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India – SAFF Champions 2023

Hosts India won the SAFF Championships for the ninth time on Tuesday, beating Kuwait 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shootout after both teams had drawn 1-1 after 120 minutes.

The score remained 4-4 after five rounds of penalty kicks. Although Mahesh Naorem scored, diving India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stopped Khaled Hajiah’s attempt to give India the win.

Shabaib Al Khaldi put Kuwait ahead in the 14th minute of normal time until Lallianzuala Chhangte levelled in the 39th. Defending champion India and Kuwait had also drawn 1-1 in their previous group encounter.

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