Maldives and Sri Lanka shared a point between each other as the match ended goalless in the second match of Group B.
This result means India who already beaten Sri Lanka in group opener are through to the semifinals. Sri Lanka has to rely on the result of the last group game between Maldives and India.
If India manages to beat Maldives by more than three goals deficit, Sri Lanka will advance into the semifinals. And if Maldives avoid a loss by two goal deficit, they are through. A win or a draw for Maldives will also knock Sri Lankans out of the tournament. And if Maldives score a goal, then the Indian has to beat them by three goals margin to knock them out.
Speaking at the post match press conference, Maldives coach Petar Segrt said, his team still has chance to play in semifinals by getting a positive result against India in the last game of the group and he is confident they can get that. He also added that their hope is not lost and their luck is in their own hands.
“I don’t want to talk about a player who isn’t here. Ali Ashfaq is 33-year-old and the last time he scored for the National team is in 2016, that’s too long for a striker.”
He also said his players are very disciplined and they worked very hard. Every single player deserved a place in national team. And he does not want to talk about a player who scored last in 2016 for the national team.
“Lanka played their strongest team against us unlike India match”
He also said, today they played well and the only regret he has is they didn’t score a goal despite having several chances. Plus, Sri Lanka field four to five players who isn’t start against India. He added.
This is the second time Sri Lanka drew against Maldives in a SAFF Championship match. The last draw came in 1999 tournament. Sri Lanka were humiliated by ten goals to nil in the last meeting where Ali Ashfaq scored a double hatrick.
Maldives will play their last game against India on Sunday.