Maldives beat Sri Lankans on their own stadium. Despite their home advantage the Sri Lankan team was unable to score any goal although they had several golden opportunities. The only goal of the match was scored by Maldivian striker Oppo. Sri Lankans played an extremely physical game and powerful tackles were aimed at Ashfag (Dhagadey). However, for some reason most of these fouls were ignored by the referee.
The final match is also to be held in Sri Lanka next Saturday. Maldives will face India who had already beaten Maldives 1-0 during the group matches held in Male’. However, we Maldivians have a greater confidence that our team could win the final. Our self-confidence helped us to win the game against Sri Lanka so will the final.