After his right hand saved Hassan Matouk from a free kick in the first half, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s left hand prevented the Lebanese captain from scoring in a shootout that ended with Khalil Bader exploding and falling in tears. A fifth series of kicks was not needed after Sunil Chhetri, Anwar Ali, Mahesh Naorem and Udanta Singh scored their goals for India, and the 19,640 spectators at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru roared with joy. Walid Shour and Mohamad Sadeq scored for Lebanon, which has now lost twice to India in less than a month.
A great win that shows what hard work we’ve done in the last five or six weeks. The team should be commended for showing composure and hitting the goal from the penalty spot, Sandhu said.
Lebanon had two early chances, but India, back in the FIFA top 100, grew in the game and proved stronger than all teams. Chhetri saved goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil with a right-footed shot and then failed to hit the target. That was in the first half of extra time. In the second half, Singh made a strong solo pass and was stopped by three players who came close to him, and Lallianzuala Chhangte, who was fouled by Naorem, stopped the goalkeeper’s shot.
With Chhangte on the right, Ashik Kuruniyan and Subhasish Bose on the left, India tried Lebanon on the flanks after a nervy start. In the first minute, Zein Al Abidin Farran bypassed Bose and served from the right. Matouk couldn’t reach the ball, but Nader Matar had time and jumpedThe Calcutta-based company is responsible for producing broadcast content for various competitions, including I-League 2022-23. An email from Gopalkrishna Kosaraj, former president of the Andhra Pradesh Football Association, to AIFF members said the cost of production for I-League was ₹7.98 crore, three times what was spent in 2021-22, and that proper process was not followed in announcing the tender. AIFF denied this claim, saying that all processes were followed in awarding broadcast contracts.
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