Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s blog of the India vs Sri Lanka SAFF Championship 2021 match being played at the at the Maldives National Football Stadium.
This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the minute-by-minute update.
7′ The stadium does not have a lot of fans, but the the fans, however less present in the stadium are making enough noise with whistles to keep up the support
The Sril Lankan goalkeeper Sujan is up on his feet again after going down post an aerial challenge
5′ Yellow card for Sri Lanka. Asikur gets into the book as Udanta goes to the ground. First booking of the game
3′ Suresh to Chhetri with Udanta making a run on the right, but the attack fizzles out, with the white shirts clearing the ball
2′ India makes a run in the Sri Lanka box while the goalkeeper captain controls the ball away from the Men in Blue
4:30pm: Kick off!
The match begins with India aiming for a win after the frustrating draw in its first match in this year’s SAFF Championship.
4:29 pm: The players of both the teams have take their positions after the national anthems with the Men in Blue playing from left to right and Sri Lanka starting from the other end.
4:20 pm: 10 Minutes to go for kick-off!
Igor Stimac has been under severe criticism after the dull draw against Bangladesh where an outnumbered India failed to secure a win.
Will India finally register its first win? Follow here for live updates.
4 pm: 30 Minutes to Kick-Off!
Stimac has made three changes to the side that started against Bangladesh and will hope to get a win in the tournament.
In the last 20 meetings between Indian and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka has won just once and has drawn four times. The Blue Tigers have dominated the fixture with 15 wins.
3:38 pm: Confirmed Line-ups
India XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Seriton Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Glan Martins, Sunil Chhetri (C), Udanta Singh, Mandar Rao Desai, Liston Colcao, Suresh Singh
Sri Lanka XI: Sujan Perera, Harsha Fernando, Duckson Puslas, Charitha Rathnayake, Kavindu Ishan, Asikur Rahuman, Dillon de Silva, Chalana Chameera, Waseem Razeek, Marvin Hamilton, Jude Supan
A 1-1 draw against 10-man Bangladesh denting its confidence, India will need to quickly get its act together as it takes on Sri Lanka in its second SAFF Championship match on Thursday.
The Indians go into Thursday’s game on the back of a disappointing stalemate with Bangladesh, against whom it should have won considering that it dominated majority of the proceedings and even took the lead courtesy of a Sunil Chhetri strike.
However, that was not to be and India is looking forward to the Sri Lanka game to register its first win in the tournament, which it won a record seven times.
The Blue Tigers head coach Igor Stimac has come under fire for India’s failure to win enough matches in the recent past and he will be under the pump on Thursday.
Despite the loss against Bangladesh, India can afford to fancy its chances against the lower ranked Sri Lankans which has struggled throughout the competition, losing both of its games so far while conceding four goals and scoring two.
The islanders will have its task cut out if it is to move up from the bottom of the points table.
Chhetri is just one goal shy of the iconic Pele in terms of international goals scored and a struggling Sri Lanka will be a great opportunity for him to scale yet another landmark in his illustrious career. – AIFF
Chhetri had put India in the lead, before Bangladesh was reduced to 10 men after Biswanath Ghosh was given the marching orders early in the second half. Yasir Arafat scored for Bangladesh to put his side on level terms later.
The Indian talisman will again look to score and add to his tally.
Chhetri is just one goal shy of the iconic Pele in terms of international goals scored and a struggling Sri Lanka will be a great opportunity for him to scale yet another landmark in his illustrious career. But he will need support from the others if the team is to secure full points from the game.
After the disappointment against plucky Bangladesh, Stimac said “we are ourselves guilty for not winning the match.” “We had everything in control, we dominated the game, and had a one-nil advantage, and even had a one-man advantage.
“But despite all of that, for some unknown reasons, we started giving away simple passes, making unnecessary mistakes. And if you boost the confidence of your opponent, that’s how it finishes when you give them a chance,” Stimac said.
The chief coach is using the tournament as the last opportunity for the players to play international matches before the start of the third round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in February next year.
Complete Indian squad
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Vishal Kaith, 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.
Forwards: Manvir Singh, Rahim Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary
Complete Sri Lanka Squad
Goalkeepers: Sujan Perera, Prabath Ruwan Arunasiri, Kaveesh Fernando
Defenders: Chamod Dilshan, Harsha Fernando, Sunil R. Appuhamy, Charitha Rathnayake, Duckson Puslas, Asikoor Rahuman
Midfielders: Mohamed Musthaq, Mohamed Fazal, Marvin Hamilton, Jude Supan, Chalana Chameera, Kavindu Ishan, Dillon de Silva, Edison Figurado, Aman Faizer
Forwards: Ahamed Waseem Razeek, Mohamed Aakib, Supun D. Wijesinghe, Rifkhan Mohamed, Mohamed Shifan
Where can you watch?
|The SAFF Championship will be telecast in India on Eurosport and Eurosport HD. It can also be watched live online on Discovery + App.|