The seven-time champions paid the price for not creating enough chances and losing them against the 98 places below them in the FIFA rankings of the Sri Lankan team.
India delivered another disappointing performance when, despite a dominant performance in their second SAFF championship game on Thursday in Male, Maldives, they drew a goalless draw with Sri Lanka in 205th place. (More soccer news)
The seven-time champions paid the price for not creating enough chances and for losing them against the 98 places below them in the FIFA rankings of the Sri Lankan team.
Despite having the lion’s share of possession the Indians in 107th place were ineffective after the standard situations and could not do much against their opponents, who only have five countries under themselves in a 210-team table.
The full-fledged team of Igor Stimac is still looking after winning two games. They drew 1-1 in the opening game against 10-man Bangladesh on Monday, which put Stimac under pressure.
India could lose or draw against current leaders Nepal (six points) on Sunday make it difficult to qualify for the final. The two best teams in the Round Robin League will qualify for the final on October 16. India made three changes to the previous game in the starting XI: Seriton Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai replaced Chinglensana Singh and Pritam Kotal in the defense and Suresh Singh came in for Manvir Singh.
The team from Stimac controlled the game from the start, the Sri Lankans had little chance of the Indian goal, but the strikers, led by captain Sunil Chhetri, could The best chance of the first half came in the 22nd minute, but Liston Colaco’s header after a nice cross from Udanta Singh’s right flank sailed over the bar.
India pushed continued on a goal, but couldn’t put any pressure on the opposing defense in the remaining half of the first half.
In the 60th minute Dessai flashed a flat cross over the face of the Sri Lankan goal es and Anirudh Thapa just have to score but he couldn’t get the ball.
With Sri Lanka defending in their own half, the Indians pushed more men on the offensive to score the elusive goal, but at the same time Their frustration also increased as the minute passed.
Stimac was booked for the dispute with the referee as the frustration was clearly written on the Croatian coach’s face.
India missed a one-off two minutes before regular time Opportunity to steal a winner. A Yasir overtaking corner was taken at the short post by Chhetri and the ball landed on the long post to Subhasish Bose.
It took a simple tap-in from Bose, but he shot it over the bar and Sri Lanka escaped to one Tie.
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