SAFF Championship India vs Maldives LIVE: Mandar Rao booked, live match updates

SAFF Championship India vs Maldives LIVE: Mandar Rao booked, live match updates

Hello and welcome to the Sportstar blog of the 2021 India vs Maldives SAFF Championship match to be played at the Maldives National Soccer Stadium.

This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee giving you the update minute by minute.

2. 3 ‘ Maldives can afford a draw here. India cannot. Naturally, the host is looking to stay in his own half to stop any attacks that start to build.

21 & # 39; Yellow card! Mandar Rao gets in the book with the first yellow card of the match

19 ‘ Chhetri’s Bike Kick, but there is no real danger as the scores are still null. The ball goes back to the middle of India

17 ‘ Maldives is now lagging behind to get India out as India continues to push.

13 & # 39; Save at the other end! Maldives shoots from the edge of the area, but Gurpreet catches it easily

12 & # 39; Shot! Branon Fernandes takes a long ranger shot that easily goes over the target. Scores remain 0-0

eleven ‘ Great steal by Kotal, who tries to pass the ball through the midfield gaps, but the Maldives mitigates his gaps to get solid again on defense

9 & # 39; LOST! Ali Ashfaq steals the ball but Rahul Bheke comes to India’s rescue with a crucial interception

8 ‘ Suresh Singh was fouled by Nihaan, but the free kick missed the wall. The game is still on.

7 & # 39; Offside! The punt was kicked back to Ashfaq, who receives the ball, but the linesman raises his flag.

6 ‘ Maldives created a space on the right flank and got a corner. Ashfaq took it, which cleared himself of danger comfortably.

4 ‘ Kotal crosses the ball but misses any potential receiver as no real danger arises for Maldives

3 ‘ Kotal to Suresh Singh, but the ball goes into a throw-in, as the game continues after the throw-in.

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1 ‘ Maldives tries to create something from the right, but India defends well in the first minute of the match.

9:30 pm: It begins! India, in white, starts from left to right with the Maldives, in red and green stripes, at the other end of the field.

9:26 pm: Just a few more minutes for the game to start as the player from both teams is on the field warming up

9:00 pm: 30 minutes to start!

The winner of this match will advance to the final, where they will face Nepal, a team that has reached the final of the SAFF Championship for the first time.

In other news, the Indian women’s team faces Chinese Taipei in an international friendly, in which India already took the lead with a goal from Renu.

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8:48 pm: Igor Stimac has decided to go with an XI unchanged since the last game with the team lined up in a 4-4-2 formation.

It must be remembered that when India lost the SAFF title the last time, it was the Maldives at the other end.

8:38 pm: confirmed lineups:

India XI: Gurpreet Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Lalenmawia, Manvir Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Sunil Chhetri, Yasir Mohammad, Mandar Rao Desai, Pritam Kotal, Suresh Singh

Maldives XI: Faisal (GK), Sifaau, Samooh, Akram, Haisham, Mahudee, Nihaan, Aisam, Hamza, Ashfaq, Fasir

Match preview

Needing an outright victory to stay alive in the SAFF Championship, the Indian soccer team will face host Maldives in their final all-against-all league match on Wednesday.

A draw or defeat will see the seven-time champion India miss the final, which could raise further questions about head coach Igor Stimac’s future with the team.

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India’s worst performing SAFF championship so far was third place in 2003 and the team won or finished second in 11 previous editions. The top four teams from the five-team tournament continue to compete for the final on October 16.

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With five points from two draws and one win, India is currently in third place behind the Maldives (six points from three games) and Nepal (six points from three games). Nepal plays Bangladesh (fourth place with four points) in a previous match on Wednesday.

The two-time defending champion Maldives has never been an easy opponent for India in the history of this regional tournament, although the island nation is 51 points behind India on the FIFA list at 158th place.

The team led by veteran Ali Ashfaq, one of the best strikers in the region, has regrouped after losing their opening match to Nepal, defeating Bangladesh 2-0 and Sri Lanka 1-0.

Like India’s captain Sunil Chhetri, Ashfaq, 36, has long carried Maldivian football on his shoulders and has scored two of his team’s three goals in this tournament. He will undoubtedly be the man India will have to watch out for.

India felt the absence of experienced Sandesh Jhingan in deep defense as they failed to defend a 1-0 lead against 10-man Bangladesh, who scored a late draw despite being outnumbered.

In the second match against Sri Lanka, ranked 205th, the Indian forwards, including Chhetri, had a bad day as they could not create enough chances and also failed to finish the few scoring opportunities they were presented with to hold a 0-0 draw. . .

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Chhetri came to the team’s rescue once again against Nepal, scoring the decisive goal to equal Pelé’s legendary 77 international goal count. The team remains dependent on Chhetri for goals and lacks proven scorers.

Udanta Singh, right winger, has been inconsistent although he has shown flashes of his skills on the flanks, while Seriton Fernandes in defense and Brandon Fernandes in midfield have done reasonably well.

Stimac lamented the inability of his forwards to convert scoring chances. “We need to improve our score based on the opportunities we are creating,” he said.

“It’s simple, if we do that, the games become very easy. Otherwise, we have to suffer until the end, or even beyond,” he added, still confident that his team can reach the final.

Full Indian Squad

Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Vishal Kaith and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Chinglensana Singh Konsham, Mandar Rao Dessai, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Seriton Fernandes.

Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Lalengmawia, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Jeakson Singh, Glan Martins, Suresh Singh, Liston Colaco, Yasir Mohammad.

Forward: Manvir Singh, Rahim Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary

Complete the Maldives squad

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Faisal, Mohamed Shafeeu, Ali Najih

Defenders: Ahmed Nooman, Hussain Sifau Yoosuf, Haisham Hassan, Akram Abdul Ghanee, Samooh Ali, Gasim Sammaam

Midfielders: Ashad Ali, Ibrahim Aisam, Mohamed Umair, Hussain Nihan, Hamza Mohamed, Ismail Eesa, Ibrahim Waheed Hassan.

Forward: Hassan Raaif Ahmed, Mohamed Naaim, Ibrahim Mahdhy Hussain, Assadhulla Abdulla, Ali Fasir, Ali Ashfaq, Naaiz Hassan, Ali Haisham

Where can you look?

The SAFF Championship will be broadcast in India on Eurosport and Eurosport HD. It can also be viewed live online in the Discovery + app. Starts at 9.30pm IST.

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