The Indian football team strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win against Maldives to book a place in the SAFF Suzuki Cup semi-final.
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The game started with India on the front foot and Stephen Constantine's team could have scored the opening goal in the 11th minute itself as Poojary missed a good chance from a headed attempt.
Lallianzuala Chhangte and Poojary were seen swapping wing positions on multiple occasions in the game which helped India to stretch the Maldivian defence.
After a decent spell of possession, India eventually took the lead in the 36th minute.
Manvir Singh doubled India's lead before half-time. Anirudh Thapa managed to pull-off a gem of a pass dissecting Maldives' defence allowing Manvir to double India's advantage just before half-time.
The Indian goalkeeper was then again tested a couple of times in the final minutes of the game but he managed to keep a clean sheet and led India to an impressive win. Constantine's Blue Tigers will now face Pakistan in the semi-final on Wednesday.
Here's how social media reacted to India's win against Maldives:
India maintained their pressure until the 90th min and clinched a dominating victory against @MaldivesFA, and our through to the semi-finals of the @SAFFSuzukiCup#AsianDream #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia pic.twitter.com/CuDnmn9QK8— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 9, 2018
Congratulations! Inadian football team...keep it up— Vishal Bhardwaj (@vishalbhardwj) September 9, 2018
I don't know why vigesh D play. poor passes, can't hold the ball against a week team.— V.K.Singh (@poberty_18) September 9, 2018
Any u20 player could have played better than him. he's same like md. Rafique. they are not state level players. JOKERS
Well played— Kuntipal (@Kuntipal1) September 9, 2018
Congrats to, they make us proud— anish pk (@anishpksmt) September 9, 2018
Well Played— AnirudhaSingh (@AnirudhaPSingh) September 9, 2018
@IndianFootball cruise past Maldives with the help of two first half goals scored by Nikhil and Manvir. ⚽— Jamshedpur FC: The Red Miners (@the_red_miners) September 9, 2018
Good game boys, semi finals awaits next. #TheRedMiners #JamKeKhelo #IndianFootball #SAFFsuzukiCup2018 #SAFFSuzukiCup #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia #AsianDream #MenInBlue pic.twitter.com/VUEGS6Gk7h
Congratulations to the @IndianFootball team ⚽ on winning a match against #Maldivs— Avinash Chowdary (@pvAvinash1) September 9, 2018
And I wish a very good luck for the semi-final match on sep12th #INDvsMDV #AsianDream #love #JaiHind 珞 #SundayMotivation
So India u23 side has beaten sri lanka & maldives' senior team back to back by exact 2-0 scorline to ensure their semifinal birth in ongoing #SAFFSuzukiCup2018— Sayan (@Tweets_by_Sayan) September 9, 2018
Considering our u23 team has participated in #SAFFSuzukiCup, an all win record thus far is impressive #INDvMDV
Maldives Football - the only country which changes multiple coaches inbetween tournamemts, sacks top performing senior players for various reasons and organizers camps in various countries only just to lose against India in tournaments! #JaiHindh @SAFFSuzukiCup @MaldivesFA— Pohthu™ (@Pohthu) September 9, 2018
Full Time— Indian Football Team-For World Cup (@IFTWC) September 9, 2018
India 2-0 Maldives
There was not much to get away from the second half as India maintained the first half lead to win the match by two goals.
The two scorer for India were Nikhil Poojary and Manvir Singh.
Two first half goals seal the semifinal spot for India. We are facing Pakistan on 12th. #IndianFootball #saffsuzukicup #Maldives #India #Football @ Bangabandhu National Stadium https://t.co/3LCyoNhiO8— India Football (@Football2India) September 9, 2018
FULL TIME@IndianFootball register an easy win over @MaldivesFA and set up a semi-final date with @pff_official on Wednesday.— TFG Football (@TFGfootball) September 9, 2018
India vs Pakistan in football after a 4-5 year gap!#INDvMDV #INDvsMDV #indianfootball #SAFFSuzukiCup2018 #BackTheBlue #AsianDream