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Tri-Nation Friendly Tournament: India 2-0 Kyrgyz Republic Highlights

Published at :March 28, 2023 at 10:21 PM
Modified at :March 29, 2023 at 4:06 AM
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Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the India vs Kyrgyz Republic match in the Tri-Nation Friendly Tournament 2023. The kick-off is just an hour and a half away! I’m your host Aishwarya Chakraborty, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

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India will take on the Kyrgyz Republic at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal for their next Tri-Nation International Football Tournament fixture on 28 March 2023 (Tuesday). Igor Stimac’s men won their previous game against Myanmar on Wednesday (22 March) thanks to a solitary goal from Anirudh Thapa. A draw will be enough for the Indian men’s team but for their opponents, it is a must-win contest if they are to lift the trophy.

The Kyrgyz Republic saw their opening tie of the tournament end as a 1-1 draw against Myanmar. Heading into the next game against the hosts, the side will aim to put up a better display and secure a win. One can expect a whole host of changes from the Indian team head coach Igor Stimac, who did not select players in the starting lineup that took part in the 2022-23 Indian Super League final, apart from skipper Sunil Chhetri.
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The Indian team will face a higher-ranked team than Myanmar (159) in their upcoming tie. As it stands, the Kyrgyz Republic is in 94th place in the latest FIFA Men’s Rankings. Having said that, the 1-1 draw between the teams will give the Indians a boost. The expectations will be high in front of a packed Khuman Lampak Stadium for the Blue Tigers to secure a second successive win.

As for the Kyrgyz Republic, the aim will be to finish the tournament on a high. Drawing the match against Myanmar was a disappointing outcome for the side. Aleksandr Krestinin will push the White Falcons from the sidelines and set his team in a way that will nullify the Indian attacking threats. There is enough quality on the side to inflict a defeat on India.

Team News

Manvir Singh is injured, Igor Stimac has confirmed. Sahal Abdul Samad has joined the India camp. Kyrgyz Republic have a fully fit side.

Probable Lineups

India (4-3-3)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra, Suresh Wangjam, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Bipin Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil Chhetri.

Kyrgyz Republic (4-2-3-1) 

Erzhan Tokotaev (GK), Zhyrgalbek Uulu Kairat, Tamirlan Kozubaev, Ayzar Akmatov, Aleksandr Mishchenko, Alimardon Shukurov, Erbol Atabaev, Sherali Yuldashev, Kai Merk, Raul Dzhalilov, Gulzhigit Alykulov.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 4 

India wins – 3

Kyrgyz Republic wins – 1

Draws – 0