India vs Syria, AFC U-23 Championship qualifier, As it happened

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 19, 2017 21:32 IST

India 0-2 Syria, Full Time


21:32 (IST)19 JUL 2017

It was a pleasure covering the game for you. Join us again on Friday as Ind look to turn things around.

This was Souvik Roy Chowdhury. Till then. Goodbye and goodnight.

21:30 (IST)19 JUL 2017

However, it won't be easy with the hosts Qatar and Turkmenistan in their group.

They next play Qatar on the 21st of July at 10:30 pm

21:27 (IST)19 JUL 2017

A not so bright so start for India in the U23 AFC Championship Qualifying campaign for India. Hopefully they can turn things around.

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And that's it!

The final whistle blows. And both the teams on their knees.

India after giving their all and Syria in prayers.

21:20 (IST)19 JUL 2017

95' -  IND throwing the kitchen sink now but missing badly.

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And in the last minutes, Mohamed Srour - the scorer of the first goal is yellow carded for delaying the game before he is substituted.

21:19 (IST)19 JUL 2017

90+2' - Syria break down the left and Muhtadi with another crack on goal. 

Deflected and wide there.

21:18 (IST)19 JUL 2017

91' - To their credit the Indian boys are not giving this up till the last second.

Into five minutes of added on time.

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90' - The answer I am afraid is no. 

Nandhakumar drives his laces through it. But that is way off the mark. Flies off target.

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89' - IND with a FK in a dangerous area!

Any late dramas?

21:15 (IST)19 JUL 2017

88' -  GOAL!

And that should be the final nail in the coffin. 

To the back post and an unmarked Arnaout heads it back across goal and the India net ripples for the second time.

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88' - SYR taking their time and understandably so.

21:13 (IST)19 JUL 2017

87' -  Another yellow.

This time it is Jerry. 

But was it really? Crunching tackle but he got all ball there.

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86' - Good footwork from Nishu Kumar there.

But then gives the ball away as the look to play a risky pass.

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85' - IND desperately looking for a goal here. Last few minutes to go.

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84' -  A couple of players being attended to in the middle as precious seconds go off the clock.

21:10 (IST)19 JUL 2017

83' -  BLOCKED!

Good play in the middle. And that goes out to Poojary on the right who crosses it in. The clearance falls to German whose long ranger is blocked.

21:08 (IST)19 JUL 2017

82' -  IND with  a FK and that is floated in but SYR clear.

21:07 (IST)19 JUL 2017

Sarthak Golui and Robinson Singh in for Lalruatthara and Anirudh Thapa

21:06 (IST)19 JUL 2017

80' - Srour is down at the moment as another Syrian players landed on him.

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79' - Nandhakumar down the left charges and puts a ball in. But that is too easy for the keeper.

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78' - Ball in and Kaith makes his first mistake of the game.

Was in no man's land as he came in to clear.

Ball finally goes to Muhtadi but he is flagged offside.

21:04 (IST)19 JUL 2017

77' - LUCKY!

Lalruatthara is really lucky there not to get a second yellow. He had pulled Muhtadi's shirt. 

But the ref lets him go.

21:03 (IST)19 JUL 2017

76' -  Great work from Hitesh to close down the SYR defenders. 

But gives away a foul.

21:03 (IST)19 JUL 2017

75' - IND clear again and look for an outlet through Nikhil Poojary down the right.

But German's ball is overhit.

21:02 (IST)19 JUL 2017

74' - Beautiful play from the Syrian skipper in the middle to relieve the pressure there just as IND was putting the midfield under some real test.

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73' - Jerry with a ball down the line and Hitesh is making a nuisance of himself there.

20:59 (IST)19 JUL 2017

72' - IND look a little more energised as they look for the equaliser.

20:58 (IST)19 JUL 2017

72' - IND with a change and Daniel is being brought off and Hitesh Sharma is brought on.

20:57 (IST)19 JUL 2017

71' - Risky ball to Lalruatthara from Kaith who is forced to come 30 yards out from his line. 

The Indian skipper is stretched but he gets the ball deflected and away for a throw in.

20:56 (IST)19 JUL 2017

70' - IND get the ball back now.

But Manvir on the left can't keep that in.

20:55 (IST)19 JUL 2017

69' - Game is back on and India with a good interception. 

Play it out wide to the right. Poojary to Nishu and then they go further back. And finally lose the ball with a bad pass from German.

20:54 (IST)19 JUL 2017

68' - Game is stopped as that tackle seems to have hurt the defender there.

20:53 (IST)19 JUL 2017

67' -  IND look to charge forward and Manvir Singh takes the ball into him well and has to race the Syrian defender.

Good header forward but the defender comes back with a great tackle.

20:51 (IST)19 JUL 2017

66' - Good steal in the middle by Anirudh Thapa. But that's a faulty pass.

20:50 (IST)19 JUL 2017


Syria with the goal and this was coming. Great ball to get Srour past Jerry on the right. 

He gets there and lobs Vishal Kaith. Salam Ranjan got his foot the ball but that wasn't enough.

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63' - MISS!

Another miss. Another sitter. Again Muhtadi.

Great cross from the right and all he had to do was nod that in.

The Indian goal is living a charmed life.

20:48 (IST)19 JUL 2017

62' -  IND try to play their way ut of the back from the left but Jerry and Nandhakumar can't get the job done. 

SYR on the attack again.

20:47 (IST)19 JUL 2017

61' -  OFFSIDE!

SYR look to break through the lines but they are flagged off. The 4th time this game.

20:46 (IST)19 JUL 2017

60' -  SYR with their first change.

20:46 (IST)19 JUL 2017

59' - Another yellow!

Second in as many minutes.

Nishu Kumar this time pulls back his man this time as he looked to break. Cynical and rightfully booked.

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58' - The FK is straight at Kaith though. Easily gathered.

20:44 (IST)19 JUL 2017

58' -  Another crunching challenge from Lalruatthara. But not a clean one and that is one too many for the refs liking.


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57' - A long ranger from about 30 yards out from Almarmour.

But that is over the bar and Kaith lets it go.

20:42 (IST)19 JUL 2017

56' - SYR charge down the right but Kaith again gets to the ball first.

20:42 (IST)19 JUL 2017

55' - Nandhakumar is fouled and IND can get a bit of relief.

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At the back post but they can't keep it on target.

20:40 (IST)19 JUL 2017

54' - Syria coming back into the game and they have a corner.

20:40 (IST)19 JUL 2017

53' - SHOT!

Comes in from the SYR left. But at Kaith and he makes another save.

20:39 (IST)19 JUL 2017

52' - Lalruatthara with a heavy tackle and IND again on the back foot.
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