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  • 6 February 2013
  • • 18:30
  • • Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi, Kerala
  • Referee: A. Rowan

Live Commentary

  • Thank you for joining us and hope for better times in the future for Indian football
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  • My colleague Ayush Srivastava's (@ayush_sri) take on the match: "A completely underwhelming display by the Indian team in the second half, after showing some promise in the first. The defending was shambolic, though hardly a surprise, considering the poor form of some of the individuals selected in the XI"
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  • FULL-TIME: India 2-4 Palestine
  • 90' + 4'
    Through ball to Manandeep, but slips forward to the Palestine keeper
  • 90' + 3'
    Doesn't look like there's any way back for the Blue Tigers at this stage
  • 90' + 2'
    It's raining down in Kochi right now
  • 90'
    Four minutes added time
  • 89'
    OHHH!!!! Almost a meal made of Khaled Mahdi's negligence in the box as the Palestine defender found himself being charged by Jewel Raja and shot the ball in the air instead, as the Indian player's shot is eventually blocked by Khader Yousef
  • 87'
    SubstitutionKhader Youssef Khaled Salem
  • 87'
    Jewel Raja's header..wide
  • 85'
    SubstitutionC. Miranda C.K. Vineeth
  • 84'
    Arata meanwhile trying to drive forward with Hussain for company, but not enough to beat the rival defense
  • 83'
    The Indians are completely running out of ideas right now, especially with the absense of Chhetri and Francis Fernandes
  • 82'
    Just to remind you, this is an international friendly, because of which there are as many substitutions allowed so far
  • 81'
    SubstitutionMousa Abu Jazar Ahmed Salama
  • 80'
    If you ask me, Arata hasn't seen much of the ball as yet to judge the latest Japanese-Indian recruit in the Indian national team set-up
  • 79'
    With a couple of fresh legs on the ground
  • 78'
    SubstitutionAbdelhamid Abuhabib Abdelrahim Ka’beia
  • 77'
    A double change effected by Koevermans. Will this change the stride of the match?
  • 76'
    SubstitutionFrancis Fernandes Joaquim Abranches
  • 76'
    SubstitutionSunil Chhetri Manandeep Singh
  • 75'
    Miranda's flag-kick cleared away by the Palestine defense and Jewel Raja!!! The India substitute's shot from about 25 yards goes wide of the right post
  • 75'
    Corner to India
  • 73'
    The tide looks to have completely changed against the Men in Blue
  • 71'
    Hussam Abu Saleh off-side
  • 69'
    SubstitutionAlwyn George J. Raja
  • 66'
    Goal Ashraf Nu'man
    GOOAAALLL!!! Ashraf Nu’man snatches the ball away from Nabi's possession and toy's with India defender Gouramangi Moirangthem before beating Nandy to his near post
  • 64'
    SubstitutionLenny Rodrigues Arata Izumi
  • 63'
    A long ball by Khader Yousef to Hussam Abu Saleh sees India keeper Nandy punch the ball away that fell to Eyad Abugharqoud whose eventual shot goes wide
  • 62'
    It's still the player who was injured in the last Kolkata derby, Syed Nabi who is making the Palestine players to be wary of his runs
  • 59'
    Miranda kicks off the ground hoarding to make space for himself to take the flag-kick, which again is won by Nabi, although the latter's header is not on target this time
  • 59'
    SubstitutionAbdallatif Al Bahdari Nadim Barghouthi
  • 58'
    GOOD ATTEMPT!!! Nabi moves around from left to right before taking a shot on target which Palestine keeper Mohammed Shbair deflects for a corner down the left
  • 53'
    A long ball aimed towards Chhetri but the Palestine keeper bravely gets a hand to it
  • 51'
    Penalty Goal Ashraf Nu'man
    GOOALLL!!! Ashraf Nu’man catches India keeper Sandip Nandy on the wrong foot as Al-Fursan pull ahead
  • 50'
    PENALTY!! Gaikwad misses a clearance and the ball moves towards Abu Saleh whose ankle gets clipped by Nabi as the referee points to the spot.
  • 47'
    A miskick by Nandy to concede a throw-in
  • 47'
    Goal Hussam saleh
    GOOOAALLL!!! Worked out from the left side by Ashraf Nu’man towards Abdelhamid Abuhabib who picks out Hussam Abu Saleh on his right, who blasts in the equaliser for the away side
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMa'aly Kawre Mahmoud Salah
  • 46'
    Second half underway...
