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1 September 2013
• Dashrath Rangasala, Kathmandu
Referee: H. Dilan Perera
Samar Ishaq 14' (own goal)
Join us tomorrow as Afghanistan face Bhutan in the first match of the day...Stay here for the report and reactions! Ciao for now.
90' + 4'
And this is it. India hold on for a 1-0 win, courtesy of a own goal in the first half. Hardly a great performance by the India but they hold on. Pakistan can take a lot of encouragement from this performance.
90' + 2'
India trying to see off the last few minutes of this tie, by keeping possession.
Into the 90th minute, as Pakistan throws everything forward in search of an equalizer. Mujahid gets a bit free, but his shot is weak, and poses no problem
India get a freekick which is floated towards Nabi at the far post. the defender heads it down for jeje, whose shot is deflected for a corner.
Yellow Card Muhammed Ahmed
CLOSE!! Francis with a snapshot from inside the box, after Jeje did well down the other wing, but failed to find Jewel.
Another chance for Chhetri, as he wriggles his way past a defender, but his shot is just over the bar. Will the India number 11 get on the scoresheet today?
Lenny finds Chhetri with a good through ball, but the striker dithers, and his eventual shot is cleared. COuld have squared that to Jewel. Meanwhile Aditya Dimri says, " I've a decent feel that India will hold for a win! Although the defending has been very poor"
Some better attacking play by India here, Chhetri with another shot, saved by the keeper.
India go close! And its the now slightly livelier Chhetri who starts the counter-attack from a Pakistan free-kick. He exchanges passes with Mehtab, but his eventual shot is just wide.
15 mins. to go. Can India hold on for a win? Tweet to @ayush_sri
Yellow Card Syed Rahim Nabi
Chhetri a bit more lively now. Turns well and unleashes a venomous shot. The custodian somehow manages to parry it out.
A possible counter-attack chance for India, but Ejaz Butt comes out of goal to clear the danger
Syed Rahim Nabi
Gouramangi with the header from a rare India foray. Deflected wide for another corner. Then Chhetri links up well with Jeje for the first time, but his sot is well saved by Ejaz Butt.
Pakistan doing everything but scoring. Adil goes past Mohanraj as if he wasn't there, and then cuts past Arnab as well, before squaring to Riyaz's, whose weak effort, is cleared first by Mangi and then Nirmal. India on the ropes.
Kaleemullah gets down the wing and puts in a cross, which gets blocked and Pakistan wins a corner.Hrisav Bhowmick meanwhile thinks India needs to strengthen their left flank. Do you agree? Tweet to @ayush_sri
Hassan Bashir now gets to the end of Adil's cross, after the winger drifted past Arnab. However Hassan's header comes off Gouramangi and goes out. Referee misses Mangi's touch, and gives a goalkick.
Riyaz now with a shot, but again wide. pakistan need to get their efforts on target, if they want to equalize.
Adil scuffs his effort, after being put through by Hassan . Good counter-attack by Pakistan there.
India make a sub, brining in Jewel Raja for the disappointing Alwyn George. Meanwhile Vikas Muralidharan tells me that he is satisfied by India's lead and surprised by Pakistan's performance. Do you have the same views? Tweet to @ayush_sriPriyojit Deb maintains that India can win this tie, 2-1.
What did you make of the first half? Satisfied with India's lead or surprised by Pakistan's playing style. Tweet your thoughts to @ayush_sri
The worst part has been India's poor ball retention. For all the promise of possession based football, this has been an aimless kick-and-rush festival here.
However Pakistan have comeback strongly, and should have atleast been on level terms, based on the balance of play. Disappointing from India.
45' + 2'
And that's half-time. India go into the break, leading 1-0, thanks to a fortunate own goal.
45' + 1'
Hassan almost comes close again, Gouramangi manages to thwart him and concedes a corner
And Subrata forced into a save! Kaleemullah with a good shot, matched by Subrata's save, Nirmal manages to scramble the ball clear. India can't wait for half-time.
