International friendly Highlights: India hold China to goalless draw

International friendly Highlights: India hold China to goalless draw

India vs China Highlights: India and China settled for a goalless draw in a football friendly match on Saturday in Suzhou.

India vs China Highlights: India held China to a goalles draw. (Express Photo by Karan Prashant Saxena)

India vs China Highlights: India held China to a goalless draw in a football friendly match on Saturday as the two sides played for the first time in 21 years in Suzhou. The two sides began well in front of a packed stadium but ended the first half goalless. Both the Asian teams created multiple opportunities and showed intent but could not convert their chances. India’s standout performer in the first half was captain Sandesh Jhingan, who warded off danger for the visitors by ensuring the Chinese attackers fail to convert. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was the visitors’ saviour in the second half.

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India vs China Football Highlights:


The International friendly match between India and China ends in a goalless draw. India had a couple of good chances against the hosts. On the other hand, the Chinese attack was handled well by the Indians with Gurpreet's acrobatic saves being the highlight of the friendly.

Farukh gets close to giving India lead

That was a BIG chance for India. Wonderful play by the visitors as Farukh Choudhary gets close to giving India the lead but the Chinese goalkeeper keeps it out with a hand touch. 

Added time

Five minutes of added time before the match comes to an end. Both sides have done well so far but there has not been any goals. 

China in attacking mode

China has gone into full attacking mode in the last five minutes of the match. They are making India pay for missed chances. The Indian defenders and the keeper in blue are the crucial elements of the match right now, with Gurpreet making one brilliant save after the other.


Vinit Rai comes on for Pronay Halder for India.

Brilliant save by Gurpreet

Another good save by Gurpreet keeps the scoreline level at 0-0 after 75 minutes. This was followed by major confusion inside the Indian penalty box with multiple attempts at the goal but Gurpreet was there to somehow keep it out. Gurpreet has been brilliant in this match and needs to be given the credit for keeping it clear for his side. 

China corner

Brilliant defence by India as China built up extremely well. That goes out for corner and the shot is directly collected by keeper Gurpreet. 

China's substitution

China's increased attacking initiatives in 1st quarter of 2nd half. China's Substitution IN-Liu (2)OUT-Yang(4) IN-Xiao (9)OUT-Dabao(22) and IN-Hai (21)OUT-Jingdao (30), IN-Hanchao (20), OUT-Wang(14)


After Gurpreet Singh Sandhu intervenes the Chinese attack and collects the ball. First Substitution for India as Anas Edathodika comes in for Narayan Das. That is followed by another substitution as Nikhil replaces Udanta

India lack finish

China got a free-kick but it goes above the bar. The Chinese continue to trouble the Indian defence. Meanwhile, Indian attackers are also struggling. It is the Indian midfield that has been able to control the ball well maintianing posession but the Men in Blue are lacking finish. Udanta takes the shot but it goes over the goal.

Chinese attack

The Chinese attack gets stronger. Two efforts inside the Indian penalty box and Gao Lin efforts end on the crossbar.. India just got lucky here or they would have been two goals down at the start of the second half. 

Second half

The second half between India and China is underway in Suzhou with the match level at 0-0. China begin well but Gurpreet wards off the Chinese attack. 

Half-time: India 0-0 China

It has been a goalless first half in Suzhou as the Chinese attackers test the Indian defence. Both sides showed intent, were awarded with and created multiple goal scoring opportunities and the Asian sides would be unhappy to not have made the most of it. 


After a great first-half saving defence by Jhingan, he costs India a foul on Yu Dabao and the home team have been given a free-kick. That is followed by a challenge from Subhasish Bose on the right flank.

Captain Jhingan at rescue

Halicharan does well, puts the ball in from the left corner but the Chinese keeper judges the kick well, jumps and collects it safely. China on counter attack.  Defender abd captain Jhingan ensures that the Chinese winger does not convert another attack.

