India vs North Korea Football, Intercontinental Cup 2019 Highlights: India had made nine changes to their starting XI in their second match of the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019 vs North Korea at Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Saturday evening. Skipper Jong Gwan scored the first goal of the match from a free kick in the 8th minute to give DPR Korea the lead. Sim Jin got their second goal in the 16th minute to silence the stadium. In the 29th minute, Jong Gwan headed in a cross to make it 3-0 to the visitors. India started the second half brightly, with substitute Lallianzuala Chhangte scoring in the 50th minute. India ramped up their attacks after the first goal, but the Korean side scored against the run of play in the 63rd minute through Ri Chol to go 4-1 up. Sunil Chhetri got his feet to a cross in the 71st minute to make the score 4-2. Another goal against the run of play in injury time made the score 5-2 in the visitors’ favour.
India, Tajikistan, Syria and DPR Korea are the four teams playing this tournament. Syria are the highest ranked side, sitting 85th in the FIFA World Rankings, while India are 101st. The Tajiks are ranked 120th in the world while the North Koreans are ranked 122nd. The tournament will see all four teams facing each other in a round robin format before the top two teams taking on each other in a final to decide the winners of the second edition. The final is slated to be held on July 19.
India starting XI: Amrinder Singh; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Brandon Fernandes, Rowllin Borges; Manvir Singh, Jobby Justin; Sunil Chhetri
North Korea XI: Antae Song, Kim Chol Bom, Ri Yong Chol, Han Thae Hyok, Jang Kuk Chol; Jong Il Gwan, Ri Un Il, Sim Hyon Jin, Hong Jin Song; Ri Un Chol, Ri Hyong Jin
India lose against North Korea. 5-2 to the visitors. This ends India's hopes of finishing in the top two. They have gone down to two consecutive defeats now. An excellent second half from India's young turks though. They threatened the Korean goal almost every five minutes in the second half but the three goal deficit was too much to come back from.
DPR Korea get a fifth
India's defence was stretched thin again and again the Korean side capitalize. 5-2 to them now. So we're not having identical scorelines in the two India matches.
Tale of two halves
India have played an insipid first half and an electrifying second half today. Against Tajikistan, it was exactly the opposite. Wonder how they shall field their XI in their last match against Syria.
Thapa and Chhetri almost combine to perfection
A clever one-two, a dummy -that move had everything except the final touch at the end of it. Second later, Chhetri caught offside by an yard. Would have been open on goal had that been onside. India pushing and pushing hard!
Chhangte's cross collected by keeper again
Chhetri finds Chhangte with an inch-perfect ball and players arrive for the cross again. Again, Chhangte's cross is not well directed. His crossing has let him down a bit today. Less than 10 minutes to go.
83' The #BlueTigers 🐯 have been dominating possession around the Korean box. Bright sparks ⚡️by Sahal and Chhangte have been keeping the opponents on their toes.— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
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Thapa gets a shot on target
Another breathtaking move from the Indian attack and Thapa shoots at the keeper. Keeper does well to parry it over his crossbar. One has to wonder, why were Thapa, Sahal, Chhangte and Udanta not brought on in the first half!
78' A good attacking spell for 🇮🇳. Abdul Sahal cuts two opponents but his shot goes wide of the 🥅, followed by an @AnirudhThapa attempt which was brilliantly saved.— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
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Sahal dribbles past two
Mesmerizing run by Sahal the substitute. What promise this young man has shown! Chhetri comes on to have a word of appreciation with him.
Sahal comes on in place of Rowlin Borges. And India get a SECOND GOAL immediately! Udanta turns his turbos on and finds Chhetri in the box, who knees the cross into the roof of the net. The crowd is roaring behind every Indian attack again. 20 minutes or so to play in this match.
DPR Korea score
Against the run of play, the Korean side score. And that has probably put this match to bed. India had pushed all their players forward to get a second goal. Ri Chol extends DPR Korea's lead. 4-1 to them now. Captain Jong Il Gwan turns provider this time.
All India now
It's all India on the attack now. Chhetri, Thapa, Udanta, Chhangte are looking dangerous in the oppositions' half. Amarjit is doing a great job playing the midfield general's role.
Chhangte with a dangerous run again
Chhangte is released on the left flank again. How dangerous he has looked when he is on these marauding runs of his. Udanta and Chhetri arrived in the box for the cross but the cross was not as good as the run. Keeper collects calmly. Half an hour to go.
Thapa in for Jobby Justin
Midfield genius Anirudh Thapa is brought on to replace Jobby Justin. Justin races off the field, every second is crucial here. The chants are on in full volume here. India sense tonight could be a special night.
