2⃣ Successful Penalty Shoouts in a row! INDIA 🇮🇳 ARE THE SAFF CHAMPIONS AGAIN! 🤩— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 4, 2023
KUW 1⃣-1️⃣ IND
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🇮🇳: ✅ ✅ ✅ ❌ ✅ ✅
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The decisive moment of the match came in the penalty shootout sudden death when India's goalkeeper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, made a crucial save. Kuwait's captain, Khaled Hajiah, aimed his shot to the right of the goal, but Sandhu anticipated correctly and made a remarkable one-handed save to secure the win for Igor Stimac's side.
Earlier in the shootout, both India's Udanta Singh and Kuwait's Mohammad Abdullah missed their chances, adding to the tension of the final moments. The teams had previously faced each other in the group stage, where they also played out a 1-1 draw.
Kuwait took the lead in the 13th minute through Shabaib Alkhaldi's close-range finish. However, India fought back and equalized in the 38th minute when Lallianzuala Chhangte found the net with a powerful strike after receiving a squared ball from Sahal Abdul Samad.
The match remained evenly contested throughout regular time and extra time, leading to the dramatic penalty shootout. Ultimately, it was Sandhu's heroic save that sealed India's victory and sparked celebrations among the players and fans.
With this triumph, India adds another SAFF Championship title to their impressive record in the tournament, further solidifying their status as a force to be reckoned with in South Asian football.">