New Delhi: Five times champions India will have to be at their attacking best against a fast-improving Afghanistan in the SAFF Cup football final if they have to retain the title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.
Both teams know exactly what to expect and do, having shared two goals in their opening pool game. In that match, India had a catching-up job to do after Afghanistan went up with an early goal.
India improved remarkably as the tournament progressed and played like champions in the semifinal against the Maldives, who had been India's nemesis in the regional championship. India lost two of their three matches against the Maldives, but Friday evening the title holders won comfortably 3-1.