Intercontinental Cup: India faces Syria in inconsequential fixture

Out of reckoning for a berth in the final after two embarrassing defeats, India would look to end the tournament with some pride when it faces Syria in the last league match of Intercontinental Cup here Tuesday.

India football coach Igor Stimac and Sunil Chhetri share a light moment during a training session ahead of the Intercontinental Cup clash against Tajikistan.   -  Special Arrangement

Out of reckoning for a berth in the final after two embarrassing defeats, India would look to end the tournament with some pride when it faces Syria in the last league match of Intercontinental Cup here Tuesday.

After North Korea beat Tajikistan 1-0 on Monday, the match between India and Syria on Tuesday has been rendered inconsequential as far as the home side is concerned.

For Syria, however, it will be a must win game, and a victory over India will take the West Asian country to the summit clash against Tajikistan to be played on July 19.

Despite the loss, Tajikistan booked a berth in the final as it has six points and a goal difference of plus three, ahead of North Korea, which has same six points but with a goal difference of plus one.

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The North Koreans will be hoping India to beat Syria on Tuesday or ar least draw the match, as in that case, they will make it to the final. If Syria beats India, the West Asian side will also have six points and a better goal difference than North Korea, and hence will qualify for the final.

Syria has three points and a goal difference of plus one and it just needs a simple win against India on Tuesday to qualify for the final.

The top two teams will qualify for the final of the four-team tournament. If two or more teams end at same point, the ranking will be decided through goal difference.

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