Even after having a bad tournament, India has luckily qualified for the semi-finals of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2013. The six time SAFF Championship winner and the defending champions Indian football team, lost its final group stage match to the host team Nepal by 2-1 which was played at Dasarath Stadium, Kathmandu. But India was still was able to qualify for the SAFF Championship 2013 semi-finals with the help of their victory over Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament.
The India vs Nepal football match result at 2-1 goals giving the victory to Nepal in front of their home crowd. The Nepal players Anil Gurung and Jumanu Rai scored 1 goal each and from the Indian team Syed Rahim Nabi scored a goal in the 92nd minute of the game for his team. In the other match which was being played at the same time, Pakistan had defeated Bangladesh with 2-1 score which also gave Pakistan 4 points.
“India loss from Nepal but Qualify for semis of SAFF Championship 2013”
With a victory over India Nepal has ended the group stage at the top of the table in group A. Pakistan and India both had 4 points each on the table but thanks to the Indian team victory over Pakistan football team in the beginning of SAFF Championship 2013, India qualified for the semi-finals as a group runner-up due to their better head-to-head encounter record.
According to the SAFF Championship 2013 rules, if any two teams will have the same points in the group stage, the head-to-head match result will decide the team that will move forward in the next round. So the victory over Pakistan in the earlier match also came to rescue Indian football team in this situation again.
India will face either Maldives or Afghanistan in the semi-final depending on the result of the match between these two teams. Both semi-finals will be played at Dasrath Rangasala stadium on 8th and 9th September. The winners of the semi-finals will face each other at the same stadium in the final of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2013 on 11th September 2013.