In an exhilarating semi-final clash at the SAFF U19 Championship, India secured a spot in the finals by defeating home team Nepal in a penalty shootout.
India U19 will be now facing Pakistan U19 in the final on September 30.
The highly contested match ended in a 1-1 draw in regular time, leading to a thrilling penalty shootout that saw India emerge victorious.
The semi-final encounter between India U19 and Nepal U19 lived up to its expectations as both teams displayed remarkable skill and determination. The final score after regular time stood at 1-1, showcasing the evenly matched competition.
The real drama unfolded during the penalty shootout, where India's U19 team demonstrated composure and precision, ultimately prevailing with a 3-2 scoreline over the host nation, Nepal.
Earlier, Pakistan defeated Bhutan to cement their place in the final. The match finished goalless after full time and the result was decided on a penalty shootout.
Pakistan triumphed 6-5 on penalties after goalkeeper Sahil Gul made a brilliant save during the shootout.
Now, all eyes are on the grand showdown between India U19 and arch-rivals Pakistan U19 in the SAFF Championship. Football enthusiasts and fans of both teams eagerly anticipate what promises to be a captivating clash between two arch-rivals vying for championship glory.
Earlier, after a thrilling encounter against the Maldives that ended in a 1-1 draw in Nepal, Pakistan secured their place in the event’s semi-final.
The Men in Green started on a high note but they struggled considerably in front of goal. The Green Shirts failed to convert their chances in the first half of the game. Capitalising on the opponent's errors and mistakes, Maldives took a decisive lead in the 39th minute of the match courtesy of a brilliant outside-of-the-boot finish.
In their first match, Pakistan shattered a 12-year-long victory drought by bagging a win in an international fixture as they beat Nepal 1-0.
India are the defending champions, who won their second title in 2022 by defeating Bangladesh in the final.