As it happened: Jordan 2-1 India

India loses 2-1 to a full-strength Jordan team, which, however, had to work hard for the win.

National coach Stephen Constantine stated “this are the kind of games we need.”   -  Prashant Nakwe

Nishu Kumar halved India's deficit moments after Haddad had doubled Jordan's 1-0 half-time lead courtesy of Amer Shafi's wonder goal, but the Blue Tigers couldn't capitalise on a couple of good chances from set-pieces and has to accept the 2-1 defeat.

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Full-time: Jordan (Amer Shafi 25', Ihsan Haddad 58') 2-1 India (Nishu Kumar 61')

90+3' Free-kick to India, followed by a corner! The delivery from the corner is not met by any of the Indian players in the box. The referee blows the final whistle to bring an end to a good workout for both teams. It finishes Jordan 2-1 India.

90+1' Saved! Gurpreet Singh is forced to make a save by a ferocious hit from Al-Bakheet, who has been full of action down India's right.

88' Corner for India! The delivery is flicked on at the front post, but no one attacked the ball that flashed across the face and harmlessly went into touch. That was a great opportunity to level the score.

85' R. Ayed collects the ball and tries to slot the ball past Gurpreet Sandhu at his near post. His attempt is on target but too tame to test the Indian goalkeeper, who makes a regulation save.

83' Another substitution: Vinit comes off for Narayan Das.

82' Substitution: Anirudh Thapa is replaced by Sumeet Passi.

80' Both the teams are tiring a bit, which can be seen in their passing. Jordan, though, seeing more of the ball, while India continues to look for quick forays forward after turnovers.

75' Substitution: Zghayer is replaced by J. Siaj for Jordan.

73' Substitution: Haddad returned to action before he is subbed off. 

70' Haddad has returned after receiving treatment. Nishu Kumar's nimble feet around the Jordan box nearly sets Thapa through on goal, but a Jordan defender is able to stick his foot in and block the attempted pass. This match is very evenly poised!

68' Haddad, the Jordan defender, has seemingly pulled a muscle and is receiving treatment. India has a touch more than 20 minutes to salvage something. Jordan carrying a particular threat down India's right, while Anirudh Thapa is exerting more of an influence when India is in possession!

61' GOAL! Nishu Kumar halves India's deficit with a clinical left-footed shot from near the penalty area. This time, the Jordan defenders were at fault and the ball flashed across the face of goal was begging for someone to get on the end of. Nishu was there and Amer Shafi was helpless in goal!

58' GOAL! Haddad puts Jordan 2-0 up with a sublime first-time strike beating Gurpreet Singh at his near post.  India's defence was punished for static defending. Haddad was under no pressure, yet got his shot away without taking a touch and the fierce strike was too good for Gurpreet!

56' A rash challenge on Anirudh Thapa from Zwahreh, who actually seemed to slip, went to ground and caught the Indian midfielder in the process. The referee doesn't book him.

Stat: India has yet to record a shot yet, while Jordan has had seven goal attempts.

 

50' The ball is played to Al-Bakheet on the Jordan left. He takes a touch and tries to curl the ball into the far corner, but doesn't keep his attempt on target and the ball flies well over.

48' Jordan forward Faisal almost gets his foot to a groundcross from the right. Gurpreet, though, gets low and collects the ball cleanly to diffuse the situation.

Substitution: Ashique Kuruniyan has come on at the start of the second half

46' The referee blows the whistle to get the second half underway. India now playing from left to right, trying to overturn a 1-0 half-time lead.

HALF-TIME | JORDAN 1-0 INDIA

Referee blows his whistle! What can you say about that half? There has been no show of intent from India and Jordan could have easily gone at least three goals up. India will be relieved by going just 1-0 down but Stephen Constantine will be scratching that shiny head in the tunnel. 45 minutes down - still not a good trip for the Indian team.

44' MISS! Faisal misses a sitter and Jordan misses a chance to go two goals up on the stroke of half-time, giving India a reprieve. Let's put that miss second on the list of embarrassing things to happen on the pitch today.

40' Another chance for Jordan! It ended up being a good game of pinball in the box as India's defense blocks in numbers.

The citizens want answers

 

30' Half an hour gone and India is still trying to get into the game here. The back-line has pushed up by a bit and there's some show of intent but it hasn't been clean at all. India is missing it's big players.  Wonder what Chhetri is thinking.

25' GOAL! Jordan 1-0 India. The goalkeeper scores!

We're as surprised as you. It's been a game of highs and lows for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu so far. Here's his biggest low. Jordan's goalkeeper Shafi's drop kick goes over the last line of defense. Surely it's got to be an easy save for Gurpreet. But no, he misjudges it, coming up a little too far forward and tries to save it.

 

22' India gets its first corner of the day. Thapa puts it in, misses everyone in the middle but Vinit Rai gets to it and tries to play it back in. It's cleared! Surely the closest India has come.

17' Jordan has been happily playing out from the back and pushing the ball up front from the sides. But credit to India, Jordan hasn't been able to find spaces in between too often.

13' All the hassle getting here was expected to create some fatigue in the players. The way India has started, it's hard to say whether it's fatigue or tactical. They're defending deep and Anirudh Thapa up front has been ineffective so far.

"Tenbacks"

 

9' Gurpreet has kept India in the game after saving a penalty which was a controversial decision to begin with.

Gurpreet saves! Jordan tries to score on the rebound and Gurpreet with another SAVE!

8' Penalty to Jordan!  Bani Atiyeh stepping up to take it.

5' It's looking pretty easy for Jordan out there. There hasn't been any intent from India so far, just some mistakes which have almost cost dearly.

2' Jordan has looked more the threatening side at the start, mostly down to India's mistakes in midfield.

We're almost at kick-off! Sunil Chhetri has a message for his team-mates.

 

It is not the ideal situation for Stephen Constantine’s boys as it tries to recover in time to take on a strong Jordan team. Read the preview.

It hasn't been a great trip so far for the Indian team.

Amidst torrential downpour along with lightning and thunder which has inundated Kuwait City with heavy flooding, forced postponements and cancellation of several flights, seven players -- Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh, Sumeet Passi, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan along with some members of the support staff were left stranded for over 32 hours at the Kuwait International Airport en route to Amman.

And expectedly, none of these players feature in the starting XI for India.

 

India starting XI: Gurpreet (C); Kotal, Salam, Anas, Bose; Halder, Germanpreet; Jackichand, Rai, Lalrinzuala; Thapa

Jordan starting XI: Shafi; Al-Zawahreh, Al-Basha, Al-Arab; Haddad, Zghayer, Sameer, Bani Attiah, Al-Bakhit; Al-Ersan; Baha' Faisal