Sun Media Group extends warm congratulations to Maldives national team, for this success in the second biggest football tournament in Asia.
The bronze medal will be presented to the Maldives by Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain.
This is yet another historic win for Maldives, as they defeat Afghanistan, champion of the most recent the SAFF Championship, and win third place in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014.
Oppo scores! Maldives wins 3rd place.
Imran defends penalty by Sheyesteh!
Beautiful penalty kick by Maldives goalkeeper Imran.
Faisal scores for Afghanistan.
Adey falls, gets up and shoots!
Hokey scores for Maldives, Zamir scores for Afghanistan.
Djelaluddin for Afghanistan.
Goalkeeper, captain Mansur scores for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Hamid Karimi.
Second penalty for Maldives is taken by Aku.
Dhagandey scores the first penalty for Maldives.
Alikhil scores with the first penalty.
Teams prepare for the penalty shoot-out.
The match has come to an end with a scoreline of 1-1. There will now be a penalty shoot-out to break the tie.
Just one minute given as added time.
Beautiful goal by Adey following a cross from Sentey.
Just four minutes left for Maldives to come up with equalizer.
Free kick taken by Maldives, has been defended by goalkeeper Mansur.
The goal in the 112th minute came from Hamid Karimi.
Free kick taken by Shayesteh is defended by Riley with a header.
Afghanistan gets a free kick about 20 feet from Maldives penalty area.
Belal’s shot is stopped by goalkeeper Imran.
Sanjar has been replaced by Hamid Karimi for Afghanistan.
Second half of extra time begins.
First half has come to an end.
The referee has given 2 minutes of added time.
Sanjar’s header misses the goal.
Afghanistan’s Hadid Mustafa’s shot from outside Maldives penalty area just misses the goal on one side.
Maldives’ Bokury has been replaced by Ahmed Nashid.
Maldives kicks off the first of the two 15-minute extra halves.
The teams prepare for the two 15-minute extra halves.
Full time score: Afghanistan 0 – 0 Maldives.
Two minutes have been given as added time.
Dhagandey receives a pass from Sentey, enters the penalty area, but his shot ends up on the side netting.
Mustafa Zazai has replaced Mohamed Yoosuf, and Zamir Daudi has replaced Mujtaba.
Afghanistan prepares for two substitutions.
Bokury’s cross is caught by goalkeeper Mansur.
Sentey’s attack from outside Afghanistan penalty area touches an Afghan player, ends in corner.
Dhagandey passes to Bokury in the penalty area, but Bokury arrives too late for the ball. Maldives misses another chance.
Shayesteh’s cross in the penalty area is intercepted by Maldivian defenders. The ball is out.
Belal Arezou’s attack on the net ends in a corner.
Bokury passes to Sentey, who passes to Dhagandey in the penalty area. Dhagandey’s shot is saved by Afghan goalkeeper.
Amiruddin’s shot has been saved by goalkeeper Imran with a kick. Nice save by Imran.
Bokury’s cross from the side of Afghanistan penalty area goes to an Afghan player.
Dhagandey tries to enter Afghanistan penalty area with the ball, but is intercepted by Afghan defenders.
An attack by Amiruddin in the penalty area is blocked by Maldivian defenders.
Maldives replaces Asadhulla with Sentey.
Bokury is receiving treatment off the field.
Asadhulla, in the Afghanistan penalty area, misses a cross from Bokury.
Yet another attack on Maldives net, this time by Shayesteh, is off target.
Afghanistan’s Amiruddin shoots, the ball goes above the crossbar.
Dhagandey receives a pass from Bondaa and enters the penalty area, but loses his footing as he tries to shoot.
Maldivian supporters continue tirelessly to cheer their team.
Second half is under way.
First half has come to an end. Afghanistan 0-0 Maldives.
Asadhulla reaches for Bokury’s pass but misses, just in front of Afghanistan goal.
Three minutes have been given as added time.
Five minutes remain of the first half. Scoreline 0-0.
Bokury misses a pass from Asadhulla in the penalty area.
Bakaa has been replaced by Shamveel Gasim (Bondaa) by Maldives.
Maldives misses the best chance to score so far, as Dhagandey receives a beautiful pass from Bokury but fails to shoot.
Bokury’s cross misses Asadhulla, who is in the penalty area.
Bokury’s cross into the Afghanistan penalty area has been caught by goalkeeper Mansur.
Asadhulla tries to enter Afghanistan penalty area, but falls after being blocked by an Afghan player.
Afghanistan’s Shayesteh enters Maldives penalty area with the ball, but is intercepted by Maldivian defenders. Corner for Maldives.
Afghanistan gets a corner.
Bokury’s cross into Afghanistan penalty area has been defended by Afghan players.
Compared to other Maldives matches of the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 in Male’, there are less supporters in the stadium tonight.
Sandjar’s attack from outside Maldives penalty area is off target.
Maldives gets a free kick.
Afghanistan’s Mashriqi shoots, and the ball is defended by goalkeeper Imran.
Maldives gets a free kick outside the Afghan penalty area after Asadhulla is fouled.
Rilwan has been injured, and is being treated on the field.
Ashfag, Bokury have attempted attacks on the Afghan net.
Guest of honour for tonight’s match Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain has shaken hands with the players. Now we are hearing the national anthems.
Both teams are now on the field.
Afghanistan and Maldives have played against each other on three occasions before, all in group stage. That is, at the SAFF Gold Cup in Pakistan in 2005, at the SAFF Championship in Bangladesh in 2009, and at the SAFF Championship in Nepal in 2012.