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India vs China Asian Games 2023 Live scores and updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedSep 19, 2023 19:46 IST

The Indian national team will face China in their group-stage opener of the Asian Games 2023 on Tuesday, September 19.

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19:46 (IST)19 SEP 2023

That's all for the live coverage of India's opening clash against China in the Asian Games 2023. This is Sayantan signing off until the next time. 

19:44 (IST)19 SEP 2023

India's Asian Games 2023 debut ended in disappointment as they suffered a convincing 5-1 defeat to China at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou. The Red Dragons dominated the game from the start, exploiting India's frailties in the wide areas due to the absence of conventional full-backs in the lineup. Despite a valiant effort from Indian goalkeeper Gurmeet Singh, China took the lead in the 17th minute with Tianyi Gao scoring the competition's first goal.India showed glimpses of promise, with captain Sunil Chhetri coming close to a spectacular goal. 

Gurmeet Singh also redeemed himself by saving a penalty, and Rahul KP leveled the proceedings right before the half-time break. But China continued to assert their dominance, scoring four goals in the second half as India's defense faltered and fatigue set in. Despite the heavy defeat, India's coach Igor Stimac can be optimistic about their chances in the upcoming matches against Bangladesh and Myanmar as they aim to progress in the tournament.

19:32 (IST)19 SEP 2023

Read the match report for the clash here.

18:57 (IST)19 SEP 2023

FULL-TIME: CHINA 5-1 INDIA

18:57 (IST)19 SEP 2023

90+3' GOOALLL!

Fang Hao who has been incredibly effective since coming on, makes it 5-0 for China with a strike replicating Rahul KP's from the first half.

18:53 (IST)19 SEP 2023

90' Four minutes of additional time remaining. 

18:52 (IST)19 SEP 2023

90' Rohit Danu threads an inch-perfect through ball to set up Vincy Barretto, but the latter's effort is blocked by a crunching challenge from a Chinese defender.

18:49 (IST)19 SEP 2023

85' Double change for India: Rohit Danu and Samuel Kynshi replace Sunil Chhetri and Amarjit Singh Kiyam.

18:44 (IST)19 SEP 2023

81' Another chance falls China's way but Tao, who's on a hattrick, miscues the volleyed effort.

18:40 (IST)19 SEP 2023

75' THE FLOODGATES HAVE OPENED UP!

It's brutal out there for the Blue Tigers. The warm, humid conditions aren't helping the situation and fatigue has been settling in. Jhingan was robbed out of possession by Fang Hao before he placed the ball for Qianglong to smash home. 

18:37 (IST)19 SEP 2023

74' China strikes the post!

It's complete shambles at the back for India and amidst a flurry of Chinese efforts, one strikes the post. 

18:35 (IST)19 SEP 2023

72' CHINA ARE RUNNING AWAY NOW!

The Blue Tigers allow enough room for Haijian Wang to take a crack from a distance but Gurmeet managed to parry away the initial effort. However, Qianglong Tao was perfectly positioned to tuck home their third goal of the night. 

It's 3-1 now and India have looked completely out of depth in the second half. 

18:31 (IST)19 SEP 2023

69' A corner for India but Rahul KP's delivery is undercooked as it is comfortably booted away by the Chinese defenders. 

18:27 (IST)19 SEP 2023

65' The lack of practice before playing the all-important fixture is becoming evident every passing minute. It's Sumit Rathi who has gone down now. 

18:20 (IST)19 SEP 2023

60' SUBSTITUTION: Vincy Barretto comes on for Bryce Miranda. 

18:20 (IST)19 SEP 2023

59' Ayush Dev Chhetri has been booked for a late challenge on an opposition attacker. 

18:19 (IST)19 SEP 2023

58' Bryce Miranda has gone down now with what seems like a cramp. It isn't a surprise given the shift he has put in so far in the warm conditions. 

18:17 (IST)19 SEP 2023

54' How does Igor Stimac react now? Does he make his planned substitutions in advance? React to the goal or continue with the approach his current lineup is taking? 

18:15 (IST)19 SEP 2023

51' CHINA BACK IN THE LEAD!

