Indian football team bow out of Asian Games after agonising 2-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia

Sep 29, 2023

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Asian Games 2023 football match between India and Saudi Arabia highlights: At the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium on Thursday, as the Blue Tigers took on Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 of the Asian Games 2023, all eyes were on Sunil Chhetri and company. Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 57 in the FIFA rankings, defeated India 2-0 to go to the Asian Games quarterfinals.

India has officially been eliminated from the men’s football competition in Hangzhou after Marran of Saudi Arabia scored twice in the second half. India’s men’s football team, led by Chhetri, reached the semifinals of the Asian Games following a 1-1 tie with Myanmar in the group round.

In the low-scoring match, veteran attacker Chhetri gave India the lead, but Kyaw Htwe cancelled it out in the 74th minute. Chhetri’s Team India needed to defeat Myanmar on the basis of goals scored after finishing with four points in Group A to advance to the round of 16. Saudi Arabia finished Group B with two victories and a draw (against Iran) before defeating India in the knockout round of the Asian Games.

Key moments:

  • In the 62nd minute, head coach Igor Stimac decided to sub Sunil Chhetri off.
  • In the 57th minute, Marran of Saudi Arabia finished off his hat trick.
  • The opening goal of the game was scored by Marran in the 51st minute.
  • India and Saudi Arabia had a strong first half of play.
  • India’s first shot at goal came from captain Sunil Chhetri in the 14th minute.
  • The crossbar was struck by Saudi Arabia in the 22nd minute.
  • India’s first pre-quarterfinal in 13 years was captained by Sunil Chhetri.
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