India's flanks look threatening
India's wingers Udanta and Chhangte have added a different dimension to this attack in the second half. They have come in for Manvir and Brandon, and what an impact this has had already.
56' END-TO-END STUFF!! A decent attacking performance ⚡️by the #BlueTigers ups the tempo of the game. Can the #BlueTigers🐯 make a comeback? 👊— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 13, 2019
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India get their first goal! 5 minutes into the second half. Chhetri gets the assist. Lallianzuala Chhangte with a burst of pace and a placed finish to get India their first goal. Sensational stuff! Is this the start of a comeback?
Uphill task for India
India 0-3 down at half time
So that's it for the first half. India have conceded three goals in this half. Will be curtains for their campaign if they lose today. India have now conceded 7 goals in this tournament without replying. This defence has looked shaky, and with Jhingan gone with a hamstring injury, things are not looking very bright. The only times India have looked dangerous is when Brandon's balls have floated in. Lots of work for the Blue Tigers in the second half. Lots of work for Stimac in the dressing room now.
Another free kick in a dangerous area
Adil Khan, who has just come on, is putting in some strong challenges. Gives away a free kick just outside the box this time. Yellow card for Adil Khan.
And that was well struck as well! This time, Amrinder is able to come around and get his hands to the ball to parry it away.
When it rains, it pours. Sandesh Jhingan makes a bad tackle, gets a yellow card. But more importantly, he is down clutching his hamstring. That's the injury concern which forced him to miss the last match.
Confirmation that Sandesh Jhingan is off and Adil Khan is in central defence in his place. This Indian central defence is a work in progress, byt with Jhingan gone, this could get ugly if the Korean side decide to kick on a gear or two.
India make a rare foray
India make a rare foray into the opposition's penalty box but yet again a pass goes wayward from Borges. India are looking like a beaten team now. Can they pull up their socks and make some sort of a statement?
Things cannot get worse for India it seems! The Korean side score their third goal! Jerry is unable to rise to the cross and Amrinder cannot move quickly enough to block the header. This Indian defence is looking porous!
ubstitute Song whips in a threatening cross which is headed home brilliantly by DPR Korea captain Jong Il Gwan in the 29th minute.
Good save by Amrinder
North Korea almost went up by a third goal there. Manvir Singh does just about enough to get the striker off balance and Amrinder comes up with a good save off the header. Surprisingly, the Korean side are making their first substitution. In the 27th minute. And it does not look like this is an injury-forced one. A defender coming on for a striker. Change of tactics on the cards.
India look shaky
The Koreans are having a free rein at the moment. Looking a much better-organized team and also faring much better in the first touches. Long balls have looked the most dangerous way to goal from the Indian side. Brandon has come up with a few dangerous looking balls. Jobby Justin, as usual, giving his all in chasing the ball. One has to say though, these early signs are troubling from the perspective of the Blue Tigers.
Stunned silence in Ahmedabad as Korea go 2-0 up! Excellent teamwork and deft touches that bring out a defensive error from the Indians. Sim Jin scores the second goal of the match in the 16th minute.
Not that I'm saying anything new or different, but some of India's basic skills are shocking. #INDvsDPRK— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) July 13, 2019
Chhetri heads just over
India almost fighting back straightaway. Chhetri gets a powerful header in, but can't keep it down. It goes over the bar as Chhetri looks distraught. Amarjit comes up with another powerful tackle in the middle and we have another stop in play.
1-0 to North Korea. That's blasted in from the free kick. Amrinder Singh's positioning not the best as his leap to the left not good enough to keep the ball out. Jong Gwan, the captain, the goalscorer.
Amarjit in the middle
Amarjit Singh is having a big say in proceedings in these early stages. Has conceded two free kicks already. Has played a big role in breaking up the Korean attacks so far.
Korea threaten to find the first opening
North Korea get their first sight of goal in the 5th minute. Ball was bobbing in the penalty area dangerously for a second or two. Subhashish Bose comes in with the tackle from behind. The Korean attacker takes a dramatic tumble forward but referee waves play forward.
Ahmedabad roars as the Blue Tigers get us underway. First opening of the match found by Manvir down the right flank. Jobby Justin was waiting in the middle as the crowd egged on Manvir to make the pass. The pass was misdirected though.
Anthems ring out
The anthems are playing inside the stadium. First North Korea's, then India's. India have never beaten North Korea in a FIFA friendly before. They need to create history, therefore, if they are resurrect their campaign today.
North Korea are lining up in a 4-4-2 formation. