Thiruvananthapuram: Team India has stunned the defending champions Afghanistan by 2-1 in a thrilling contest and clinched the SAFF Cup here on Sunday for the seventh time.
Indian captain Sunil Chhetri scored a thrilling winner in the 101st minute after the game ended on 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes play.
Afghanistan had taken 1-0 lead as Zubayr Amiri netted in the 70th minute of the game after goalless first half.
Two minutes later, J Lalpekhlua had denied the lead and scored the equaliser in the 72nd minute and brought back the hosts into the contest.
As Indians were leading the game 2-1 after Chhetri’s strike, the visitors went all out for an equalizer in the 114th minute which was denied by the Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh. He punched away Kanischka Taher’s free kick but the shot from the edge of the box rebounded after hitting the left post.
Whereas, the visitors demanded for a penalty claiming the ball had touched Arnab Mondal’s hands in the goal-mouth melee. But the Japanese referee Kimura Hiroyuki stuck to his ground and sent Afghan coaching marching into the stands for protesting.