Gurpreet wall

Goalkeeper Gurpreet does well to stick out his foot and make another crucial save 25 minutes into the match and it is still goalless. The Chinese attackers continue to test the Indian defence.

China free-kick

Anirudh Thapa commits a foul and China have been awarded a free-kick in a promising position. India playinig a neat passing game, mostly one-touch passing.

Free kick

Another close escape for India as China's effort fall directly in Gurpreet's hands. India on counter attack do well. A challenge on Sunil Chhetri by  Zhao Xuri gets India free-kick. 

India's first chance

It is getting difficult for India to control the ball, with China making the most of defensive errors by India. China miss the target, India now on the counter-attack.  Luckily for India, the rebound comes back to them, a good build up for the visitors but the ball gets deflected for a corner. India's first chance missed. 

China attack

China are playing an attacking game early in the match. Within the first ten minutes they have created multiple chances but nothing has susbsided, to the relief of the Men in Blue.


China make an attempt for the goal but it gets deflected for a corner. Indian keeper Gurpreet wards off the early danger. China try to build another attack five minutes into the game.

Match underway

India look for historic win against China. Match underway in Suzhou. India are in blue while China are in orange. 

Pre-match rituals

The players are on the field. The pre-match rituals are underway and the match is going to begin in a few minutes now. Crowds have come out in huge numbers to watch the match. 

Chhetri pre-match talk

Sunil Chhetri said before the match, "I’m happy that we are playing a team like China. It’s strange that we are playing them after so long. We should have played them more often. I’m very excited because they are a quality opponent and they have always been a respected side in Asia. To face them at their home is going to be a tough challenge but this is a challenge that we should face now. Our form away from home hasn’t been particularly very good. This is a great opportunity for us to take a good account of ourselves."

Stephen Constantine pre-match talk

India coach Stephen Constantine in the pre-match press conference: “I would like to thank Chinese Federation for their hospitality and warm reception that we have got since we have landed here. We have trained on it and the pitch is in super condition. We are all now looking forward to the match."

"Rome was not built in a day. Surely, we won’t get fooled by the recent results of the Chinese Team. They are a very good side as well as they have a great coach. I understand that everybody wants immediate result but it takes time to build the team. I think, Mr. Lippi is trying to do."

"We have a very good scouting system in India and we have found players which others couldn't scout. I always look for the young players. Yes, we can't substitute experience with the youngsters’ love for the game but we are trying to make a mix. The U23 team has performed quite well recently and it can be the perfect opportunity for them. Playing against China in the fantastic stadium would be a lesson for everyone."

Sandesh Jhingan pre-match talk

India captain for the friendly today Sandesh Jhingan said, "The conditions are ideal and it's going to be a crucial game for us before the Asian Cup. It’s really going to be a great football contest for all of us and the entire team is looking forward to it."

Marcelo Lippi pre-match talk

Experienced Italian Marcelo Lippi heads the Chinese national team. On the eve of the contest which will be seen by millions (hopefully), he said, "Indian football has witnessed a rapid development in recent years and we cannot ignore their effort and strength. As a result, we, of course, need to give great importance to them for tomorrow's match."

"We have to confront them as a team. I can't separate whether we need to put extra focus on any particular department of the Indian team", he further added, "Instead of keeping an extra eye on opponent key players, I would rather focus more on my own team's strengths."

Tim Cahill on Indian football team

“I am not going to compare the levels of the leagues because I have only been in India for a short space of time. I know that India have a big task ahead but they are definitely capable of getting a result if they are disciplined and are set up well,” Cahill was quoted as saying in a media release issued by ISL.

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Pep talk

Crucial talk before the big game by captain Jhingan

China Playing XI

CHINA XI: Yan Junling, Xuepeng, Xiaoting, Yang, Tong, Jingdao, Xuri, Xi, Lin, Lei, Dabao

Starting XI

India's Starting XI: Gurpreet Singh (GK), Narayan, Subashish, Sandesh (C), Pritam, Anirudh, Pronay, Halicharan, Udanta, Jeje, Sunil

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