Preview: It has been a tough ride but Igor Stimac's India will hope to leave Maldives with the SAFF Championship trophy as they prepare to take on Nepal in the final on Saturday.
After struggling against the likes of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka " both matches ending in draws " India qualified for the final after victories against Nepal and Maldives.
It was a must-win game against Maldives and the team did well to take their chances and ensured they beat the hosts 3-1.
As usual, Sunil Chhetri has been helping his side when it comes to scoring goals. He scored the crucial, and the only goal against Nepal and followed up by netting twice against Maldives.
"They (Nepal) are the best as a team in this tournament. They might not have extraordinary individuals like Ali Ashfaq (of Maldives) but they have the best team," Chhetri said during an interaction with reporters.
"As far as defending as a team and attacking as a team is concerned, they are the best. Fortunately, we have played against them three times in the recent past and we have understood that they are a really good side and they are very compact. We are facing the best team in the final and it will not be easy," he added.
Here's all you need to know about the final between India and Nepal:
When in the SAFF Championship final between India and Nepal?
The final between India and Nepal will take place on Saturday, 16 October 2021. .
What is the venue for the India vs Nepal match?
The match will take place at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives.
What time will the India vs Nepal match start?
The India vs Sri Lanka match will begin at 8.30 pm IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the India vs Nepal match?
The match will be shown on Eurosport. Besides this, you can browse Firstpost.com for live updates.