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U20 SAFF champions: Five-star India have emerged

Striker Gurgrat Singh scored four goals as India beat Bangladesh 5-2 in extra time to win the SAFF U-20 Championship trophy in the final.
The two teams were tied 1-1 at half-time and 2-2 at the end of the game.

Gurkeerath scored in the first, 60th, 94th and 99th minutes respectively before Himanshu Jangra scored another goal in the 92nd minute. For Bangladesh, Shaheen Mia scored in the 44th and 48th minutes respectively at the Kalinga Stadium.

Drama unfolded immediately after kick-off as India were awarded a penalty within 20 seconds. Himanshu collected a long pass from the right, sidestepped his marker and unleashed a long ranger that rivaled goalkeeper MD. Asif manages to keep it from diving down to his right. Asif, in a desperate bid to dismiss Gurkeer, brought down the Indian striker in the box. Gurkeerth happily converted from the spot to give India an early lead.

The lead should have been doubled in the 32nd minute with an easy half-century. But Gurkeerath failed to slot home. Dyson Singh also missed a chance in the 43rd minute. The curse of missed chances hit India hard as Bangladesh regained parity on the stroke of half-time when Rajon Howlader’s shot fell into the net.

A converted Bangladesh took the lead within three minutes. Amandeep mistimed his clearance on an innocuous free-kick that fell to Shine Mia, whose shot hit the post and rolled over. Chances fell to India after Thangadar Bagh came on for Mahesan Singh as India’s first substitute in the 57th minute. Then the way.

A clearance fell to Gurkeer just outside the box and leveled three minutes later, this time on his right foot in the 60th minute. Himanshu had another chance in the 63rd minute but the onrushing Asif snuffed out the danger. Bangladesh.

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Four minutes later, Himanshu’s slot past Asif was a bit weak, allowing Azizul Haq to make a goal-line clearance. Asif was also in action when he dived to clear Bikash Yumnam’s curling centre. Head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh brought in Harsh Padre to replace Tyson Singh. India took the lead in the second minute of extra time (92nd minute).

Himanshu followed up a Harsh Padre defence-splitting pass and left-footed a first-time finish. Gurkeerath completed his hat-trick in the 94th minute. Himanshu turned host this time. The fifth goal for India came in 99. The minute Gurgeerat let out another scream. He dribbled past two defenders and fired home from 30 yards.

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