SAFF Championship 2023 HIGHLIGHTS:  India wins the title

INDIA are SAFF champions for the 9th time. They have won it in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2021 and 2023 now.

Both teams were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of thrilling football, and the game moved to penalty shootouts.

After five rounds of penalty kicks, the scoreline remained 4-4 and sudden death rule was applied. Mahesh Naorem scored the fifth goal for India.

A diving Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saved Kuwait captain Khaled Hajiah's shot and India won

India won the second consecutive game in the penalty shootout after defeating Lebanon 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the semifinal on July 1.

26,000 people singing Vande Mataram, and celebrating India's victory at Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium in Bengaluru.

Indian Football Team Concludes an Incredible Three-Week Run with Back-to-Back Titles: Hero Intercontinental Cup and SAFF Championships 2023 Victories.

India will enter the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers from the second round in November 2023. After winning SAFF Championship final against Kuwait, India secured a spot in Pot 2.