Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023
×
Outlook.com
×

Asian Games Football: India Suffer Humiliating 5-1 Defeat Against China - Highlights

Asian Games Football: India Suffer Humiliating 5-1 Defeat Against China - Highlights

India men's football team started their 2023 Asian Games campaign with a heavy defeat against China in Hangzhou. Catch highlights of India vs China football match here

File image of Indian football team in action.
File image of Indian football team in action. X/@IndianFootball

It didn't take long for Indian men's football team to unravel. Following a tumultous preparation to the 2023 Asian Games, they landed in China 24 hours before their group opener against the hosts. After 90 minutes, Sunil Chhetri & Co. were left reeling... a 5-1 defeat against China with Tao Qianglong hitting a brace. For India, KP Rahul briefly restored parity after India conceded an early goal and Gurmeet Singh's face-saving penalty save on Tuesday at the sprawling Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium, Hangzhou. India face next Bangladesh on Thursday. Earlier today, 10-man Myanmar defeated Bangladesh by a solitary goal. Top two teams and four best third finishers after the end of group stage move to knock-outs. Relive the India vs China football match. (More Sports News)

6:55pm: A corner for India in the 90th minute. Too little, too late. Poor effort. Four minutes added. China then complete th rout. Result was beyond doubt, but the hosts not resting on laurels. Another goal, this time from Fang Hao. It's 5-1. And over.

6:37pm: Two goals in three minutes for Tao Qianglong. Scrappy goal, and China have it under control. Too fast for Indian defenders. IND 1-4 CHN (75')

6:34pm: Another long ranger, forcing Gurmeet to a desperate diving save. But he fails to hold onto the ball, and from the rebound, Tao Qianglong, who scored against India, slots home with ease. IND 1-3 CHN (71')

6:30pm: Finally, some good movement from India. Win a corner in the 69th minute, but poor delivery from Rahul KP. The striker then engaged in a tussle. China still lead 2-1.

6:11pm: 50th minute, and a long ranger beats Indian goalkeeper. Defernders in front of him lathergic. China restore one goal lead, thanks to Jiang Shenglong. IND 1-2 CHN

6:05pm: Players back for second half.

5:49pm: Three minute added. A good spell for India. And in the first minute of the added time, Rahul KP makes it 1-1 for with a fine finish. Expect a thrilling second half.

5:25pm: Trouble for India. Gurmeet commits a late tackle, and penalty. But the goalie redeems himself with a stunning safe. China, in the ensuing play, win back-to-back corners. It's still 1-0 in favour of China. 25 minutes so far.

5:18pm: India wilt under Chinese pressure. Gao Tianyi slots home from a corner. Poor defending from India. India 0-1 China (Tianyi 16')

4:41pm: Starting XIs

India: Gurmeet Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalchungnunga, Sumit Rathi, Abdul Rabeeh, Ayush Chhetri, Amarjit Singh, Rahul KP, Bryce Miranda, Sunil Chhetri, Rahim Ali 

China: Jiaqi Han, Yang Liu, Shenglong Jiang, Chenjie Zhu, Zhenao Wang, Haoyang Xu, Haijian Wang, Tianyi Gao, Qianglong Tao, Weijun Dai, Long Tean

4:15pm: Hasan Murad scored the alll-important goal in the Group a opener to help 10-man Myanmar beat Bangladesh 1-0.

2:48pm: In Group A's first game between Bangladesh and Myanmar at Xiaoshan Sports Centre Stadium, Hangzhou, the first-half remains goalless. A draw would augur well for India.

2:31pm: For head coach Igor Stimac, the match against China holds little importance. The Croat already said that Indian team's preparation, or the lack of it, is not suitable. The focus will be on the fitures against Bangladesh and Myanmar.

"Having two days preparation prior to big games never served us well... It's obvious how India is different when there is long camp versus a short camp," Stimac said before the team's departure for the Asiad.

1:26pm: Here's the India men's U-23 squad for the Asian Games

Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Moirengthem, Gurmeet Singh, Vishal Yadav;
Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Konsham, Lalchungnunga, Narender Gehlot, Sumit Rathi, Deepak Tangri;
Midfielders: Amarjit Kiyam, Samuel James Lyngdoh, Rahul KP, Abdul Rabeeh, Ayush Dev Chhetri, Bryce Miranda, Azfar Noorani, Vincy Barretto;
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (c), Rahim Ali, Gurkirat Singh, Aniket Jadhav

12:31pm: The Indian national men's hockey team left for Asian Games. India are in Pool A, alongside Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Uzbekistan. The Harmanpreet Singh-led outfit will begin their campaign against Uzbekistan on September 24. It will be followed by fixtures against Singapore, Japan and Pakistan on September 26, 28 and 30 respectively. They will play their last group stage match against Bangladesh on October 2.

The team includes goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak; defenders Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Sanjay. The midfield will be anchored by Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sumit and Shamsher Singh, while the attack will be led by Abhishek, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Sukhjeet Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.

Pool B consists of Korea, Malaysia, China, Oman, Thailand, and Indonesia.

10:47am: All of 19, Indian rifle shooter Nischal won silver in the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions at the ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro late on Monday. In the process, she gave India its second medal on the concluding day of the tournament.

Read the detailed report here.

10:16am: A revamped Paris Saint Germain will take on Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday as the group stage of the elite European tournament kicks off. Taking part in the group stage for the 12th time in a row, the PSG squad facing Dortmund on Tuesday is radically different from the one that was knocked out by Bayern Munich last season.

Read the detailed report here.

8:45am: Even before the start of the Asiad, the Indian football side has been mired in controversy. Though India's talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri and star defender Sandesh Jhingan are part of the squad, many key players like frontline goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu are missing.  

Read the detailed report and where to watch the match live, here.  

The Indian men’s volleyball team too will kick-start their Asian Games campaign today. The side will take on Cambodia in their Preliminary Round Pool C match at the China Textile City Sports Centre Gymnasium. 

Meanwhile, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback to ODI cricket after a 21-month gap. Ashwin was included in the 15-member Indian squad for the first two games of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia, starting in Mohali on Friday. 

Read the detailed report here.

.......................................................................

In county cricket news, India middle-order Test batter Cheteshwar Pujara has been suspended for one game after his side Sussex were docked 12 points in the County Championship due to a code of conduct breach during their match against Leicestershire.

Read the detailed report here.

.......................................................................

In the AFC Champions League (ACL), Mumbai City FC started their campaign with defeat. They suffered a 0-2 loss at the hands of debutants Nassaji Mazandaran of Iran in Pune on Monday. Ehsan Hosseini (34th minute) and Mohammadreza Azadi (62nd) were the scorers for the visiting side.

Read the detailed report here.

.......................................................................

Elsewhere, in international hockey, the Indian men's team has climbed one spot to now be ranked third in the latest world rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday. More than a year since dropping out in May 2022, India, with 2771 points, are back into the top three.

Read the detailed report here.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement