India hosts Cambodia in their opening match in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in Kolkata. Follow this space for all the live updates.
Full time at Salt Lake. Sunil Chhetri proves to be the difference, as he always does. IND 2-0 CAM
That’s all for today!
90′ Added time
3 minutes added. IND 2-0 CAM
87′ Massive save!
Ashqie Kuruniyan surges past Cambodian defenders and pulls the trigger. Cambodian keeper is equal to the save. IND 2-0 CAM
Sahal this time. But, fails to find the target. IND 2-0 CAM
80′ 10 mins to go!
India leading with time almost coming to an end. Cambodia needs to answer fast. IND 2-0 CAM
Glan Martins fancies his chances from distance, but nowhere close to the target. IND 2-0 CAM
Pritam Kotal replaces Naorem Roshan Singh. IND 2-0 CAM
Nooo! Sunil Chhetri gets substituted as Ashique Kuruniyan comes in. We bet we all wanted a hattrick from the Maestro! IND 2-0 CAM
Akash Mishra sends a low cross in and finds Sunil Chhetri, who fails to slot it home. IND 2-0 CAM
Second one of the night for India’s One and Only. IND 2-0 CAM
55′ Cambodia looks more confident
Cambodia is definitely looking more confident than they were in the first half. However, they still can’t find that gap in India’s defence. IND 1-0 CAM
A tasty ball from Brandon, but Sunil Chhetri’s header goes agonizingly out of target. IND 1-0 CAM
Corner for India. IND 1-0 CAM
46′ We are back!
Action resumes for the second half. Udanta replaces Manvir whereas Sahal comes in for Anirudh Thapa. IND 1-0 CAM
Gurpreet saves the freekick, and the referee blows the whistle. IND 1-0 CAM
Freekick at a dangerous position for Cambodia. IND 1-0 CAM
Akash Mishra hits a powerful shot straight at the keeper, the keeper clears. IND 1-0 CAM
38′ Just over
Brandon’s curling cross goes just over Mavir Singh, who was waiting for the header. Goal kick for the visitors. IND 1-0 CAM
36′ Vital header
Akash Mishra clears the looping cross and keeps the danger away. IND 1-0 CAM
Sunil Chhetri misses the ground cross from Akash Mishra, could have doubled the lead for India. IND 1-0 CAM
This time Sunil Chhetri gets into the Referee’s book due to dangerous play. IND 1-0 CAM
Seing Chanthea shoots, but the ball goes well over the target. IND 1-0 CAM
Roshan Singh tries to cut inside and shoots, the ball goes over the woodwork. IND 1-0 CAM
20′ India haves it easy
India enjoying the lion’s share of the possession, and Cambodia struggling against the Blue Tigers. IND 1-0 CAM
Who else? Number 81 for India’s Captain-Leader-Legend. IND 1-0 CAM
Liston fouled inside the box and earns a penalty for the Blue Tigers! IND 0-0 CAM
09′ India keeps on piling pressure
India keeps on adding pressure on the Cambodian defence, who seem to be happy with India enjoying the majority of the possession. IND 0-0 CAM
Sandesh Jhingan gets booked for a rash tackle. Cambodia gets a free kick. The freekick gets collected by GSS quite easily. IND 0-0 CAM
03′ Positive start
India starts positively, already registered a shot on target. IND 0-0 CAM
01′ Delayed start
Kickoff at the Salt Lake! IND 0-0 CAM
India vs Cambodia: Starting Lineups
India vs Cambodia: Preview
India, grouped with Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia, begin their AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers today at the Salt Lake stadium. They face Cambodia in the second game of the night.
Speaking at the official pre-match press conference ahead of the game, India’s head coach Stimac stated, “We are expecting the fans to come in numbers, to support the national team in the best way possible. Our intent is to press from the start, play at high pressure, and at a high intensity. We need to control the game, and I have to say we are ready for that. We have nothing to hide.”
Sandesh Jhingan, who was also present, hinted that maintaining a clean sheet is paramount for the boys. “Clean sheet is a simple concept for any team. Every team that goes into a match carries that mentality with them. There’s no concept in modern football that only defenders will defend. The team needs to be in sync” The defender further added, “The striker is the first defender, while the goalkeeper is the first attacker.”
At the same time, however, Igor Stimac sounded a cautious note. “I respect every opponent. There is no reason to underestimate Cambodia. They have come here with the same desire. We need to be hungry for this game, and we are. But today’s football doesn’t bring in any easy games.”
Meanwhile, Cambodia coach Hirose Ryu mentioned that their team is “motivated to play away from home.” “It does not matter where we are playing, and we will be giving our best,” Ryu mentioned. Player Soeuy Visal complimented it, saying they are “confident, and despite India being a higher-ranked opponent, we have immense trust in their abilities.”
The match will be telecasted on the Star Sports network, and the live stream will be available on Hotstar and JioTV.