Pakistan downed India 2-0 in a friendly tie played at the Bangalore Football Stadium, Bengaluru, on Wednesday. Kaleem Ullah converted a free-kick in the 39th minute, while Saddam Hussain doubled the lead in the 90th minute for the visitors. The JSW friendly series finished 1-1 with India having registered a 1-0 victory last Sunday.
Wim Koevermans made two changes to his side from that he fielded four days ago by bringing in striker Thongkhosiem Haokip and midfielder Milan Singh in place of the suspended Robin Singh and Pronay Halder who carried a niggle from the last game.
Pakistan had the better start although the Blue Tigers didn't take long to launch an attack. The sixth minute saw Lalrindika Ralte's delivery into the box just about cleared while Sunil Chhetri's overhead attempt wasn't good enough.
In what was the best piece of action by the Indians, after a series of passes, Chhetri shot from 30 yards out which was palmed away for a corner by Pakistan goalkeeper Muzammil Hussain.
India should have taken the lead when Haokip saw his shot being kept out by Hussain and off the rebound, Francis Fernandes' attempt was blocked in the 37th minute.
Lalrindika Ralte conceded a free-kick and Kaleem Ullah placed his curled effort into the back of the net leaving India custodian Amrinder Singh with little chance to make a save.
Ten minutes into the second half, Chhetri set up Seiminlen Doungel, who came on for Fernandes at half-time, but the latter only managed to find the side netting.
In the 71st minute, Siam Hanghal found Chhetri who launched a quick counter-attack and was fouled in the process by Muhammad Bilal. Chhetri dusted himself to take the free-kick, but his effort from around 25 yards went wide.
Moments later, Doungel found Joyner Lourenco in the final third and the Sporting Clube de Goa defender did well to lob the ball above a Pakistani defender with his first touch, but wasn't able to control his shot which went into the orbit.
Amrinder came off his line to save a certain goal in an one-on-one situation with Saddam Hussain who had only the keeper to beat in the 81st minute.
However, Hussain made amends for his missed chance by stealing the ball from the feet of Sandesh Jhingan and neatly placing the ball into the right corner in the 90th minute to seal the win.
Wim Koevermans' side were poor in most of the departments and need to step up before the Asian Games if they hope to make it past the group stage.