With no goals in the second half, it was a gruelling test for both defenses and the two outstanding keepers. Both can leave the field with their heads held high. Jordan made a good fightback making India really fight for their win. They came back strong in the second half and would have definitely scored, if not for the heroics of Jongte under the crossbar. In a nutshell, it was an extremely entertaining match for the neutrals with both teams going at it from the word go and not holding back at all. Well done India for holding on despite those swathes of Jordan pressure.
66' Jordan with free-kick deep in the Indian half. This is something straight from the training grounds. The ball instead of being put into the box, is laid off for the onrushing Jordan player just outside the box. He however does not hit it first time and the defenders can converge on him forcing his shot wide.
52' A big chance missed by India. Sailo is denied by the Jordan keeper who makes another good save to keep his team in the match. Sailo gets his shot off quickly and it's destined for the back of the net, till it's pushed away by the fingertips of the keeper.
The scoreline reads 2-1, in favour of India. Bibiano has organised his troops well with good planning and that is being in the play of his team. Despite getting dealt a bad hand early and conceding an early goal, India held their nerves and put on a good performance ensuring that they did not go further behind and in fact scored twice to take the lead. Jordan had a good chance in the match, after they got an early lead. However as the game progressed, they seemed to succumb to the increasing pressure of the well-organised Indian team. They lost their nerve and the scoreline reflects that. It will be a test of their character when they come out in the second half, to see whether they can bounce back from this like India did.
42' India get a free-kick deep in the Jordan half. The ball is put into the box, but Jordan come out with the ball on the counter, with pace. The reach the Indian box, but the final shot is wide of the post.
26' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's that young man again. Ridge with another cool finish as he suddenly finds the ball at his feet, with the first shot having bounced off the keeper and he coolly puts it into the empty net. It's India now with the advantage.
17' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ridge with a calm finish past the keeper after Vikram feeds the ball to him. We are back on level pegging.