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International Friendly Live Commentary: Jordan Vs India

Written by: Anjishnu Roy

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90'+4': It's full time here at the King Abdullah II Stadium with Jordan winning the game 2-1.

90'+3': India have a corner in the dying minutes and probably their last attemot to get a result from the game.



90': Jordan forwards are toying with the Indian defenders who are affording them way too much time and space in the final third. Al Bakheet tries to swerve his shot into the goal which is saved by a diving Gurpreet Singh Sandhu!

89': Pronay Halder misses the chance to tap in from close range from the corner by  just a few inches! Great chance gone to waste.

88':  India have a corner here and a very good opportunity to get the equaliser! 

81': India are making a double change here with Sumeet Passi and Narayan Das coming on for Anirudh Thapa and Germanpreet Singh.

76': Jordan are back on top ofmthe game with good composure and display on the ball and India have lost much of their early momentum. They look more likely to hold on to the one goal lead by the end of the game than India to level the score.

73': Faizal takes a solid freekick from close to the box but it gets diverted by the wall for a corner.

70': Nishu Kumar has been very impressive since he has come on and pulled off a sublime dribble in the final third.

67': Haddad seems to have pulled his hamstring here and is down on the pitch.                                                                     

62':GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! Germanpreet's cross finds Nishu Kumar alone in the box who slots the ball home powerfully to get his debut goal! GAME BACK ON!

59': India make a substitution as Nishu Kumar comes on

58': Goal! Sameer leads a Jordanian counter attack and squares the ball to Haddad who finishes off the move emphatically! Jordan have the daylight in score that they were looking for!  

55': Anirudh Thapa's ball into the box fins the head of a Jordanian defender and breezes past the box for a corner.

52': Second half has started in the same way as the first half with Jordan easing on the ball and trying to exploit spaces in the Indian midfield and defence. 

47': Baniyatiyeh finds Al Bakheet at the edge of the box whose curled shot sails over the bar.

45': The second half starts with India kicking off from left to right. They have made a change: Aashique Kuruniyan has come on for Jerry Lalrinzuala.

HT: India have been down and out ever since the very first whistle kicked off the international friendly. They have looked sloppy and careless in possession, haven't shown the desire to claw their back into the game after being down by a comical goal which foiled Gurpreet's earlier penalty saving heroics. They need a major reshuffling of packs if they have any hopes of getting a result from this game which has only been demoralising so far.

45': Half-time! The referee's whistle brings the first half to an end. India is lucky to go into the half-time break down by a solitary goal.

43': A fantastic buildup from Jordan finds Hadda on the right wing who plays a delightful driven cross into the box but Faisal is unable to connect his feet with the ball. 

42': India have been very sloppy in possession and that is an understatement.

40': Haddad's cross finds Al Bakheet at the ege of the box who takes a shot but it is cleared by Subhashish Bose from the goal line! 

35': Indian players are pressurising more aggresively now and trying to take control of the game at the centre of the park.  

30': Jordan's passing triangles has been too hot for the Indian players who are again relying on quick long ball strategy which hasn't paid off so far. 

27': The game has been very demoralising so far for the Blue Tigers. Their midfield has been non-existent so far and need to buckle up if they wish to take control of the game. 

25': Goal! Madness at the King Abdullah Stadium II! Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was way off his line and was unable to save the long kick by Jordan goalkeeper A Shafi! Jordan lead 1-0!

22': Corner from Anirudh Thapa finds its way to Vinit Rai's feet whose shot gets blocked by the goalkeeper. Pronay Halder receives a yellow card in the following tussle.

18': India finally come out of the back and are trying to build a play in midfield. 

17': Al Bakheet has been a real thorn so far and almost every Jordan attack has found its way through him on the wings and half spaces.

15': It's all Jordan on the possession and India can't even get a sniff of possession here. Even the early pressure, if any has been very conservative from the Indian forward line. It's very evident that if it carries on this way, Jordan will walk all over us.

12': Jordan have been launching a lot of attacks from the left wing and Constantine needs to address the situation soon.

9': The great wall of India, Gurpreet dives the right way and saves the penalty and the resulting rebound!

8': PENALTY! The ref points to the penalty spot after a shot from Ersan strikes an Indian defender but the replay shows it was a harsh call to call it as a handball

5' : Jordan are playing out from the back really well here. Indian defence is on alert since goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has already been called into action a couple of times.

3': Jordan is utilising the wing early here to stretch the Indian defence and Albasha hits the side netting. 

1': This is the very first international friendly between both the sides. Jordan is dominating the early possession of the ball.

10:30 PM: And we have kickoff here at Amman with the Blue Tigers kicking from right to left!  

10:25 PM: As the players make their way out to the King Abdullah II Stadium accompanied by the iconic FIFA anthem, it must be pointed out that head coach Stephen Constantine has went with a strange lineup amidst all the controversies that surrounded the squad. Sandesh Jhingan has been replaced by Salam Ranjan in defence, Germanpreet partners Pronay in midfield and Anriudh Thapa has been pushed to play as a forward.

10:20 PM: The game was riddled with its fair share of controversy where apparently it was called off yesterday because certain members of the Indian team were stuck at the airport for 36 hours because of extremely poor weather. However, the game has received the go today and the men in blue will be raring to use the opportunity ahead of the all important Asia Cup next year. 

10:10 PM : Here are the starting lineups for tonight's game:

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK) (C), Salam Ranjan Singh, Anas Edathodika, Pritam Kotal, Subhashish Bose, Pronay Halder, Vinit Rai, Germanpreet Singh, Jackichand Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa

Jordan: A Shafi (GK), I Zwahreh, M Albasha, Y Arab, E Haddad, A Zghayer, Y Al-Bakheet, KH Baniyatiyeh, A Sameer, A Ersan, B Faisal 

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10:00 PM- Hello everyone! It is a wonderful atmosphere here in Amman and the Indian National Team is all set to face Jordan in a FIFA friendly fixture. The two sides are meeting for the first time in their history. The weather is near to perfect and spectators are coming in to experience the game. This is your host Anjishnu Roy, and I hope you enjoy the game with me.

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Published: Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:21 AM IST

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