BIG FIGHT breaks out after India beats Afghanistan

AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India beat Afghanistan Highlights – The 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers game between India and Afghanistan on Sunday was a thrilling affair, but it did not end on a good note. At the end of the match, the two sets of players were involved in an ugly brawl, and ultimately, AFC officials had to intervene. Follow AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers live updates with InsideSport.IN.

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A group of Indian and Afghanistan players were involved in pushing and shoving each other after the hosts registered a hard-fought 2-1 win in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at the VYBK Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday.

AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: BIG FIGHT breaks out after India beats Afghanistan in Asian Cup Qualifiers match, AFC officials had to intervene

Seeing the ugly scene, the AFC officials rushed to the ground but the scuffle only intensified. It is not known why the brawl broke out, but Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was among the first on the scene, while centre-back Sandesh Jhingan tried to best to get his last line of defence out of the scuffle. The organising committee of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers has not said anything about the incidents as of now.

India defeated Afghanistan by a 2-1 margin

Meanwhile, as for the game, Indian team grabbed the crucial three points after they beat Afghanistan 2-1 in a hard-fought Group D match in Kolkata. Sunil Chhetri struck his magic again with a swirling free-kick goal (85′) but the Lions of Khorasan pulled one back within three minutes from a Zubayr Amiri free header (88′) before Sahal Abdul Samad’s prolific strike (90+2′) sealed the deal for the Blue Tigers.

AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: BIG FIGHT breaks out after India beats Afghanistan in Asian Cup Qualifiers match, AFC officials had to intervene

With this win, India occupy second position in Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification, behind Hong Kong only on the basis of goal difference. Though their place in the main competition is not yet confirmed, it will be safe to say that they are halfway through.

Igor Stimac’s men will now face Hong Kong in their summit clash of the third round of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, with the stakes being high for both sides, as both teams will aim to finish at the top of the group to qualify for the competition directly.

After losing the match, Afghanistan players expressed their frustrations against India. In a video, widely shared on social media, three Afghanistan and two Indian players can be initially seen pushing and shoving before the scuffle escalates. However, Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh tried hard to pacify the players from both sides, but he too was pushed by the Afghanistan players.

AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: BIG FIGHT breaks out after India beats Afghanistan in Asian Cup Qualifiers match, AFC officials had to intervene

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