International Friendly Replay: India 3-2 Cambodia
Written by: Punit Tripathi
The Blue Tigers beat Cambodia in a seesawing friendly clash in Phnom Penh earlier today...
India XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Captain); Pritam Kotal, Arnab Mondal (Sandesh Jhingan – 46th), Anas Edathodika (International debut for India), Fulganco Cardozo, CK Vineeth (Jackichand Singh – 35th), Rowllin Borges (Milan Singh – 89th – International debut for India), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Md. Rafique – 63rd), Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh (Udanta Singh – 74th), Daniel Lalhlimpuia (Jeje Lalpekhlua – 46th).
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Replay Full Match - Camodia 2-3 India
India sealed a 2-3 win against Cambodia after a thrilling friendly clash played in Phnom Penh earlier today (22nd March). This was the Blue Tigers’ first away win in over a decade.
The Indians started brightly as in the 2nd minute itself CK Vineeth burst down the right and sent in a cross which was cleared by Baraing. Cambodia answered four minutes later as Samouen on the overlap found Vathanaka whose dummy to Udom was well anticipated and cleared by Anas Edathodika. The first big chance fell to the hosts 8 minutes into the game as Polroth’s free-kick from inside his own half picked out Vathanaka. He flashed it across the face of goal and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s initial save fell straight at the feet of skipper Cheary who smashed it over.
At 17 minutes, Pritam Kotal continued India’s sloppy play as he gave the ball away in his own half. Laboravy pounced and found Vathanaka but his shot was straight at the keeper. The Indians responded three minutes later through a brilliant team move that deserved a goal. Sunil Chhetri picked out Daniel who found Vineeth. The winger then played in Kotal on the overlap but his low cross was missed by both Fulganco Cardozo and Robin Singh as the Cambodians cleared their lines.
On 28 minutes, the hosts missed another golden opportunity to take the lead. Udom’s corner was missed by the keeper, but Visal couldn’t turn it in at the far post.
A measure of the visitors’ shambolic first half was that Jackichand Singh was brought on for a sorry Vineeth on 35 minutes. As it was they took the lead immediately after. A corner was completely missed by Serei in the Cambodian goal and Chhetri produced one of the easiest finishes he will ever get. In keeping with the comic nature of their performance, though, the Blue Tigers conceded straight after the restart. Udom burst down the left and as Arnab Mondal backed off he sent in a low cross to Labarovy who beat Gurpreet at the near post to make it all square.
In the very next minute, Vathanaka went down in the box under the challenge of Cardozo but the referee waved play on. Well into first half added time, Kotal almost gifted the Cambodians the lead. The full-back trieed a back header off a cross aimed for Visal that nearly went into his own goal with the keeper out of position.
The teams went into the break level but Cambodia should have been comfortably in the lead and over the hills.
India boss Stephen Constantine rang the changes at half-time hoping for a much better performance. Sandesh Jhingan replaced Mondal at the back while Jeje Lalpekhlua came in for Daniel upfront. The move paid instant dividends as the Indians retook the lead five minutes after the break. Jackichand cut in from the left and squeezed past two defenders before picking out Lalpekhlua who slot it beyond the advancing keeper. Soon after it was 3-1 to India. Robin was put through on goal by lovely pass by Lyngdoh but he shot it straight at the keeper. However, off the resulting corner Jhingan converted with a powerful header.
Published: Wed Mar 22, 2017 08:06 PM IST