Samar goes close from the corner, but his header is just wide.
And Pakistan break through again, but Hassan is too selfish there, going for a shot, when he should have squared the ball. Corner
Pakistan make a tactical switch, moving Rehman to centre-back, and bringing in Saddam Hussain in midfield, with Kamran Khan going off.
CLOSE!! Pakistan almost equalize, when Hasan Basir is allowed too much space outside the box, and he unleashes a shot which comes back off the post. Pakistan dominating now.
And India almost score a comical second too, as the keeper comes out to clear, but slips and almost gives Chhetri the ball, but recovers to clear
Two successive corners for Pakistan, as they put some pressure on India
Some poor football by India here. playing route one, aimless long balls, and nothing is coming of it. They need more control!
First real chance for Pakistan, as Riaz Ahmed blazes over the bar after some great link-up play between Hassan and Adil set him free in the box. A warning for India's defense!
And India almost had a chance for a second, as Alwyn broke from a Pakistan corner, but Lenny did not anticipate his ball, allowing the keeper to come ahead and smother the chance.
Yellow Card Subrata Paul
A yellow card for Subrata there, as he comes out and takes down Hassan, but since it was not a goal-scoring opportunity, he gets a yellow. Nothing comes from the freekick
Own Goal Samar Ishaq
GOAL!! And what a gift for India! A harmless Francisco ball into the box, and a mix-up of epic proportions between Kamran Khan and Samar Ishaq end with the ball hitting Samar and going into the net. Bizarre!
Pakistan coming into the game now. Some good runs down the wing by Md. Adil, but Arnab Mondal clears the danger.
India wins another corner, Nirmal with a good probing ball to Francis, whose cross was cleared out by Zesh Rehman. Nothing comes of it though.
Both the teams probing each other now. Some sloppy passing by both sides.
India win the first two corners of the game, good early pressure.
And Pakistan kick us off!
Well the national anthems of both the teams were played out. Much lesser crowd today, but that was to be expected.
So with kickoff minutes away, what are your predictions for the game? Tweet to me at @ayush_sri
Hi, this is your commentator for today, Ayush Srivastava here, live from Dashrath stadium, Kathmandu. Massive connectivity issues, but here I am!
Wim Koevermans will hope for a positive start to India's SAFF Championship after losing 3-0 to Tajikistan. This will be Pakistan's Shahzad Anwar's first official game as the head coach. They too are coming off a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Afghanistan.
Pakistan Subs: Saqib Hanif, Muazammil Hussain, Muhammad Hameed, Yaqoob Butt, Zia Us-Salam, Naveed Ahmed, Muhammad Mujahid, Saddam Jarrar
India Subs: Sandip Nandy, Raju Gaikwad, Sandesh Jhingan, Syed Rahim Nabi, Arata Izumi, Jewel Raja, Dawson Fernandes, Robin Singh
Pakistan: Yousuf Butt; Samar Ishaq, Zesh Rehman, Kamran Khan, Muhammad Ahmed; Mohammad Adil, Adnan Ahmed, Faisal Iqbal, Muhammad Riaz; Kaleemullah, Hassan Bashir.
India: Subrata Paul; Nirmal Chettri, Gouramangi Singh, Arnab Mondal, Nallappam Mohanraj; Francis Fernandes, Mehtab Hossain, Lenny Rodrigues, Jeje Lalpekhlua; Alwyn George; Sunil Chhetri.
Wim Koevermans has handed starts to Jeje Lalpekhlua, Subrata Paul, Alwyn George and Nallapan Mohanraj for India’s opening SAFF Championship tie against Pakistan.
India are the defending champions of the competition and should they win the 2013 edition, it will be a hat-trick of triumphs for them. Meanwhile, Pakistan are yet to win a SAFF Championship title.
Welcome to Goal's Live coverage of the SAFF Championship 2013 as India take on Pakistan in a group A encounter at the Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, Nepal
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