Preparations will now begin in earnest for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. But, next stop for most of these players is the ISL. We’ll bring you all the post-match reaction from a historic night in Mumbai. But, for now this is your host and dost Ashish Negi saying goodbye and good night.
Full time in Mumbai Football Arena . India defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico 4-1 in an international friendly match
Deserved win for India on what has been a historic night. They were on the back foot early after Sanchez scored from the spot but came back with goals from Das, Chhetri and Jeje. They had the lead and worked to cement their advantage in the second half. Jackichand Singh capped a fine performance with a goal.
The absence of key players, travelling and three games in less than a week caught up with Puerto Rico as they were swept aside by the energetic hosts who were cheered on by a vociferous crowd.
90+3′ A word for the referee who has had a good game. Hasn’t be noticed much and has let the game flow which we all like.
90+1′ Juan Coca with a hopeful shot from distance doesn’t bother Gurpreet.
90′ 4 Minutes of added time .
89′ Puerto Rico corner.wasteful corner and the subsequent Indian counter also breaks down.
88′ Germanpreet Singh replaced Pritam kotal in right wing back position,
87′ Borges with a powerful run, tees up seitya and his precision cross is punched by the keeper.
86′ The stands are starting to empty a bit as a few early birds try to beat the traffic on a Saturday night.
85′ Meanwhile, Passi’s turn and shot is wide
84′ Eugeneson Lyngdoh has been immense in midfield for India.
Half time- And there goes the whistle for the break.
What a first half. The visitors took the lead from the penalty shot but its been all india there after Das, Chhetri and Jeje with the goals as the hosts go into the break with a two goal lead. Catch a breathe everyone. I’ll do the same.
45′ Gurpreet straight to jacki who sees Santana off his line but his shot goes wide.
We go into two minutes of added time.
44′ Corner for Puerto Rico late on but Gurpreet collects
43′ Jeje with a low shot after latching onto a angled cross Tony Sabtana with the save.
42′ The visitors trying to re-assert themselves but India holding firm.
41′ Jacki and Jeje combine again but the keeper puts him off and Jeje’s shot goes wide.
40′ Sunil Chhetri is the dangerous man for India as initiated every attack for India till now
38′ The Indians leading the foul count also. That might be a good stat.
37′ And just as I say that Jacki with a delicious ball for Jeje but he’s offside.
36′ I don’t want to put the nockers on it but the game has slowed down.
35′ Bikash Jairu with another cross from the right causes a flutter in the Puerto Rico defense.
33′ GOALLL!! JEJE SCORED FOR INDIA. Protim Kotal with a deadly cross after some good build up. Chhetri with the knockdown and Jeje with the goal.
32′ Alexis Riviera has been a real threat on the left for Puerto Rico
31′ Amazing work by Jackichand singh on left wing , he finds jeje in the penalty box later shot just above the goal.
30′ Das tries to find Chhetri with a ball down the line. velez clears.
28′ This crowd hasn’t stopped singing. Amazing atmosphere.
27′ Long ball forward to Jeje who finds Jackii who shoots wide.
26′ India caught in possession. The shot is deflected for a corner. But Gurpreet catches easily.
25′ Brilliant save by Gurpreet. The Indian defense just switched off and Juan Coca with the snap shot
24′ GOOOALLL!!! SUNIL CHETTRI SCORED FOR INDIA. Chettri curls a beauty straight into the top left corner.
23′ A body check on Chhetri a free kick for India just outside the box.
22′ Halder and Chhetri have been key to India’s revival in this one.
20′ Cross from the left for Puerto Rico Mondal with the clearance
19′ Pronay Halder picks up a yellow for a raised arm.
17′ GOOAALLL!!! Narayan Das Scored for India. Chhetri’s free kick chatters off the post Narayan Das scores with the follow up.
It’s the defender’s first goal for his country.
16′ Brilliant pressing from Bikash jairu . he plays 1 on 1 with Sunil chettri which eventually gives The free kick for India.
14′ Shot comes in for the hosts but no problems for the keeper
13′ Sunil Chhetri is a marked man
12′ India finding it tough to keep the ball.
11′ Long ball forward by Lyngdoh to Jeje but the keeper collects.
9′ Corner for India ,short corner taken by Sunil Chettri but nothing of it . Puerto Rico defending in numbers.
7′ GOALLL!! Puerto Rico scored from Penalty Spot Sanchez dispatches it with ease to make it 1-0 for the away team.
6′ Penalty for Puerto Rico
4′ The South Americans with the better start India yet to get into it.
2′ First corner for the visitors after an attack from the he left. Jeje with the clearance from the in-swinging corner.
1′ Kick off in Mumbai .The hosts get us underway..
Santosh Kumar is your referee for the evening.
8:02 pm This place is absolutely rocking as the teams shake hands
7:57 pm Its time for the national anthems.
Before that the teams will meet the assembled dignitaries including AIFF boss Praful Patel.
7:56 pm Puerto Rico not fazed by delayed arrival. Looking to play possession football.
7:53 pm India boss Stephen Constantine says Sandhu is the future and that’s why he has been made captain.
7:52 pm The locals have embraced this one warming. A good crowd has already taken their seats and people are piling in.
7:50 pm We are lest than 10 minutes from the action stay tuned.
7:42 pm Did You Know? The last time an India international was hosted in Mumbai it was way back in 1955.
Here’s what tonight’s captain had to say about the venue: ““I am very pleased with the facilities over here. The ground is good. In fact, we need stadia like this in India which are not that big and where the pitch is closer to the stands.”
7:37 pm In 2004 Last time India defeated higher ranked team like Puerto Rico , away to Kuwait the Blue Tigers won 2-3 incidentally Stephen Constantine was also the manager then.
7:32 pm The first Indian to play in the Europa League Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will tick off another milestone today as he captains his country for the first time.
7:22 pm The game will be telecast Live on Star Sports 2 and Start Sports HD 2. It will be screencast on the Hotstar app. You can also follow Live text commentary of the game on www.khelnow.com
Star Sports trailer for tonight game
7:21 pm The teams are out doing their pre-match routine.The surface looks great
7:14 pm Puerto Rico are ranked 114th 38 places above the hosts. Can you tell us in which year India last beat a higher ranked team and who the team was. Tell us in comment section or Tweet us @khelnow .
7:06 pm Some info about today’s venue. The Mumbai Football Arena is housed in the Andheri sports complex in the city;s western suburbs. This is the first official game to take place at the 18,000-seater facility which is also slated to host the home games of Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League.
7:01 pm If you want to find out more about how the two teams have been building up to the big game here’s our match preview. It has exclusive quotes from the India camp and all you need to know about tonight’s opponents. Its the best way to get geared up for the match.
7:00 pmHello and welcome to the Live commentary of India Vs Puerto Rico. The international friendly is being play at the Mumbai Football Arena and I’m your match commentator Ashish Negi. Stay tuned for all the action kick-off is just an hour away.