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Constantine plays down India-Pakistan match hype in SAFF Cup

IANS  |  Dhaka 

Indian team coach feels the high-octane semi-final clash against in the ongoing SAFF Cup, will be "just another match."

Courtesy India's back to back victories against and the by an identical 2-0 margin, booked a semi-final clash with which will be played at the in on Wednesday.

"We are aware of the contest. But that is nothing different. It is just another match. We can't let the occasion get over us and hopefully, we will beat them to advance to the final," Constantine said.

The two sides last played an official match in September 2013 in Kathmandu, emerging winners by a solitary goal on that occasion. Incidentally, have qualified to the last-four of SAFF Suzuki Cup after 13 long years and they now clash with the seven-time champions.

Meanwhile, Constantine also lauded Nepal's achievements and expressed they were deserving entrants to the semis.

"have played some stupendous and they have deservingly reached the semis. Hopefully, we get a win against Pakistan and face in the final," he maintained.

will play the in the other semi-final which is scheduled on the same day.

Meanwhile, Manvir Singh, declared as the 'Most Valuable Player' for his performance against the Maldives, stated his first international goal was his 'most delightful moment' as a

"Scoring for the country is always special. The first goal - it's a different emotion. I was sniffing around but the goal was eluding me," he quipped.

"So finally, when I made it, it was the most delightful moment for me as a The win has been a result of our team game and now we're looking forward to the semi-finals," Manvir added.



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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 18:28 IST