After the completion of the group-stage, we enter into the much-awaited semi-finals of the SAFF Championship 2023. As India are involved, the stakes have naturally become quite high.
Defending champions India would be looking to win another title and take their tally up to 9. Notably, the Blue Tigers are the most successful side in the history of the SAFF Championship, with 8 titles under their belt.
The 14th edition of the SAFF Championship has lived up to its billing. It involved drama, melodrama and high-voltage action. Whenever India have played, there has been a lot of fights and there has been excessive drama.
Head Coach of the Indian football team Igor Stimac has received two red cards in this ongoing tournament for being involved in skirmishes from outside the sideline. He had first received a card during India’s game versus Pakistan and then received one in India’s last game against Kuwait.
Against Kuwait, India finished with a frustrating 1-1 draw as an own goal from Anwar Ali in the dying minutes of the game, made things come on an even ground. There was a heated exchange between the two sides and Rahim Ali was sent off in the 90th minute alongside Hamad Al Qallaf of Kuwait.
Sunil Chhetri continued his impeccable form as he scored a spectacular goal inside the penalty box at the brink of the 1st half. The talismanic goal-scorer’s tally in international football has shot up to 92 goals and is India’s highest goal-scorer of all-time.
Lebanon will be facing India in the semi-finals and poses a serious threat to Sunil Chhetri and co. The absence of Igor Stimac from the sidelines during this all-important semi-final can prove detrimental to India’s bid for winning the SAFF Championship for the 9th time.
In this article, we take a look at the teams, schedule and live streaming details of the semi-finals of the SAFF Championship 2023:
Schedule of SAFF Championship 2023 semi-finals
Semi-final 1 (Nepal vs Kuwait)
1st July 2023
3:00 PM (IST)
Semi-final 2 (Lebanon vs India)
1st July 2023
7:30 PM (IST)
Where to watch the SAFF Championship 2023 live on television in India?
The SAFF Championship 2023 will be telecasted live on the DD Sports Network in India.
Where to watch the live streaming of the SAFF Championship 2023 in India?
The live streaming of the SAFF Championship 2023 will be done on the FanCode application in India.