India vs Kuwait SAFF Championship Final: Team India wins the SAFF Championship for the ninth time, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu becomes the wall in the penalty shootout.

India vs Kuwait SAFF Championship Final: A Nail-biting Showdown

India and Kuwait faced off in the final match of the SAFF Championship 2023. The match was evenly contested, with both teams tied at 1-1 by halftime. After extra time, the result was decided through a penalty shootout, which India emerged victorious in.

India vs Kuwait SAFF Championship Final 2023 Result: The final match of the SAFF Championship 2023 between India and Kuwait took place in Bangalore. It was an intense battle between both teams. The match ended in a 1-1 draw at halftime. Subsequently, the result was determined by a penalty shootout. Led by Sunil Chhetri, the Indian team emerged as the champions. India won the penalty shootout 5-4, securing their ninth SAFF Championship title. Prior to this, the Indian team had won the championship in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2021.

Team India Wins 9th SAFF Championship Title

India Wins 9th SAFF Championship Title

India Wins 9th SAFF Championship Title

Under the leadership of Sunil Chhetri, the Indian football team defeated Kuwait 5-4 in the penalty shootout of the final match. The hero of the victory was goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who saved penalties and secured the championship for India. With this win, India became the champions of the SAFF Championship for the ninth time. The match remained tied at 1-1 in regular time, injury time, and extra time. In the penalty shootout, Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stood like a wall and emerged as the biggest hero.

Only Regulation Goals scored In The First Half Counted

Both teams couldn’t add to the goals scored in the first half, and the match proceeded to extra time. In this match, Kuwait dominated in the early stages, taking the lead in the 14th minute through Abdullah Albaloushi’s goal. However, the Indian team launched a counter-attack against Kuwait. Lallianzuala Chhangte scored in the 39th minute, bringing the Indian team back on level terms.

India Win SAFF Championship

India Win SAFF Championship

Reaction From The Hero Of The Match, Goalkeeper Sandhu

After winning the match, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the goalkeeper of the Indian team, also shared his reaction. He said, “I think we performed really well. Credit goes to the team players for not giving up even after falling behind by one goal. Winning in a penalty shootout depends on luck, and today luck was on our side.”

Chants of “Vande Mataram” echoed in the stadium

As soon as India defeated Kuwait in the penalty shootout, chants of “Vande Mataram” (a patriotic slogan) resonated in the stadium in support of Team India. The atmosphere at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore was truly spectacular to witness.

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