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first_imgAfghanistan then had some fine moves in the Indian half Afghanistan then had some fine moves in the Indian half and made some threatening crosses but the home side defence were able to clear them. But they were not to be denied in the 69th minute with Zubayr Amiri giving Afghanistan the lead. Faysals pass sneaked past Arnab Mondal and an overlapping Amiris left footer beat Gurpreet before crashing into the Indian net. India struck back immediately with Jeje bringing the scoreline on level terms in the 72nd minute. Narzary crossed the ball into the box which was headed by Chhetri. Jeje came behind Afghan defender Sayedh Hashemi and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net. Hashemi expected goalkeeper Azizi to come off his line and collect. Both players looking at each other in disbelief. India threatened to take the lead towards the end of the match but Afghan goalkeeper were upto the task to deny them. First, he tipped over Narayan Das long range effort in the 84th minute after the Indian player saw the goalkeeper off his line, and then saved Chhetris right footer from a free-kick. The match went into the extra time and talismanic captain Chhetri scored the winner. Chhetri got the better of Afghan defender Hashemi and he kept his balance intact before sending his low right-footed sliding shot into the corner of the net to the wild jubilation of the home crowd. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more