Indian football team got off to the best possible start in the SAFF Championship after drubbing the Pakistan side 4-0, thanks to three goals from talisman Sunil Chhetri. two of Chhetri’s goals came from the penalty spot while he capitalised on a blunder from the Pakistan keeper Saqib Hanif to score his first of the night.

Udanta Singh scored India’s fourth goal on a night they dominated their arch-rivals, who had faced many troubles even getting to Bengaluru for the tournament. Many members of the Pakistan team arrived just hours before kick-off after the team did not receive their visas in time.

This was the first football match between India and Pakistan since September 2018. On that day five years ago, India had defeated the neighbors 3-1 in the semifinal of the SAFF tournament. After the win over Pakistan, India will take on Nepal on June 24, and Kuwait on June 27. Pakistan, meanwhile, are scheduled to face Kuwait on June 24 and Nepal on June 27 after the game.

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