Gurkirats' heroics helped India win the SAFF U20 Championship by defeating Bangladesh 5-2.

India U20 defeated Bangladesh U20 in the final of the SAFF U20 Championship at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar . Gurkirat scored in the 1st, 60th, 94th, and 99th minute, respectively, while Himanshu Jangra scored in the 92nd minute .

India Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) August 6: In the final of the SAFF U20 Championship at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Indian U20 defeated Bangladesh U20 5-2.After the conclusion of regulation time, both teams were tied 1-1 and 2-2.Gurkirat scored in the 1st, 60th, 94th, and 99th minute, respectively, while Himanshu Jangra scored in the 92nd minute.Rajon Howladar and Shahin Mia scored in the 44th and 48th minute for Bangladesh, and despite the Indians creating chances throughout, they remained content to waste just a few minutes.

wold is a rival goalkeeper in Asif has made it difficult for the blue colts to train on certain occasions.Head Coach Shanmugam Venkatesh made some smart substitutions, as the team's strategy unfolded right after kick-off, when India U20 was awarded a penalty within 20 seconds.Himanshu Jangra received a long kick from the right, sidestepped his marker, and unleashed a long ranger that shocked goalkeeper Md.Maurina.

Gurkirat was quicker to react to the rebound.In his impatient attempt to keep Gurkirat from exiting the box, Asif pushed the Indian striker inside the box.Gurkirat converted from the spot with gleefully putting India into a lead, but not willing to give up the early lead and then sit back and defend throughout the game.India's attacking prowess quickly but surely created many opportunities.

In the 21st minute, rival defender Shahin Mia aggressively timed his tackle to prevent Himanshu from entering the box.Gurkirat was sped away from the box by the whole defence for four minutes, and after noticing Asif out of his line, tried to lob it.However, it went over.In the 32nd minute, in what seemed to be the best chance of the half, the lead should have been doubled.

In the 43rd minute, Taison Singh was also missed by a whisker, and Bangladesh restored parity at the stroke of the time-Rajon Howladars shot past the jungle of legs and bulging the net.Bangladesh took the lead within three minutes when the world changed direction.Amandeep mistimed his clearance for India on a harmless free-kick, falling to Shain Mia, who rasped into the post and rolled in.In the 57th minute, India made its first substitution, with Tankadhar Bag replacing Maheson Singh.

And in the 67th minute, Himanshus' pass over Asif was a bit sluggish, allowing Azizul Haque to make a goal line clearance.When Asif went to clear Bikash Yumnams curling center, he was also in the thick of action.Head Coach Shanmugam Venkatesh replaced Taison Singh with Harsh Patre.Asif saved the tournament in the 89th minute by saving a blinder, but his reflexes prevented Brijesh Giris back-heel from hitting the net.India took the lead in the second minute of extra-time (92nd minute).

Gurkirat scored his 5th goal for India in the 99th minute after rounding past Asif and scoring from a narrow angle.Gurkirat Singh was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and also won the Top Scorer award, while Som Kumar was awarded the Golden Gloves Award by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik earlier today.