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MATCH REPORT: Tri-nation international football: Jhingan, Chhetri goals give India 2-0 win over Kyrgyzstan
India gets the victory and with that wins the tri-nation tournament. It was a hard-fought win, with both goals coming from set-pieces. But it is a win nevertheless and Stimac will have his positives to take note of.
India has nearly sealed the win with that second goal. The visiting side has gone all in, looking for at least a consolation goal.
Chhangte sets up Suresh outside the box and the midfielder almost finds the right bottom corner. Mahesh drives through the left and is brought down by a defender. Penalty for India and it is Chhetri who steps up. And it its inch-perfect. Right into the left bottom corner. INDIA DOUBLES ITS LEAD!!!
The stretcher is out for Akash Mishra and looks like that will be end of the game for him. Stimac beings Roshan in as his replacement.
Kyrgyzstan makes a few changes to force the issue. India being pushed to the back foot now. Akash Mishra struggling a bit out of there.
India pushing for a safety goal by the visiting side is defending steadily. A deflected long ranger forces Gurpreet into action. No worries for the keeper there.
Few more changes for India as Sahal and Rohit comes in. Mahesh has been very involved in the action after he has come on.
The ball bounces around just outside the Indian box and there are appeals for a handball. Referee relents and gives a freekick. Too close for Magamed to bend the ball in.
Chhangte once again whizzed past his marker to put in a cross into the box. But once again, Chhetri and co can’t capitalise on the chance created.
Mahesh gets into the act straight away as he attempts to take on three defenders down the left. He soon gets a shot to his name after being teed on by Sunil Chhetri. Flies wide off the back post.
Chhangte sets off on a solo run down the right. But his teammates don’t offer his much support. Meanwhile, Brandon is taken off for local boy Naorem Mahesh Singh.
The away side has turned the heat on since the restart. Indian defence is being put under tremendous pressure. Chhetri sets on a run but is quickly pulled back for an offside.
Early chance for Kyrgyzstan. Ernist had a chance to shoot in the box, but opted to leave it for his partner behind him. Akash Mishra clears it away. Gulzighit is the next to get a chance to shoot and he does pull the trigger. Gurpreet palms it away with comfort.
India will look to consolidate, while Kyrgyzstan will look to strike back.
Despite not being at its best India goes into the half time break with a one-goal lead. Brandon Fernandes has been potent with his set pieces and it was one such freekick which lead to the opener. Jhingan did well to poke it in. But, Stimac would expect his side to have a better grip on the game.
Akash swoops in to Erbol from steaming into the box. The Central Asian side has ramped up the pressure in the last few minutes and India would love to hear the sound of the half-time whistle.
India is letting its opponent play its way out from the back and it is not helping it defensively. Jeakson had to stretch to clear away a shooting opportunity, before the assistant referee raised his flag for offside.
That goal must have relieved Stimac. India can now play its football with a little more confidence. Kyrgyzstan players are now pushing further up the field.
India wins a freekick, although not from shooting range. Brandon chips it into the box and Sandesh Jhingan is there to squeeze it in. INDIA TAKES THE LEAD!
Couple of freekicks for Kyrgyzstan from dangerous areas. But they can’t hit the target. Aleksandir swings a cross from the right and Gurpreet fumbles it and gives away a corner. Shot from short range, but again not on target.
Gurpreet goes for a long ball for Chhetri who is crowded and loses control of the ball. Jeakson tries to steal it back, but gives away a freekick.
Akash Mishra evades a defender and sets on a fiery run, but didn’t have any support to progress further. Kyrgyz defence has been steady so far.
Suresh with a neat nutmeg to get past an opponent and the fans love it. Chhangte attempts a quick turn but is adjudged to have fouled his marker in process, giving away a freekick.
Anwar Ali is fouled by Ernist. India has a freekick from 30 yards out and it is Brandon Fernandes who will step up. It is a shot on target and goalkeeper Erzhan had to dive to his right to punch it away.
Gulzighit rushes through the left wing and Pritam Kotal had to step in with a solid challenge to stop the left winger. India finding it hard to move the ball forward.
Akash Mishra swings a cross field ball for Chhangte who touches it behind for Thapa to cross. But the midfielder skies the cross. Disappointing output from Thapa.
Kyrgyzstan has grown into the game with its forward Ernist leading the charge. Anwar and Akash Mishra had to stay sharp down the left to prevent a shooting opportunity.
Akash Mishra drives India forward down the left. Aizar had to put in a heavy tackle to prevent the left back from progressing further.
Thapa wins a freekick for India down the left. India wins a corner from it, but can’t capitalise. Positive football from India early on.
India looks to seal a confidence-boosting win against tricky opponent.
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India will be looking for a triumphant ending as it turns out in the third and final match of the Tri-nation International Football, which will be played at the Khuman Lampak Stadium under lights here on Tuesday. As it stands now, a draw will be enough to see India, which had won its first match against Myanmar, lifting the title.
Kyrgyzstan, which drew its match against Myanmar 1-1, needs to win to claim the trophy. And this makes the final fixture of the short tournament interesting for the Indian fans who are going to pack the 30,000-capacity stadium in the Manipur capital.
Keeping the Asian Cup preparations in mind, Indian coach Igor Stimac spoke of introducing a few fresh faces who have been rested in the the opening match against Myanmar. “It will be a totally different team that will be taking on Kyrgyzstan, as many of the players who were rested in the first match because of their involvement in the ISL final will be there, and we will have a stronger side going for the final outing,” Stimac said.
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