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India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winner


AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India beto Afghanistan 2-1 – Sahal Samad’s strike in stoppage time saw India secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Afghanistan in Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers final round on Saturday as Igor Stimac’s side edged closer to qualifying for the final. Follow AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifying Live Updates on InsideSport.IN

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 85′ Sunil Chhetri gives India the lead with a direct free kick.
  • 88′ – Haroon Amiri heads for a quick equalizer from the corner.
  • 90+2′ – Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winning goal for the Indian after coming on.

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifying points table

Asian Cup Qualifying Round 3 Grp. D

1 hong kong 2 4 6
2 India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winnerIndia 2 3 6
3 India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winnerAfghanistan 2 -2 0
4 India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winnerCambodia 2 -5 0

AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: India beat Afghanistan 2-1

Samad struck the winner after Sunil Chhetri’s 86th-minute free-kick was canceled out by a Zubayr Amiri header two minutes later in a frantic finish at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium and India are now tied for the lead of Group D with Hong Kong with one game remaining.

Both teams are six points clear of their meeting on Tuesday while Afghanistan have no chance of qualifying for the final after losing their first two games of the competition.

India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winner
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A bloody opener in front of a cheering crowd yielded few clean chances in the first quarter of the game, with Manvir Singh seeing his attempt blocked and Liston Colaco firing his free-kick well over the bar.

AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: Sahal Abdul Samad scores winner in added time

Indian defender Jeakson Singh Thounaojam came closest to breaking the deadlock when he headed over the bar after a perfectly stolen 16th-minute corner from Roshan Singh Naorem.

Roshan then forced Faisal Hamidi into a clean save at his near post with a cheeky attempt from wide on the right eight minutes before the break.

India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winner
AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India beat Afghanistan as Sahal Abdul Samad scores injury time winner, India win 2-1, watch India beat Afghanistan

Chhetri set up for an acrobatic attempt in the dying seconds of half-time only to have his effort blocked by Haroon Amiri while four minutes into the restart the 37-year-old was off target with a header from close range below the pressure from the Afghan. defense.

Ahmad Haydary squandered a rare chance for Afghanistan in the 64th minute when he headed past Gurpreet Singh’s left post and at the other end Muhammad Ashique Kuruniyan smashed his long-range attempt narrowly.

AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri scores 83rd international goal

Gupreet was called into action 16 minutes from time to stop Amiri when the substitute’s flying volley was cleared away by the India keeper when he dropped to his right.

The action continued to move from start to finish as both sides grew increasingly desperate to claim a much needed winner with Fernandes shooting high over goal before Chhetri finally put India down. in front when he slammed his free kick home.

India beat Afghanistan 2-1 as Sahal Abdul Samad scores the winner
AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India beat Afghanistan as Sahal Abdul Samad scores injury time winner, India win 2-1, watch India beat Afghanistan

But Afghanistan refused to back down and Amiri rolled past Gupreet to level the scores two minutes later, only for Sahal to fire his right foot into the bottom corner to seal a remarkable victory for India.

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