The match began when midfielder Anirudh Thapa was fouled a few meters in front of the center line in the first minute, after which Jinson Singh received a pass and sent the ball into the double, but the shot from goal ended in a goal. The action then shifted to the opposite flank when Pakistan earned a corner kick within five minutes, but it did not trouble either the Indian defenders or the goalkeeper.
After that, however, India attacked the entire match, and it started when Ashik Kuruniyan shot into the net in the sixth minute. Moments later, Pakistan goalkeeper Saqib Hanif made a schoolboy mistake when his shot from goal came straight at Chhetri, who was standing in front of the goal but a couple of yards out of bounds. However, Pakistan’s central defender quickly reacted to the mistake and intercepted the Indian captain’s shot, resulting in a corner kick.
Moments later, the Pakistani goalkeeper made another mistake that proved costly as India snatched victory in the 10th minute. The action started when Sandesh Jingana missed a free kick right at the line. However, Pakistan chose to kick the ball back and it ended up going to the goalkeeper, who took two touches before deciding to knock the ball away. However, he lost control of the ball when Chhetri galloped forward, pressing the goalkeeper, intercepted the ball and knocked it into the open goal post.
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The hosts continued to attack and Chhetri doubled India’s lead five minutes after the first goal, this time with a penalty, which was awarded after the ball hit the hand of a Pakistani defender and flew over the goal post.
A few minutes later, Jingan nearly scored his third goal for India when Thapa, from the right flank in front of the penalty line, sent the ball into the goal, but the tall center-back shot past the goal.
Attacks continued on both flanks, and in the 25th minute there was a good docking between defender Pritam Kotal and Lallianzuala Chhangte inside the double, after which the Mizo forward struck the ball on goal, but it hit the back of the Pakistani goalkeeper.
A couple of minutes later, India earned a corner kick, and Thapa took a short shot, passing the ball to Jixon, who was standing at the corner flag. Jickson then ran for the dream, dribbling past the defenseThe first time he hit a shot at the near corner, it went into the side netting.
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Then Pakistan defender Muhammad Umar Hayat missed a free kick outside the box, for which the first penalty of the match was awarded. As Chhetri got ready to shoot, the crowd began to chant a hat-trick, but the talismanic striker, who mostly takes his shots, missed the target this time as the ball flew over the crossbar.
It did not end there, an ugly brawl broke out between the players on both sides, Indian coach Igor Stimac’s antics on the sideline caused a reaction. The coach knocked the ball out of Pakistani Abdullah Iqbal’s hands as he prepared to take a shot near India’s technical zone, infuriating the tourists, who were already upset after conceding two goals. The Pakistani players and attendants could not resist responding by gathering players from both teams in the technical area.
Chhetri, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who did not start the game in goal, tried to separate the two sides, but the provocation was enough for the referee to show Stimak a red card.
The problems didn’t end there: Pakistan goalkeepers coach Marcelo Schroeder Costa headbutted India manager Velu Dhayalamani. Costa was dragged to the Pakistani dugout by a group of Pakistani extras and staff as he gestured for the referee to punish the offenders.
In the second half, assistant coach Mahesh Gauli took charge of the game, and India kept the tempo up. Kuruniyan ran in from the left flank and took a shot on goal early in the second half, but the ball was collected on the rebound by the Pakistani goalkeeper.
Substitutions then came from both sides, and in the 75th minute, Chhetri finally notched a hat trick. Making a sensational run from his own half of the field, Chhetri reached the opponent’s penalty area and looked left to find the Indian jerseys. Finding none, however, he decided to break through on his own and was fouled by a defender. The Indian skipper again got into striking position and shot into the top corner, completing his hat-trick before being replaced by Liston Colaco in the 86th minute.
The fourth goal from India came in the 81st minute, when center-back Anwar Ali’s lofted ball broke Pakistan’s high pressing and found Udant Umarq straight.In front of the opponent’s goal. He controlled the ball and then calmly sent it into the goal post from a one-on-one situation.