India, who had lost to Afghanistan 0-2 in the final of 2013 edition in Kathmandu, were clearly the better side in the final match between the two best teams of the regional tournament though they had to come back from one goal deficit and had to settle the match in the extra time.
The home side under Stephen Constantine could have won by a bigger margin had the woodwork not denied them twice in the match. But at the end, India ran away victors in the third straight summit clash of the SAFF Cup between the two sides and regained the title they had won in 2011.
Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd minute) and Sunil Chhettri (101th) scored for India after Zubayr Amiri had given Afghanistan the lead in the 69th minute at the Greenfield Stadium here.

The victory for 166th ranked India over higher ranked Afghanistan (150th) yesterday gave Constantine his first win of an international tournament after taking charge early last year for his second stint at the helm of affairs in India.
Yesterday's SAFF Cup title triumph would also ease pressure on the English coach under whom India lost five and won just one match in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers while going into the tournament.

India, who were playing in the 10th final out of 11 SAFF Cup editions yesterday, re-established their dominance in the regional tournament and are also likely to make a jump in the FIFA rankings which will come out on Thursday.

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