  • HALF-TIME: India 2-1 Palestine
  • 45' + 2'
    It's a very positive sign for Indian football when you look at some composed and mature defending like that
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes added time
  • 45'
    Good bit of defending by Franco and Gouramangi again to a couple of quick attacks by a desperate looking Palestine side
  • 44'
    Mousa Abu Jazr also making his way inside the Indian box. Gouramangi making his presense felt this time
  • 43'
    A few quick counters being sprayed in by the Palestine side, met by some alert defending by Raju Gaikwad and Denzil Franco
  • 40'
    Excellent work by Nabi who has been all over the place this evening and outjumps the Palestine defense by almost a yard before finding a sweat spot on Shbair's left side
  • 39'
    Goal Syed Rahim Nabi
    GOOOAAALLL!!! Syed Rahim Nabi deservedly gets his name on the scorcard as the India left back nods in Mehtab Hussain's corner to reclaim his side's lead
  • 38'
    Not enough space provided for Palestine striker Eyad Abugharqoud
  • 36'
    Lenny Rodrigues releases Chhetri in the line of attack...flag goes up against the Indian captain
  • 34'
    Quick play between Mehtab Hussain and Syed Nabi to find Sunil Chhetri, whose shot comes off a Palestine defender
  • 32'
    Back to square one all over again as it's 1-1
  • 30'
    Goal Ashraf Nu'man
    GOOOAALLL!!!! Excellent work by Raed Fares down the right wing, who beats Nabi on the right win and spots the unmarked run of Ashraf Nu’man on the far side as the latter drilled in the equaliser with a volleyed shot
  • 29'
    A good cross by Khader Yousef, but also some stellar defensive work by Nabi around the penalty area
  • 26'
    It's still the one-goal lead for the home side
  • 24'
    SAVE!!! A well-visioned through ball by Mousa Abu Jazr towards Ashraf Nu’man, but India goalkeeper Sandip Nandy gets off his line quite effectively to get rid of the danger, while Khader Yousef follows up with a shot off the clearance that flies wide
  • 22'
    Jamal Mahmoud is also seen off his bench to guide his side
  • 19'
    Obviously a positive mood for the Indian camp, and that's evidend enough as Koevermans gets up from his seat to appreciate his side's efforts
  • 17'
    Goal C. Miranda
    GOOOALLL!!!! India take the lead. Alwyn George picks a lose ball in the last quarter of the pitch and makes a scintillating run around the area before unleashing a left-footer that is blocked by the Palestine defender Abdel-Latif Bahdari in front of his keeper while Miranda comes around the corner to blast in the rebound
  • 16'
    The Palestine contingent look like they are getting a bit comfortable on the pitch with a few passes among themselves in the midfield
  • 14'
    Miranda's free-kick straight to Palestine goalkeeper Mohammed Shbair
  • 13'
    Good to see a few neat passes by the Indian outfit, Chhetri tries to flick a ball to Alwyn George, but cut out by the last man in defense
  • 12'
    Miranda's flag-kick equally dealt with by the away side
  • 11'
    Francis Fernandes wins the first corner
  • 10'
    FIRST ATTEMPT! Ashraf Nu’man sets up Eyad Abugharqoud in the center, just outside the box, who shoots wide
  • 9'
    Ashraf Nu’man has been looking like a tricky customer on the left flank
  • 8'
    A cross from the right by Francis Fernandes, aimed for Chhetri, Miranda tries to keep it in...goes out of play
  • 7'
    Lenny tries to release Chhetri, which was well-read by the Palestine defence who are probably prematurely ready to mark the Indian captain
  • 6'
    Bencherifa's decision of playing the Mohun Bagan defender in an attacking role might be paying devidends for India
  • 5'
    Nabi meanwhile is making a good run on the left, gets past two red shirts of the opposition but is eventually outnumbered
  • 4'
    Sloppy defending by India, but the ball somehow manages to slip through towards Nandy to make the clearance
  • 3'
    Palestine's Abu Jazr is being challenged by Francis quite a bit
  • 2'
    Francis sends it way high and wide
  • 1'
    Nabi wins a free-kick on the left side..early opportunity for India
  • 1'
    India kick things off for us at Kochi, Kerala
  • Just moments away from kick-off
  • Loud cheers in the stadium. It's quite a decent crowd
  • And now for the Indian national anthem
  • The national anthem of Palestine being played
  • We're at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, Kerala, which is hosting a football match after nine years
  • We are seeing sights of the players walking on the pitch...
  • PALESTINE: Mohammed Shbair; Raed Fares, Khaled Mahdi, Abdel-Latif Bahdari, Hussam Abu Saleh; Mousa Abu Jazr, Abdelhamid Abuhabib, Ma'aly Kaware', Khader Yousef; Eyad Abugharqoud, Ashraf Nu’man
  • INDIA: Nandy (gk) Gouramangi, Franco, Gaikwad, Nabi, Francis, Hussain, Lenny, Miranda, George, Chhetri (c)
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