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Indian football team hits new low: Chhetri and boys held to goalless draw by 205th ranked Sri Lanka


India showed another disappointing performance as they were forced to draw with 205th in Sri Lanka’s rankings despite dominating their second SAFF championship match here on Thursday.

The seven-time champions paid the price for not creating enough chances and wasting them against a Sri Lankan team 98 places below them in the FIFA rankings.

Despite having the lion’s share of the ball, the 107th-ranked Indians were underperforming with standard conditions and did little in open play against their opponents, who had only five countries below them in the 210-team table. …

The full-fledged team of Igor Stimats is still looking for victories in two matches. In their first match on Monday, they drew 10-man 1-1 against Bangladesh, which put pressure on Stimac.

A defeat or draw against Nepal (six points) on Sunday could make it difficult for India to reach the final. The top two teams in the round robin league advance to the final on 16 October.

India made three substitutions from the previous match, starting in the eleventh: Seriton Fernandez and Mandar Rao Dessai replaced Chinglensan Singh and Pritam Kotal in defense, and Suresh Singh replaced Manvir Singh in front.

Stimak’s team from the very beginning controlled the course of the match, the Sri Lankans had practically no chance at the gates of India, but somehow the forwards led by captain Sunil Chkhetri were unable to blow up the opponent’s goal.

Chkhetri himself could do little that day.

The best chance in the first half came in the 22nd minute, but Liston Kolako made a free kick after a beautiful pass from Udanta Singh from the right flank and flew over the crossbar.

India continued to insist on a goal, but failed to put real pressure on the enemy defenses for the remainder of the first half.

In the second half, Stimak removed Suresh and brought in Mohd. Yasser.

In the 60th minute, Dessai sent the ball low into the goal of Sri Lanka, and Anirudhu Tapa could only connect to score, but he could not reach the ball.

As Sri Lanka defended in their half of the pitch, the Indians pushed more men forward to reach the elusive goal, but at the same time, their frustration continued to grow by the minute.

Stimak was punished for arguing with the referee, as the face of the Croatian coach clearly showed disappointment.

India missed a great opportunity to steal the winner two minutes before regular time. Chetri took a stunning corner from Yasira at the near post and the ball hit Subhasish Boz at the far post.

It needed a simple connection to Bose, but he shot through the bar and Sri Lanka drew.



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