SAFF Suzuki Cup
India-Maldives second final in Dhaka today
India and the Maldives are set to play another final in 12th edition of SAFF Championship today (Saturday) who had faced each other in the final of 2009 event in Dhaka before. The match will kickoff at 7.00pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. In the last SAFF final of the two teams, India defeated the rivals by 3-1 in the penalty shootout after the regular time saw a goalless draw.
Despite these discussion, the main attraction of the event home side Bangladesh were eliminated from the group stage losing the third group match to Nepal yet they won the first two match against Bhutan and Pakistan. The seven-time champions India are actually an Olympic team. The Maldives who were champions once had already face India in the group stage as both were in the same Group-B. In the group stage, India defeated the challengers by 2-0 margin.
The Maldives boys are levelled as the luckiest team of SAFF Suzuki Cup after they move to the semis without winning a single match. They had same one point and minus two goal difference just like Sri Lanka in the group stage and winning the toss the come to play the semi-final where they packed Nepal by 3-0 margin to play the final for the fifth time
The local fans were frustrated when host Bangladesh failed to get ticket to semi-finals with six points winning two matches when the Island country confirmed the super four round without even winning a group match.
On the other hand, India confirmed the semis as the group champions with six points from two matches. Winning over archrival Pakistan by 3-1 margin, India came to play the final for the tenth time. The two rivals had met for 11 times in different Asian event before and India won eight and the Maldives won two matches.