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SAFF Championship 2011: Bhutan 0-5 India

Sunil Chhetri and Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh

Sunil Chhetri and Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh

The Indian national team has won its second group match at the SAFF Championship 2011.

Savio Medeira’s men won 5-0 against Bhutan with Sunil Chhetri and Clifford Miranada scoring a brace, while Syed Rahim Nabi scored one goal.

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SAFF Championship 2011 – Group A
at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

BHUTAN 0-5 INDIA

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GOALS
0-1 Syed Rahim Nabi (29′)
0-2 Clifford Rayes Miranda (44′)
0-3 Clifford Rayes Miranda (57′)
0-4 Sunil Chhetri (73′)
0-5 Sunil Chhetri (84′)

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LINE-UPS

India
1-Karanjit Singh; 14-Mahesh Gawli, 4-Nirmal Chettri, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 22-Syed Rahim Nabi; 8-Climax Lawrence [C] (65′ 23-Jewel Raja Sheikh), 15-Clifford Rayes Miranda (75′ 20-Lalrindika Ralte), 12-Anthony Pereira, 21-Rocus Lamare; 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua (62′ 17-Joaquim Abranches), 11-Sunil Chhetri

Bhutan
21-Mon Bdr Bhattrai; 3-Sangay Khandu (61′ Yeshi Samdrup), 4-Jigme Tshering Dorjee, 5-Pema Rinchen, 6-Nim Sangay, 7-Chencho Gyeltshen (89′ Tshering Dendup), 9-Nawang Dendup [C], 11-Sonam Tenzin (71′ Karma Tshering), 14-Thinley Dorji, 17-Man Bahadur Gurung, 20-Tshering Dorji

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BOOKINGS

Yellow Cards
39′ Chencho Gyeltshen (Bhutan)
55′ Nawang Dendup (Bhutan)

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MATCH REPORT

Outstanding performances by Clifford Miranda and Sunil Chhetri helped India to beat Bhutan 5-0 in a Group A match played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Both Clifford and Sunil scored a brace after Syed Rahim Nabi gave India the lead in the 29th minute. India have now moved to the top of Group A with four points from two matches and they just need a draw in their final group match against Sri Lanka on December 7 to book a semifinal berth.

The first half was totally dominated by India as they toyed with Bhutan’s defence. India were unlucky in the early stage of the match as three goals were disallowed due to offside positions. But the defending champions eventually scored the first goal of the match, when Nabi headed home a Clifford Miranda corner from the right side.

India doubled their lead just before the half-time when Clifford, who was a livewire on the flanks, bulged the net.

Clifford registered his second goal in the 58th minute to make it 3-0 for India, before Sunil Chhetri found the net twice in the 69th and 84th minute.