, and a corner.

3 January 2016, 19:59 PM

India (Lalpekhlua 70') 1 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: GOAL!!! What a response from India. Within a minute Jeje Lalpekhlua equalised for India. It was nippy run from Holicharan Narzary, who found Sunil Chhetri inside the Afghan box. There, Jeje arrived in just the right moment to slot home. 

3 January 2016, 19:57 PM

India 0 - 1 (Amiri 69') Afghanistan: GOAL!!! And from a counter attack, Zubayr Amiri scored, beating Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with precision.

3 January 2016, 19:54 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Free-kick to Afghanistan in a dangerous area for India. Three-man wall. Kanischka's delivery forced a play, only to see Gurpreet Singh Sandhu taking the ball in his control.

3 January 2016, 19:52 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Indians have become adventurous. A good take in the centre by Jeje allowed India to press ahead, then Bikash Jairu sent in a cross field ball from the left for Sunil Chhetri, but the skipper was well too inside, and the ball found Holicharan Narzary instead. Then, a cross from the right went out of play.

3 January 2016, 19:50 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Another brilliant move from India, involving Chhetri and Jeje. Jeje sent in a lofted pass for the skipper inside the Afghan box. Chhetri's header, however, missed the target.

3 January 2016, 19:49 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: On the counter attack, Sunil Chhetri had an opening, but he failed to keep the ball in play.

Moments later, Holicharan Narzary won a corner. It could have been the first goal, but the Assam boy's attempt from close range was saved, deflected for corner.

3 January 2016, 19:47 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Tricky move from the Afghans, and Holicharan Narzary joined the defence line to clear it away for India.

Then, another move from the Afghan.

3 January 2016, 19:45 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: A rather weak attempt from Afghan skipper Faysal Shayesteh. The ball only rolled past the byline, as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu looked on.

3 January 2016, 19:44 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: In response, Afghanistan tried another long range attempt and missed.

3 January 2016, 19:43 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Jeje Lalpekhlua, for the second time, hit the cross-bar. What a curler. Earlier, Rowllin Borges linked up with Sunil Chhetri, then the skipper found Jeje. Then, the Mizoram player tried a left footed attempt from the left corner of the box, only to hit the cross bar. Brilliant move.

3 January 2016, 19:41 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Good reading from Arnab Mondal to cut short Afghan attack on the right left. Then, from the Indian move, Eugeneson Lyngdoh produced a long range attempt. But it failed to hit the target.

3 January 2016, 19:39 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: From the set-piece, India won a free-kick thanks to a foul.

3 January 2016, 19:38 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Mustafa Zazai took a shot on the goal, only to see Gurpreet Singh Sandhu producing a brilliant save. Corner to Afghanistan.

3 January 2016, 19:37 PM

India 0 - 0 Afghanistan: Mustafa Zazai failed to keep the ball in play. Moments later, Eugeneson Lyngdoh produced a brilliant sliding tackle to won back the possession. It could have gone mighty wrong.

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