SAFF Championship 2018: India vs Pakistan Semi-Final Highlights: India defeated Pakistan 3-0 as they sealed a berth in the finals of the SAFF championship in Bangladesh. It was Manvir who doubled India’s lead, India lead 2-0. Indian team displayed flurry of attacks at the beginning, Pakistan came back later and went for some quick counter-attacks, In the first 45 minutes, India put forward statistically superior performance but Pakistan defenders averted the danger well with a tactically sound defence.

India will take on Pakistan in a football match after a decade and hence all eyes will be on the encounter. India starts favourites, yet new-look Pakistan has shown that they have the capability to stage an upset.Also Read - IND vs PAK Live Streaming, Asia Cup 2022: When And Where to Watch India vs Pakistan Live in India

It will be a thrilling encounter as Pakistan is making a comeback to international football after a hiatus for three years. This is India’s second string side where most players are U-23, with only one player above that age group, Sumeet Passi. Also Read - Asian Champions Trophy 2021: India Beat Arch-Rivals Pakistan in Seven Goal Thriller, Clinch Bronze Medal in 3rd Place Match

The Blue Tigers have got off to an emphatic start in the ongoing tournament, they beat the Stephen Constantine-team beat Srilanka and the Maldives 2-0. This will be India’s first encounter with the neighbours after a gap of a decade, hence the added interest. Also Read - ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan Thrash SC East Bengal By 3-0 in Kolkata Derby

Pakistan, on the other hand, has defeated Nepal and Bhutan in their previous encounters and lost to Bangladesh to reach this stage.

Pakistan coach, Brazil’s Jose Antonio Nogueira, he took over last year and the results were out there for everyone to see as their football side won U-23 side register their first win in over four decades at the Asian Games. He believes in positive play and being aggressive.

Pakistan will miss former captain Kaleemullah who has been unfit and has since signed for a Turkish fourth division side, while Danish footballer Adnan Mohammad had visa issues that barred him from joining the squad.

Pakistan has made it to the semi-final of the competition for the first time since 2005, with their best finish dating back to 1997 when they finished third. This will be a team brimming with confidence.

Hence, the arch-rivals cannot be taken lightly by Constantine.

“We are aware of the contest. But that is nothing different. It’s just another match. We can’t let the occasion get over us and hopefully, we will beat them to advance to the final,” Constantine told the AIFF.

Live Updates

  • 8:56 PM IST

    FULL TIME: Manvir Singh scored a brace and Sumeet Passi’s telling header sealed the game for team India. There was drama in the game with a player was sent off from each side for getting involved in a tiff.

    Pakistan’s Hassan Bashir pulled one back at the 88th minute.

    SCORE : India 3, Pakistan 1

  • 8:48 PM IST

    88′ Goal! Pakistan’s Hassan Bashir pulls one back.

    India 3, Pakistan 1

  • 8:46 PM IST

    RED CARD: India’s Chhangte and Moshin Ali were shown a red for getting into a tiff after with each other!

  • 8:44 PM IST

    Birthday boy Sumeet Passi scores the third goal! This seals it for team India!

    India 3, Pakistan 0!

  • 8:42 PM IST

    82‘ Goalscorer Manvir Singh substituted as India’s number 10, Sumit Passi comes on.

  • 8:40 PM IST
    69′ What a super-sub Chhnagte has been. He has been simply outstanding to outpaced the defenders. The pocket-sized powerhouse passes it to Vinit who guides it to Manvir Singh. The striker blasts it home.

    IND 2-0 PAK
  • 8:33 PM IST

  • 8:16 PM IST
    54′ Choudhary again! Subhasish Bose floats a long ball for him. The forward jumps to head it home but fails to connect it properly.

    IND 1-0 PAK
  • 8:13 PM IST
    51′ Pakistan seems to have lost their cool. A rash challenge on Anirudh Thapa and the referee flashes the yellow.

    IND 1-0 PAK
  • 8:12 PM IST

    49′ Cometh the hour, cometh the man!!! Manvir Singh breaks the deadlock. Ashique sprints down the flank and delivers a low ball for the striker who pokes it perfectly to open the scoring.

    India 1- Pakistan 0