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SAFF Championsships: Chhetri goal saves India the blushes
PTI
Kathmandu, September 04, 2013
First Published: 01:46 IST(4/9/2013)
Last Updated: 03:34 IST(4/9/2013)

An injury-time goal by captain Sunil Chhetri saved India from embarrassment as they played out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their second group match of the SAFF Football Championships in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Defending champions India, who had scraped past Pakistan 1-0 in their campaign opener thanks to an own goal by their rival skipper, dished out another disappointing show at the Halchowk Stadium on Tuesday.

Wim Koevermans’ men were on the verge of an embarrassing defeat after Atiqur Rahman Meshu had put Bangladesh ahead in the 82nd minute before Chhetri equalised in the 94th minute with the last kick of the match.

Chhetri, who was off colour all through the match, scored from a free-kick to give India one point and four from two outings. They play hosts Nepal on Thursday.

Kovermans tried all his tricks but without success. He made three changes in the second half, bringing in Dawson Fernandes, Arata Izumi and Robin Singh in place of Jeje Lalpekhlua, Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fernandes respectively but a goal eluded his side till the final added minute.

Sunil Chhetri, Arnab Mondal and Nirmal Chhetri were also shown yellow cards by the referee.


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