That's that then. India lose 5-2 to North Korea in their second game. India are winless after two and have a goal difference of negative 5.
- FULL-TIME: India 2-5 North Korea
- GOAL!! India 2-5 North Korea
- GOAL!! India 2-4 North Korea
- GOAL!! India 1-4 North Korea
- Another substitution for India
- GOAL!! India 1-3 North Korea
- Substitution for India
- GOAL!! India 0-3 North Korea
- GOAL!! India 0-2 North Korea
- GOAL!! India 0-1 North Korea
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- Captain Speaks
Sunil Chhetri, who scored two goals in India's 2-4 loss in the opening game against Tajikistan, said that the whole team was working hard to bounce back from the defeat and stressed on the importance of keeping calm. "We need to learn from all the mistakes in the Tajikistan game and try to rectify them as much as possible. Individually, as well as collectively, we are all working hard on that. The most important thing is to keep calm and put your head down and work," he said.
Amrinder tries his best but North Korea score again! Game, set and match this.
India are creating chances but just not being able to get the goal.
86' @AnirudhThapa tries to play a one-two with @chetrisunil11 in an attempt to go onto 🥅. But @chetrisunil11's pass is a bit too much as is swept up by the Korean custodian. 😕— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
🇮🇳 IND 2-4 🇰🇵 PRK #INDPRK ⚔ #BackTheBlue 💙 #HeroIC 🏆 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/Lkcr5Qh534
Sahal Abdul Samad. Remember the name,
The Indian mid-fielder dances past two North Korean defenders... his strike though is just wide.
78' A good attacking spell for 🇮🇳. Abdul Sahal cuts two opponents but his shot goes wide of the 🥅, followed by an @AnirudhThapa attempt which was brilliantly saved.— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
🇮🇳 IND 2-4 🇰🇵 PRK #INDPRK ⚔ #BackTheBlue 💙 #HeroIC 🏆 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/j6HOCfpeCc
Lallianzuala Chhangte gets one back for India. What a finish from the Indian. What a play from the hosts, as the players hunt down the North Koreans.
The one-touch pass and the quick movement off the ball, all topped off by a brilliant finish. More of this please...
51' GOAL! Lallianzuala Chhangte buries the ⚽️ into the back of the 🥅 after @chetrisunil11 finds him with a decent pass. COMEBACK 🔛— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
🇮🇳 IND 1-3 🇰🇵 PRK#INDPRK ⚔ #BackTheBlue 💙 #HeroIC 🏆 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/RiPSpUVoyI
The second-half begins, as India make two changes. Udanta and Chhangte come in for Brandon and Mavir. A lot of work to be done for the home side...
Two goals from Jong Il Gwan and one from Sim Hyon Ji means the hosts are behind going at the half-way mark. North Korea leads India 3-0.
Jong Il Gwan goes for the far corner from a free-kick after Adil Khan conceded a foul just outside the penalty box. Amrinder Singh though palms the ball away from danger.
Jong Il Gwan Scores Again! The North Korea skipper rises high and heads it into the back of the net. No marking and the player gets a free header inside the box and that too from open play. India's defending tonight is leaving a lot to be desired.
Will be needing more of this tonight...
25' SAVE! Amrinder Singh prevents Jong Il Gwan from making it 3-0 to DPR Korea with a splendid stop from a header!— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) July 13, 2019
IND 0 - 2 PRK#INDPRK #BackTheBlue #BlueTigers #IndianFootball #HeroIC pic.twitter.com/Twx1In7Sct
India's attacks have been few and far in between. The passing game introduced by Igor Stimac, mean that the lapses in defence and the miscalculations in attack will happen. All about getting used to it. But for now, India are yet to test the opposition keeper.
20' Jobby Justin is released down the left flank but astute defending 💪from the DPR Korea backline saves him going onto goal 🥅.— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
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Meanwhile, Adil Khan starts his warm-up in the aftermath of the goal! Udanta and Changte join him.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju greets the players as captain Sunil Chhetri introduces them.
📽 | @masefield2110 & @mehrajwadoo preview the @IndianFootball 🇮🇳 team's all-important #HeroIC fixture against DPR Korea 🇰🇵— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) July 13, 2019
Kick-off is a few minutes away make sure you tune into #INDPRK ⚽🐯#BackTheBlue #BlueTigers #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/V4ulMDExxr
The Indian football team arrives at the stadium. It is a must-win game for both India as well as North Korea. A win means staying alive in the Intercontinental Cu, while a loss would practically bring down curtains for either team.
IN: Amrinder, Kotal, Jhingan, Bose, Jerry L, Brandon, Rowllin, Manvir, Jobby
OUT: Gurpreet, Gahlot, Adil, Bheke, Mandar, Thapa, Sahal, Udanta, Chhangte
North Korea's Playing XI: Antae Song(GK); Kim Chol Bom, Ri Yong Chol, Han Thae Hyok, Jang Kuk Chol; Jong Il Gwan, Ri Un Il, Sim Hyon Jin, Hong Jin Song; Ri Un Chol, Ri Hyong Jin
"These are the games you have to target 🎯💪"@chetrisunil11 talks about the quality of opposition faced by the #BlueTigers 🐯 as they take on DPR Korea 🇰🇵 today. #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #HeroIC #INDPRK pic.twitter.com/EBAH5ndE6b— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Intercontinental Cup 2019 clash between India and North Korea from the EKA Arena in Ahmedabad.
India face North Korea in their second game of the Intercontinental Cup 2019 (Photo Credit: ISL/Twitter )
"No one else is going to help you, which means we have to pick ourselves up and give a good account of ourselves against DPR Korea to churn out a positive result," Chhetri said at the pre-match press conference.
18-year-old Amarjit Singh Kiyam, who was handed his senior team debut by coach Stimac at the King's Cup 2019 in Thailand, mentioned that the team is "extremely focused" and added that he hopes the fans will continue to support the team as they did in the previous encounter.
He said, "The whole team is extremely focused on the match against DPR Korea. What's done is done and we are not thinking about the loss to Tajikistan. We have been working hard so as to not repeat the mistakes we made. We want to play even better and I hope we get the support of the fans in the stadium once again."
3⃣ Hours to go ⏳
Wishes come pouring from the Women's Senior Team camp, as the #BlueTigers 🐯 get set to face DPR Korea 🇰🇵#INDPRK ⚔ #BackTheBlue 💙 #HeroIC 🏆 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/IQAbpXy25I
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
Centre-back Adil Khan, who made his comeback to the national team under coach Stimac, spoke about how there is a "healthy competition for places" in the side and that the main goal for the team is to do well in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
"Our ultimate aim is to do well in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The coach is looking at many players in the squad to settle on his best 11 and there is a good competition for places. For the match against DPR Korea, we are preparing well and know that we have to do our best," he said.
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