SAFF Cup: India set up final clash with Afghanistan after 1-0 win over Maldives

The winner came in the 85th minute when Mehtab Hossain's corner from the right flank was neatly headed down by Syed Rahim Nabi and Arnab Mondal, who had joined the attack, struck a powerful angular right-footer that crashed into the net.

updated: September 09, 2013 21:31 IST
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Kathmandu: Young stopper Arnab Mondal scored his maiden international goal as defending champions India beat Maldives 1-0 to enter the final of the SAFF Football Championship for the ninth time here on Monday. (This is how good India can be, says coach Wim Koevermans)

The win, which Wim Koevermans' boys achieved without their skipper Sunil Chhetri, meant that India made it to their fifth successive final in the tournament and will meet Afghanistan in the final on Wednesday.

Mondal, the lad from Kolkata's Behala region, was a bundle of nerves throughout the match but turned out to be an unlikely hero in the end with a delightful strike.

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