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India winners, losers and ratings as Blue Tigers are held by Singapore

10:59 PM MYT 24/09/2022
Ashique Kuruniyan India Singapore International Friendly
Igor Stimac's men came back from behind to hold Singapore to a 1-1 draw

India and Singapore played out a 1-1 in the Hung Thinh tournament at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Saturday.

Despite being tagged as clear favourites, the Blue Tigers needed a little push that came in the form of the opener scored by a deflected free-kick by Ikhsan Fandi (37') as Ashique Kuruniyan (43') bagged the equaliser minutes later.

The draw brings an end to India's three-game winning streak that helped them qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. India are currently second in the tri-nation friendly tournament after Vietnam who defeated Singapore 4-0 in midweek.

The title-deciding clash will be played between the hosts and India on September 27.

  • Ashique Kuruniyan India Singapore International Friendly

    The Winners

    Ashique Kuruniyan: The ATK Mohun Bagan attacker got an opportunity to score the opening goal in the 26th minute when he tested Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny but failed to convert. He made amends for his earlier missed chance by scoring the equaliser from Sunil Chhetri's pass in the 43rd minute.

    Sunil Chhetri: The talismanic skipper played his role effectively in the match. He managed to get into spaces for an opportunistic header from set-pieces and also provided the assist perfectly for Kuruniyan equalising goal.

  • Ishan Pandita, India

    The Losers

    Ishan Pandita: Known as the super sub for his performances off the bench for both FC Goa and Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League (ISL), the forward is yet to replicate any of that in national team colours. Coming on as a second-half substitute, he mistimed his runs and also wasted an opportunity to score by ballooning the ball.

    Narender Gahlot: The youngster looked a little shaky at the beginning as Singapore got off to a promising start, forcing India on the back foot in the initial minutes, although he was at hand to effect a few vital clearances.

  • Anwar Ali India Singapore International Friendly

    Indian Ratings: Defence


    The deflected goal was unfortunate for the Indians with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu already committed to the opposite side and the reverse movement falling short. Before that, Gurpreet pulled off a reflex save to deny Ikhshan's header from close range.

    The absence of stellar figures such as Sandesh Jhingan and Chinglensana Singh at the back were felt, especially with Ikhshan threatening the centre-back pairing of Anwar Ali and Narender Gahlot, while Kuruniyan was guilty of the lunge that resulted in the free-kick that led to the opener against India.

    Akash Mishra and Roshan Singh's movement on the flanks were also not unlocked to its full potential as India lost some ground there, too.

  • Sahal Abdul Samad Ashique Kuruniyan India



    Sahal Abdul Samad was looking comfortable playing out from the middle but there needed to be a few more touches with more men in the area to create pockets before letting a ball slip through for the front men as Singapore held a deep back line.

    Much like from the full-back positions, India lacked wing play from the midfield which meant lesser deliveries been sent in. Liston Colaco steered in from wide areas to create openings for himself and got close on a couple of occasions.

    Anirudh Thapa tried playing a few quick free-kicks but none of them going to plan while it was a deflection off Jeakson Singh in a three-man wall that led to the goal.

  • Liston Colaco India Singapore International Friendly



    The forward line had to work a bit of a double shift as even Sunil Chhetri dropped a bit deeper to create openings up front. Ashique Kuruniyan took a bit too long on the ball in the final third but to be fair, Team India haven't had much time to prepare telepathically.

    The likes of Colaco, Chhetri and Kuruniyan missed a few good opportunities but Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny could take equal credit with his timely saves.

    However, the equaliser was a display of a well-worked counter attack as Chhetri put in a precision through ball for Kuruniyan, who also showed great composure to finish off.

  • Subs & Manager


    Igor Stimac took until the 68th minute to make his first change as he threw in Harmanjot Khabra in place of Roshan Singh and the fresh legs of Rahul KP in place of Kuruniyan, and then another 10 minutes later Ishan Pandita and Udanta Singh replacing Sunil Chhetri and Liston Colaco

    Ishan Pandita looked a bit rusty following his introduction from the bench while Udanta Singh wasn't able to create anything of note.

    Lallianzuala Chhangte came in at the death for Thapa.