India clinched their 9th SAFF Championship title

Ivy Sarkar

INDIA DEFEATED KUWAIT IN THE FINAL OF THE SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP 2023 AT THE SREE KANTEERAVA STADIUM, BENGALURU

AL KHALDI SCORED THE GOAL IN THE 14TH MINUTE TO GIVE KUWAIT AN EARLY LEAD BUT CHHANGTE EQUALISED IN THE 38TH MINUTE FOR INDIA

THE MATCH ENDED WITH A 1-1 SCORELINE AND EVEN EXTRA TIME COULDN’T CHANGE THAT.

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INDIA AND KUWAIT WENT TO DECIDE THEIR FATE VIA PENALTIES WHERE GURPREET SAVED THE SUDDEN DEATH SHOT OF KUWAIT’S SKIPPER TO WIN IT FOR INDIA.

BOTH TEAMS PLAYED EACH OTHER TWICE IN FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS. THE HEAD-TO-HEAD STANDS IN FAVOR OF KUWAIT WHO WON ONE MATCH BACK IN 2010 AND ONE ENDED IN DRAW IN 2023

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