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SAFF Cup, India vs Nepal as it happened: Chhangte creates history as India win 4-1 to advance to SF

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Vinayakk Mohanarangan December 27, 2015 20:39:48 IST
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SAFF Cup, India vs Nepal as it happened: Chhangte creates history as India win 4-1 to advance to SF

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Dec 27, 2015 - 20:39 (IST)

With that, it's time to sign off. A great night for India, and feels like a watershed moment in the career of young Lallianzuala Chhangte. Remember the name, folks. Join us again for the semifinals as India will take take on Maldives or Afghanistan. 

Adios till then!

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:30 (IST)

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:30 (IST)

Oh wow, I did not see that coming. 

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:29 (IST)

Amen to that. There were two 17-year-olds in the Nepal starting lineup and the goalscorer Bimal Nagar was one of them.

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:27 (IST)

It's full time at Trivandrum International Stadium. India complete a turnaround to win 4-1 thanks to goals from Rowlin Borges, Sunil Chhetri and a brace from 18-year-old Lallianzuala Chhangte. Big night for the youngster. India head to semifinals as group toppers and it's a early exit for Nepal.  

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:27 (IST)

It's full time at Trivandrum International Stadium. India complete a turnaround to win 4-1 thanks to goals from Rowlin Borges, Sunil Chhetri and a brace from 18-year-old Lallianzuala Chhangte. Big night for the youngster. India head to semifinals as group toppers and it's a early exit for Nepal.  

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:23 (IST)

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:23 (IST)

GOAL! And it's that man Chhangte again. A super chip cross from Rowlin from left, a very clever run through the channels by the youngster & a header that loops over the stranded goalkeeper. What a night for the youngster!! 4-1 now.

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:19 (IST)

Absolutely can't get over that screamer from Zuala. Stunning. Simply stunning. Nepal have been well and truly beaten here by the hosts. 

After 88 mins India 3-1 Nepal

Dec 27, 2015 - 20:18 (IST)

Absolutely can't get over that screamer from Zuala. Stunning. Simply stunning. Nepal have been well and truly beaten here by the hosts. 

After 88 mins India 3-1 Nepal

Match preview:

Thiruvananthapuram: India football coach Stephen Constantine believes the SAFF Championship game against Nepal here on Sunday will be a tricky one.

Nepal lost their opener against Sri Lanka 0-1 while India, in their first game, beat Sri Lanka 2-0.

SAFF Cup India vs Nepal as it happened Chhangte creates history as India win 41 to advance to SF

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"Nepal were unlucky to lose their first match. They are a good side and tomorrow will be a tricky match. We are an improving team and hopefully we will get the result we desire," Constantine said on Saturday.

The coach confirmed that striker Robin Singh's leg injury wasn't a serious one and that he would feature in the game. "Robin's X-ray reveals it isn't anything serious. He will be back."

Post-breakfast on Saturday, the players hit the beach for recovery sessions.

"When you do recovery sessions in water, it's quite beneficial for the players. They don't feel the pressure, the banging on the joints as the water takes away all the pressure," the English tactician said.

"It also gets them out of the hotel apart from their daily schedule which at times can be boring. When you train with scenery behind you it's quite a bit of fun. So it's as much mental as physical."

Defender Arnab Mondal said that the squad is fearless and the players are up to the challenges ahead.

"Life is synonymous with challenges. Waters will be deep but we are there to ride and swim out of the deep. We are Constantine's squad. We are fearless," Mondal said.

Nepal played some brilliant football in their last game but failed to score. The contest therefore promises to be full of pace and thrill.

IANS

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