A penalty save from goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, and Rahul Bheke’s first worldwide purpose couldn’t stop the Indian staff from a 2-1 loss in opposition to Bahrain n the worldwide pleasant, in Manama Metropolis on Wednesday. Objectives from Mohamed Hardan and Mahdi Humaidan sealed the deal for Bahrain.
This was a landmark match for the Indians, the place as many as 5 gamers made their worldwide debuts. Whereas coach Igor Stimac named VP Suhair and Danish Farooq within the beginning record, Naorem Roshan Singh, Aniket Jadhav, and Anwar Ali got here on the sphere within the second half.
It began with the world no.89 aspect, Bahrain dominating the proceedings within the first half, as they earned a penalty in simply the sixth minute. However goalkeeper Sandhu anticipated Mahdi Humaidan’s spot-kick appropriately and saved a purpose for his aspect.
That didn’t cease Bahrain from attacking the Indian purpose put up, as 12 minutes later Mahroon’s shot crashed off the bar. There was a rebound by Humaidan, however the ball sailed over the cross-bars. India, in the direction of the top of the primary half did have a shot on the purpose, when Manvir Singh met Rahim Ali’s cross, however the header by the previous was a bit wayward.
A couple of minutes later, Bahrain did handle to attain, as Mahroon floated the ball to Mohamed within the field, and the latter was in a position to rating lastly. After half-time, Stimac introduced Roshan Singh instead of Liston Colaco, and the transfer virtually immediately paid dividends because the debutant almost scored together with his first contact, as he tried to web Rahim’s cross. However quickly after, Bheke scored for India by a nook, within the 56th minute.
Later, the match-winner got here within the 88th minute, as Humaidan made amends to his penalty miss and scored the winner for his staff.
India subsequent play Belarus in one other worldwide soccer pleasant on March 26.
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