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

India produced yet one more disappointing efficiency as they had been held to a goalless draw by 205th ranked Sri Lanka regardless of a dominant show of their second SAFF Championships match right here on Thursday.

The seven-time champions paid the value of not creating sufficient possibilities and losing these they bought towards a Sri Lankan facet 98 locations under them within the FIFA rankings.

Although they’ve a lion’s share of the ball possession, the 107th-ranked Indians had been ineffective from the set-pieces and did don’t a lot in open play both towards their opponents, who solely have 5 international locations ranked under them in a 210-team desk.

Igor Stimac’s full-strength group remains to be trying to find a win in two matches. They’ve drawn towards 10-man Bangladesh 1-1 of their opening match on Monday, that has put stress on Stimac.

A loss or a draw towards present desk toppers Nepal (six factors) on Sunday could make India troublesome to qualify for the ultimate. The highest two groups from the round-robin league qualify for the ultimate to be performed on October 16.

India made three modifications from the earlier match beginning eleven with Seriton Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai changing Chinglensana Singh and Pritam Kotal within the defence and Suresh Singh coming in for Manvir Singh upfront.

Stimac’s facet managed the match from the very starting with the Sri Lankans barely any probability on the Indian aim however in some way the forwards, led by captain Sunil Chhetri, couldn’t bulge the opposition web.

Chhetri himself couldn’t do a lot on the day.

The perfect probability of the primary half got here within the 22nd minute however Liston Colaco’s free header from a pleasant cross from the proper flank by Udanta Singh sailed over the bar.

India stored on urgent for a aim however didn’t put any actual stress on the opposition defence within the remaining interval of the primary half.

The second half noticed Stimac taking off Suresh and bringing in Mohd. Yasir.

Within the 60th minute, Dessai flashed a low cross throughout the face of the Sri Lankan aim and Anirudh Thapa has solely to hook up with rating, however he couldn’t attain to the ball.

With Sri Lanka defending in their very own half, the Indians pressed extra males upfront for the elusive aim however on the identical time their frustration additionally stored on rising with passing minute.

Stimac was booked for arguing with the referee as frustration clearly writ giant on the face of the Croatian coach.

India missed a golden alternative to steal a winner two minutes earlier than regulation time. An inswinging Yasir nook was flicked on on the close to submit by Chhetri and the ball discovered its option to Subhasish Bose on the far submit.

It wanted a easy tap-in from Bose however he blazed it over the bar and Sri Lanka escaped to a draw.

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