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India vs Kuwait SAFF Championship 2023 LIVE Updates and Score

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJun 27, 2023 21:44 IST

India will square off against Kuwait in their final group-stage match in the SAFF Championship 2023 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Tuesday.

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21:44 (IST)27 JUN 2023

That's all for Sportskeeda's coverage of the drama-filled clash between India and Kuwait in the final group-stage match of the SAFF Championship 2023. This is Sayantan and I hope to see you return for the knockout stages that promise to be blockbuster.

21:39 (IST)27 JUN 2023

After 90 minutes and a little more of the all-encompassing action, India had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Kuwait and walk away with only a second spot in Group A. 

The initial phase of the match was scrappy and none of the sides could string together any substantial threats. The first talking point of the match arrived in the 25th minute when Abdullah found the back of the net for the visitors but the referee ruled it for a foul in the build-up to the goal. However, right at the end of the first half, Sunil Chhetri turned savior once again with an inch-perfect side volley to put the Blue Tigers ahead.

India seemingly started on the front foot after the break but things went north as soon as the tempers started rising in the middle and on the sidelines. Head coach Igor Stimac was shown a second yellow for his continuous protests, collecting his second consecutive red card. More drama awaited the onlookers as a scuffle broke out in the middle just as the game was nearing the end of regulation time. Rahim Ali and Al Qallaf were both shown red cards and given marching orders. 

The Blue Waves utilized the chaos to strike in the 92nd minute and they were aided by Anwar Ali, who unluckily deflected the ball into his own net. 

21:28 (IST)27 JUN 2023

FULL-TIME: India 1-1 Kuwait

21:27 (IST)27 JUN 2023

90+4' IND 1-1 KUW

If the scoreline remains the same till the final whistle, Kuwait will top Group A while India will finish second in the standings. 

21:23 (IST)27 JUN 2023

90+2' INDIA HAVE CONCEDED!

All the focus had been shifted to the brawls on the pitch and the Blue Tigers have conceded in the death as Anwar Ali steered a cross from Abdullah Albloushi into his own net. Kuwait have crawled back into the match and the scores are level now!

21:21 (IST)27 JUN 2023

90' Eight minutes of additional time to be played!

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90' More red cards coming your way!

Both Rahim Ali and Alqallaf have been given the marching orders after a scuffle broke out in the middle. 

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83' More changes for India: Chhangte and Chhetri make way for Udanta and Rahim Ali.

21:14 (IST)27 JUN 2023

82' Igor Stimac has been collecting red cards like Infinity stones. 

Hopefully, his absence from the sidelines will not have a major impact on India's performance.

21:13 (IST)27 JUN 2023

81' A second consecutive red card for Igor Stimac!

The fourth official complained to the referee about the antics of the Croatian tactician on the sidelines and he's shown a second yellow. Although Stimac continues to protest, he's given the marching orders. He'll definitely miss the semi-final but it remains to be seen if he faces any further consequences. 


21:08 (IST)27 JUN 2023

77' A crucial block from Jhingan!

After playing a few swift passes in the opposition half, Kuwait goes through on the Indian goal and tries to have a bite at the cherry. But Sandesh Jhingan steps in with a crucial challenge on Alotaibi inside his own box. There's the reason why India have been able to collect one cleansheet after another.

21:06 (IST)27 JUN 2023

69' Jeakson comes close! 

The ball is first won by Chhetri in the air, who then passes it to Jeakson, whose shot is deflected for a corner. The delivery from Chhangte is flawless, allowing Jeakson to make the ideal contact, but his header flies wide. 

20:59 (IST)27 JUN 2023

65' Double change for Kuwait: Al-Rashidi and Abujabarah make way for Ayedh and Faneni.

20:58 (IST)27 JUN 2023

63' The tempers are flaring in the middle and Igor Stimac, who just returned from a one-game ban, is in the middle of it all. The referee shows him a yellow card for his protests. 

20:53 (IST)27 JUN 2023

61' Both Anirudh and Ashique had a considerably poor outing throughout the night. Although the midfielder provided the assist for Chhetri's goal, he misplaced a couple of passes. Ashique too fumbled often during the attacking phases.

20:50 (IST)27 JUN 2023

60' Double change for India: Anirudh Thapa making way for Rohit Kumar and Ashique Kuruniyan is replaced by Sahal Abdul Samad.

20:48 (IST)27 JUN 2023

51' Net football from India! 

Ashique's cross initially falls short of Mahesh, but he manages to keep it alive. His cross from the right eludes Chhetri in the centre but finds Ashique on the left flank, whose volley just clears the crossbar. In the opening moments of the second half, India has made all the plays, which is a promising start.

20:39 (IST)27 JUN 2023

47' Stimac switches around things!

Lallianzuala Chhangte has been getting no rewards down the right flank, hence the Croatian gaffer has opted to deputize Mahesh down the right and Chhangte down the left in the second half.

20:35 (IST)27 JUN 2023

46' THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

Kuwait gets the ball rolling and they'll be hoping to claw back into the game. 

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20:21 (IST)27 JUN 2023

Half-time: India 1-0 Kuwait

20:21 (IST)27 JUN 2023

45+2' GOOOOAAAALLLL!

It could only be him. Only him. Sunil Chhetri races to his 92nd international goal as he thumps home Anirudh Thapa's corner delivery with an inch-perfect side volley to beat Marzouq between the sticks. The Blue Tigers lead and they have one man to thank for the same.

