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Manvir Singh's brace takes India to SAFF Cup final

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

struck twice in the second half before Sumeet headed home a clinical pass as defending champions breezed past 3-1 to sail into the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, here on Wednesday.

After a goalless first-half, Manvir scored his first in the 49th minute only to double the score-line twenty minutes later. Substitute sealed the fate of the match in the 83rd minute. For reduced the margin in the 88th minute.

will now meet in the summit clash on Saturday. made short work of 3-0 in the first semi-final.

The first goal came off a brilliant counter-attack. ran past everyone down the left and unleashed a low cross which was gleefully tapped in by Manvir to set the Indian fans berserk.

If that was good, the second goal was even better.

who replaced in the 68th minute made an immediate impact as doubled the lead. The super-sub made a blistering run down the middle of the pitch, sidestepped two defenders and passed it to Vinit Rai.

The on turn rolled it to Manvir who blasted it home from top of the box.

However, following a challenge, Manvir was substituted as brought in Sumeet

The former cadet took less than a minute to join the party as he found the target in the 83rd. Ashique, the of the first goal, made an identical run down the flank to deliver it for Passi who headed the ball in.

However, India received a blow as Chhangte was given marching orders for an off the ball offence on Mohsin Ali. Mohsin was also red-carded for his challenge.

Earlier, India had the first opportunity of the game in the 10th minute itself but that time Manvir wasn't able to connect Ashique's perfect cross.

Seasoned also came up with some spectacular saves to keep the Indians at bay in the first-half the most notable being his save to deny Subhashish Bose's volley off an Anirudh Thapa corner.

India survived a scare in the 39th minute when Pakistan earned an indirect free-kick at the edge of the 6-yard box but came up with back to back saves to deny Pakistan.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 21:25 IST