India, who had beaten Sri Lanka (2-0) and Nepal (4-1) to top Group A, had hardly broke a sweat till now but Maldives are a side which the Stephen Constantine-coached home team ill-afford to take lightly when they clash at the Greenfiled Stadium at Kariavatton today.
Maldives are one of the better sides in South Asia. Rather, they are the second most successful side in the regional tournament, having won the title once (in 2008) and ended runners-up thrice (1997, 2003 and 2009).
India are also the lower ranked side between the two at 166th while Maldives occupy 160th spot in the latest FIFA charts. Defending champions Afghanistan are the highest ranked side at 150th.
Maldives, where football is a top sport, will also have at least a few hundred supporters at the stands today as their national airlines, in collaboration with their national federation, have arranged flights for the fans to fly in here for today's semifinals.

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