Bengaluru – In a resounding display of skill and dominance, the India men’s football team stormed past arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the SAFF Championship 2023. The game, held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, saw the Indian team put four goals past a hapless Pakistani defense.
Led by their inspirational captain, Sunil Chhetri, the Indian team left no room for doubt as they secured a convincing victory. Chhetri showcased his exceptional talent by scoring a remarkable hat-trick, finding the net in the 10th, 16th, and 73rd minutes of the game. Udanta Singh Kumam added to the tally with a well-taken goal in the 81st minute, further sealing Pakistan’s fate.
With this commanding win, India has now maintained an impressive streak of seven consecutive clean sheets, surpassing Kuwait’s goal difference earlier in the day when they defeated Nepal 3-1 in the tournament opener.
The Indian squad arrived at the SAFF Championship on the back of their recent title-winning campaign at the Intercontinental Cup 2023. Their remarkable performance in that tournament boosted their confidence, setting the stage for a strong start in the SAFF Championship.
Currently ranked 101 in the FIFA rankings, the Indian team displayed their determination to rise in the global football arena. The victory over Pakistan serves as a statement of their growing prowess and sends a clear message to their rivals.
Looking ahead, India will face Nepal in their second Group A match on Saturday. The team will be eager to maintain their winning momentum and secure another victory, further solidifying their position in the tournament.