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Football News : SAFF Championship - India held to a goalless draw by SL

India play out a stalemate against Sri Lanka at the National Football Stadium in Male in Maldives in their second game of the SAFF Championship 2021. India had a dominant start to the game, putting the two fullbacks to use, in order to stretch the opposition. Mandar Rao Dessai, who was playing left-back, went on a few dangerous outings, and on the quarter-hour mark, almost found Sunil Chhetri with a dangerous cross. However, the India skipper could not connect his header, as the ball went inches over him and into the keeper Sujan Perera’s hands. Liston Colaco had a big chance in the 22nd minute, when Udanta Singh was played through into some space on the right flank, and swung a cross into the box. Moments later, it was Udanta again, who weaved past two defenders into the box, and passed it through to Seriton. The latter sold a dummy to a lunging defender, and looked set to send in a cut-back, but was flagged offside. Udanta had a crack at goal from just outside the box after Anirudh Thapa worked a short corner to him, but again his shot went wide on the half-hour mark. The Blue Tigers controlled the ebb and flow of the game for much of the first half, but the Sri Lankan defence held tight'. The Blue Tigers now have two points from as many games. They now play table toppers Nepal in their next game at the same venue.


  • Released : 08-Oct-2021


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