The Blue Tigers looked out of sorts in the match.

India lost their international friendly to Jordan by a 2-0 scoreline. The two outfits met at the Suheim Bin Hammad Stadium in Qatar with Igor Stimac hoping to lead the Blue Tigers to a win against better-ranked opponents. However, goals from Munther Abu Amarah and Mohammed Abu Zraiq meant that the Indian team succumbed to a third defeat in a row.

The manner of the defeat was particularly disappointing. India hardly posed any challenge to Jordan which cruised their way to a comfortable win. In terms of individual performances, only a few players had some positives to take away from the loss. 

Here is a look at the player ratings of India from their defeat to Jordan in the international friendly:

Gurpreet Singh (GK) – 6.5

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had a strong performance despite conceding the goals. The strike from Munther Amarah was too precise for any goalkeeper to stop. Apart from that moment, the custodian was steadfast in leaving his line, positioning and orchestrating the defenders. Unlucky to come away on the losing side.

Subhasish Bose – 5.5

Subhasish Bose was strong in defence and kept up with the pacy Jordan wingers. However, his attacking contribution was very lacking. India’s tendency to defend deep meant that Bose had to deal with a lot of through balls which he dealt with smartly. However, failing to advance with the ball meant India came under more pressure.

Sandesh Jhingan – 6.0

Sandesh Jhingan was at the heart of the Indian defensive line and kept his troops on their feet for the majority of the game. India’s defensive performance in the first half was decent, thanks to Jhingan’s duel wins, covering and strong clearances. 

Anwar Ali – 5.5

Playing in a three-man centre-back formation, Anwar Ali did his duties fairly well. The FC Goa defender was more confident on the ball than a few of his counterparts. More exposure on the international stage will certainly help Ali play with more confidence.

Pritam Kotal – 4.0

Pritam Kotal was caught in no man’s land for the first goal. He failed to cover for Jhingan and the unmarked player managed to find space to unleash a strong strike. For the second goal, Kotal was too timid to put in the tackle and gave too much room to Abu Zraiq to place the strike in the bottom right corner.

Akash Mishra – 5.5

The left-back was strong in the first half. He did not make a lot of errors on the ball despite intense pressure from Jordan’s forwards. Akash also made key clearances to keep the score at nil-nil. However, the defensive line was too deep for the full-back to move up the pitch, where he is more threatening.

Glan Martins – 7.0

Glan Martins was one of the few positives from the game. He was at the end of multiple clearances and blocked plenty of attacking waves. Apart from a few hiccups where he was out of position, the FC Goa player had a good outing.

Sahal Abdul Samad – 4.5

Sahal Abdul Samad is best when he is on the ball. Indian midfielders were not on the ball, had a lesser share of possession and this perfectly sums up the Kerala Blasters FC player’s performance on the night. A lot of defensive work, but no notable impact in the attacking third.

Anirudh Thapa – 6.0

The midfielder was ever so hardworking in the middle of the park. As Jordan had more possession of the ball, Anirudh Thapa had to work his socks off to close down the passing lines and contribute defensively. A couple of his crosses from dead ball situations could not cause any danger. Stimac took him off at halftime.

Sunil Chhetri – 5.0

The legendary Indian had a night to forget. He could not create or get on the end of a lot of attacking opportunities. The partnership with Manvir Singh upfront did not bear any fruits and Sunil Chhetri was replaced by the tactician despite the side struggling to create any scoring chances. 

Manvir Singh – 5.5

The striker was an isolated figure in the forward line. He tried to use his frame to hold the ball up, but could not combine too well with his teammates. With the rest of the team sitting too deep, Manvir Singh had to press without the ball a lot. Igor Stimac chose to substitute him at half-time to shake things up a bit in the attacking department.

Substitutions

Ashique Kurniyan – 5.5

Ashique Kuruniyan showed glimpses of his speed by making a few impactful runs down the left flank after coming on as a half-time substitute. However, since Jordan had a large share of possession, the opportunities to attack were few for Kuruniyan to help India score.

Yasir Mohammad – 6.5

The winger almost made a crucial impact by hitting the crossbar from a free kick after coming as a substitute at the halftime break. He also looked more trigger happy which was lacking in other Indian attackers.

Suresh Singh Wangjam – 5.0

Suresh Singh Wangjam could not make any major impact on the game after coming on late in the second half as a substitute. The midfielder recovered the ball a few times, but nothing else noteworthy came from the cameo.

Brandon Fernandes – 5.5

The creative midfielder did not create a lot of chances. This is mainly because Jordan enjoyed a major share of possession and Brandon Fernandes spent his night chasing after the ball.

Ishan Pandita – 5.5

Ishan Pandita has a reputation of scoring late goals as a substitute and Igor Stimac sent him to do just that. While the striker could not score, he was at the end of a half-chance where the ball from Jhingan narrowly got past him into the hands of the goalkeeper.

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