It happened because already in the first minute of the first half, Rahul KP first showed that he could claim a place in the men’s relay team, and then the technique that allows him to aim a shot into the near corner without losing his rhythm. But the 1-1 scoreline at half-time after Gurmeet Singh converted a penalty corner proved too good. While India’s players were cramping on the pitch – a consequence of long-haul flights, inadequate rest and possibly questionable pre-season preparation – and Sumit Rathi, usually the number three central defender in the Mohun Bagan Super Giant, was having difficulties at the left-back position, China scored three goals in the last 20 minutes, including two goals by Tao Qianlong in the 72nd and 76th minutes, to win 5-1.
I am proud of my players. Judge them by what happened before the 72nd minute. Everything that happened after that was out of their hands, Stimac told HT in a telephone interview from Hangzhou. But we have big problems: three players (Rathi, Lalchungnunga and Bryce Miranda) have come down with cramps and there is a high risk that they will not be able to play.injuries if they play on Thursday. And it is possible that three players will finish a few hours before Thursday’s game.
The three – Gurkirat Singh, Narender Galot and Aniket Jadhav – were involved in Asian club competitions on Monday and Tuesday. A fourth player, Deepak Tangri of the Mohun Bagan Super Giant team, may not make it, Stimac said. Jickson Singh was scheduled to come in place of Tangri, but the Indian head coach said he did not know if Kerala Blasters would allow him to come. So instead of 22 players, India may have 21.
To reach the round of 16, the Indians need to beat Bangladesh, whom they will meet in less than two days, and Myanmar on September 24. Were it not for terrible preparation, this task would look more achievable than it does now.
Taking the field with players who have rarely played together, InAs early as the seventh minute, Georgia could have lost 0:3. Since the competition was age-based, most of the players were under 24, but despite the fact that the VDians practically never practiced together, China had a dozen matches under their belt by the time the Games opened. One of them, Xu Haoyang of Shanghai Shenhua, struck a header when China trapped India in its 18-yard area. Singh fended off a head kick by Tan Long, who played in Major League Soccer and the second tier in the United States. While central defenders Sandesh Jhingan and Lalchungnunga tried to find an understanding in real time, Long struck another header from close range in the seventh minute. Hyderabad goalkeeper
Singh made another save in the 16th minute, but India’s resistance was broken in the 17th minute when Gao Tiani struck from close range after Jhingan and Lalchungnunga’s corner kick attempt failed, resulting in the ball hitting the 25-year-old midfielder’s hand. In the 23rd minute, an unfortunate pass by midfieldernikah Ayush Chhetri forced Singh to take down Long. Team captain Zhu Chenjie stepped forward but Singh converted the penalty with a shot from the right.
Trying to stay compact in defense, India had a couple of half chances in the first 30 minutes created by Sunil Chhetri and Rahim Ali. By this time, India had settled down a bit. Bryce Miranda operated on the left flank, Rahul moved inside to increase the number of players in the center, where Amarjit Singh Kiam and Ayush Chhetri tried to prevent China from playing the ball into touch. And then from nowhere Rahul scored a goal, which was also the first for India, competing in soccer after nine years, at the Asian Games since 2010.
The four-touch pass was started by Singh, the ball to Rahul came through Ayush Chhetri and the chip of right-back Abdul Anjukandan. Rahul turned on the afterburner, leaving left-back Liu Yang behind and beat goalkeeper Han Jiaqi before the ball hit the inside of the far post and flew into the goal.
Miranda started the second half with a shot that Sunil Chhetri blasted past the goal in the 49th minute. Two minutes later, Dai Weijun made the score 2-1 with a long-range strike as India tightened it up.wn. Rahul, who ran back to clear the ball after a poor corner kick, epitomized India’s fightback till the 72nd minute, but it all went for naught when Qianlong tucked the ball into Wang Haiyan’s goal. Qianlong was at his best again in the 76th minute when two players pounced on Jingang and Hao Fang made the score 5-1 with a 90+2 strike from Rathi.