ept 10: India and Maldives have advanced into the semifinals of the ongoing 2018 SAFF Suzuki Cup after India won the last Group B match 2-0 in Bangladesh on Sunday.
Following India’s win, the other Group B team Sri Lanka and Maldives were level on points, goal differences, goals against, and head-to-head, leaving the semifinal fate on a coin toss.
Maldives won the toss and advanced to the last four to book a clash against Nepal on Wednesday, who defeated the host Bangladesh 2-0 a day earlier to reach the semifinals as the group winner. Bangladesh, who had same points as Nepal and Pakistan, was knocked out on goal difference.
India will take on Pakistan in the other semifinal match later on the same day.
On Sunday’s game, despite creating more chances in the early stages of the game, Maldives failed to score any goal, and made defensive mistakes in the final third which allowed India to score two goals inside the first half at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.