20:16 (IST)27 JUN 2023

45' Three minutes of additional time to be played at the end of the first-half. 

20:15 (IST)27 JUN 2023

40' India just haven't been able to utilize their superiority on the flanks against this resolute Kuwait defense. Midfielders Al-Fahad and Abujabara have done brilliantly to support their full-backs.

20:10 (IST)27 JUN 2023

35' India's first real chance of the night!

Anirudh Thapa delivers a delicious cross into the box and Anwar Ali rises the highest to reach it. But the header is wide of the target.

20:05 (IST)27 JUN 2023

34' Mahesh Singh, who has been India's most potent option, once again breaks the offside trap and gets through down the left flank. But the winger's drilled cross into the box is cleared by a Kuwait defender.

20:04 (IST)27 JUN 2023

32' India have been given away possession through unforced errors on multiple occasions. The visitors are clearly on top here and every unlucky to have not troubled the scoreline so far!

20:01 (IST)27 JUN 2023

27' UPDATE: Apparently, in the previous move, the ball did end up in the net but the referee disallowed the goal for an earlier foul. Hence, the Kuwait players were protesting in numbers.

19:59 (IST)27 JUN 2023

25' India will have to thank all their old gods and the new!

A perfectly weighted through ball from Al-Khaldi from the edge of the box found Abdullah completely through on goal. However, the latter's effort struck Amrinder and thumped into the side-netting. The Blue Tigers completely rattled during that period. 

The Kuwait coach has been cautioned for protesting a decision.

19:54 (IST)27 JUN 2023

23' India have been able to carve open the West Asian outfit on multiple occasions but the offside flag hasn't been their biggest supporter so far. The Blue Tigers need to time their runs better and improve the weight on their final passes. 

19:52 (IST)27 JUN 2023

20' After Lallianzuala Chhangte's threatening ball is cleared by a Kuwait defender, the Blue Wave string together a substantial attack of their own with some silky passing. Al-Khaldi finds himself with the possession outside the Indian box and after his first effort is blocked, he lashes out the rebound for a second attempt. But the effort flies high of Amrinder's goal. 

19:49 (IST)27 JUN 2023

16' India have had a slight edge in terms of possession so far, however, neither team has managed to test their opposition goalkeepers. 

19:48 (IST)27 JUN 2023

14' FIRST YELLOW CARD OF THE NIGHT!

Sandesh Jhingan goes into the referee's books for a rash challenge in his own half. 

19:45 (IST)27 JUN 2023

11' So far, it's been a scruffy affair in the middle of the park. Some unnecessary challenges have been flying in, coupled with some misplaced passes from both outfits. 

19:40 (IST)27 JUN 2023

6' Fluid passing from India!

Igor Stimac's men combine a few swift passes together on the ground and Mahesh finds himself with possession on the left flank. He feeds Akash Mishra through on the overlap and later's cross is dangerously hooved into the box. But the ball evades Chhetri at the far post. 

19:37 (IST)27 JUN 2023

3' First substantial threat for India to handle!

A long diagonal ball finds Abdullah, who sneaked in behind Jhingan and Poojary, inside the Indian box. The Kuwait forward volleys it the first time with the left foot but his effort flies over his crossbar.

19:34 (IST)27 JUN 2023

2' Some early possession for the visitors, however, nothing fruitful comes through the boot of Hamad Alqallaf.

19:32 (IST)27 JUN 2023

1' KICK-OFF!

Amid scattered crowd in the Sree Kanteerava, India get the ball rolling as the referee blows the first whistle of the game.

19:31 (IST)27 JUN 2023

The teams are out in the middle for the national anthems and the kick-off is just around the corner.

19:21 (IST)27 JUN 2023

Read about the three key battles that can determine the outcome of the clash between India and Kuwait HERE.

19:15 (IST)27 JUN 2023

The lineups are out and HERE is all you need to about the changes in India's starting XI.

19:10 (IST)27 JUN 2023

Kuwait XI: Abdulrahman Marzouq, Ahmed Aldhefeery, Hasan Alanezi, Sultan Alanezi, Mohammad Abdullah, Shabaib Alkhaldi, Eid Alrashidi, Hamad Alharbi, Abdullah Fahad, Redha Abujabarah, Hamad Alqallaf

19:10 (IST)27 JUN 2023

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India XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra, Nikhil Poojary, Anirudh Thapa, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Jeakson Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri.

19:07 (IST)27 JUN 2023

THE LINEUPS ARE OUT!

19:07 (IST)27 JUN 2023

India will host Kuwait in their third and final group-stage match of the SAFF Championship 2023 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Both teams have already secured a berth in the semi-finals, however, Sunil Chhetri and co. need more than a draw to secure the top spot in Group A.

So far, the Blue Tigers have negated threats from arch-rivals Pakistan (4-0) in their opener and then Nepal (0-2), runners-up of the 2021 edition, in the second round. But the Blue Wave will be the sternest test for Igor Stimac's men yet.

The 143rd-ranked side dished out a 3-1 defeat to Nepal before storming to a 4-0 victory against Pakistan. Currently, they are at the top of Group A based on goals scored and are already through to the knockouts.

At the senior level, India has faced Kuwait three times, winning just once and losing the other two times. The previous encounter between the two teams took place in an international friendly in Abu Dhabi in 2010, where India lost 1-9. The Blue Tigers only triumphed over the West Asians once, a 3-2 friendly victory in Kuwait City in 2004.​
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