The Indian defenders are caught napping once again as they fail to pressure Weijung Dai, who had acres of space just outside the box. The midfielder selected a favorable shooting angle and struck a vicious low strike, beating Gurmeet on the far post. The hosts reclaim the lead and India have only themselves to blame.  

18:13 (IST)19 SEP 2023

49' HIGH AND WIDE!

Another half-chance falls India's way after a resilient run from Bryce Miranda. The winger set up skipper Sunil Chhetri, but the veteran forward's effort was skywards. 

18:09 (IST)19 SEP 2023

47' China string a few passes together before Yang Liu drills in a delicious cross into the Indian box, but his overcooked. 

18:07 (IST)19 SEP 2023

46' SECOND-HALF UNDERWAY!

The Blue Tigers get the ball rolling.

18:05 (IST)19 SEP 2023

HALF-TIME: CHINA 1-1 INDIA

Returning to the Asian Games 2023 after a nine-year hiatus, India's first half was an emotional rollercoaster. After conceding an early goal in the 17th minute, the Blue Tigers looked in shambles. Soon after Gurmeet Singh gave away a penalty, but the custodian salvaged his error with a stunning penalty save. The moment ignited the ill-prepared Indian outfit as they started to create some half-chances.

However, it was right before the half-time break that a stunning strike from Rahul KP restored parity in the most unlikely circumstances. 

17:50 (IST)19 SEP 2023

45+2' GOOOOOAAAALLLL!

Maicon would be proud! Super proud. Rahul KP races down the right flank and for a moment it seems like he might have squandered the shooting angle. But for an improbable angle, the Kerala Blasters winger whipped a low effort that bamboozled the Chinese custodian and crept into the net after kissing the second post. 

The parity has been restored and completely against the run of play. Without even a minute of per-match training and plenty of uncertainty, no one would've hoped for a similar scoreline at half-time. But it is happening.

17:46 (IST)19 SEP 2023

45' Three minutes of injury time added on!

17:41 (IST)19 SEP 2023

39' A neat delivery from the corner and Gurmeet Singh spills a regulation catch. However, there were no opposition attackers to pounce on the loose ball and the Indian shot-stopper managed to latch on to it on the second try. 

17:38 (IST)19 SEP 2023

35' India have shown some intent, pressing high up the pitch but China have been able to comfortably play out from the back. 

17:30 (IST)19 SEP 2023

28' India have looked a lot more proactive since the penalty save from Gurmeet. A few half-chances have gone their way so far but Stimac's men will need to be far more cohesive in the middle of the park. A wild effort from Rahim Ali is the best the visitors have to show for all their initiative so far. 

17:27 (IST)19 SEP 2023

24' PENALTY SAVED!

Gurmeet Singh salvages himself as he denies Chinese skipper Zhu Chenjie from the spot. This might be the moment of inspiration the Blue Tigers needed.

17:26 (IST)19 SEP 2023

23' PENALTY FOR CHINA!

Ayush Dev Chhetri plays a loose back pass and Gurmeet Singh is forced to rush out of the box, bringing down Tan Long while doing so. The referee points to the spot immediately. 

17:23 (IST)19 SEP 2023

17' GOOOAALLL!

After complete domination by the Red Dragons, India's resilient defense is finally breached as Gao Tianyi breaks the deadlock. From a corner situation, Gao pumps home the first goal of the night from inside the six-yard box. 

17:20 (IST)19 SEP 2023

1' KICK-OFF!

China to get us underway in this Group A encounter.

17:19 (IST)19 SEP 2023

China XI: Han Jiaqi (GK), Liu Yang, Jiang Shenlong, Zhu Chenjie (C), Wang Zhenao, Xu Haoyang, Wang Haijian, Gao Tianyi, Tao Qianglong, Dai Weijun, Tan Long

17:19 (IST)19 SEP 2023

India XI: Gurmeet (GK), Lalchungnunga, Sandesh Jhingan, Ayush Dev Chhetri, Sumit Rathi, Amarjit Singh, Rahim Ali, Rahul KP, Sunil Chhetri (C), Bryce Miranda, Abdul Anjukandan

17:18 (IST)19 SEP 2023

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17:17 (IST)19 SEP 2023

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the Indian men's football team's opening clash in the Asian Games 2023 against heavyweights China. This is Sayantan and I'll be taking you through the encounter that will unravel at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China.
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