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India in SAFF Cup semis despite loss to Nepal

Both India and Pakistan were tied on zero goal difference after Pakistan beat Bangladesh 2-1 in their last Group A match. 

Jewel Raja and Rohit Chand
India midfielder Jewel Raja (left) vies with Nepal’s Rohit Chand in their SAFF Cup encounter in Kathmandu yesterday. Pic/AFP

But India moved into the final four on account of their 1-0 win against Pakistan. Nepal also made the semi-finals as they top the teams from Group A.

India will play either the Maldives or Afghanistan in the last-four. It took an acrobatic Nabi’s brilliant side-volley in injury time to silence the home crowd but only for a short spell.

Nabi met Jewel Raja Shaikh’s centre from the right to reduce the margin for India. 

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