India put up a strong display as they defeated Pakistan, their bitter rivals, 3-0 to win the SAFF Men's U-19 Championship on Saturday in Kathmandu.
At the Dashrath Stadium, Blue Colts goal scorers Manglenthang Kipgen (64', 85') and Gwgwmsar Goyary (90 5') struck the back of the net. The fact that India won the SAFF championships' ninth young title is unmistakable proof of their dominance in the area.
Kipgen, the Indians' replacement, was once more the team's hero. Kipgen continued to shine as he scored the first two goals to figuratively shut the door on Pakistan's aspirations following his tense winning penalty stroke against hosts Nepal in the semi-final on Wednesday.
Kipgen had a role to play in the third goal, too, as his clever chip resulted in Goyary scoring the third goal in the add-on time.
This victory was made even more impressive by the fact that for the majority of the Indian team, this SAFF U-19 Championship was their first international competition representing their nation.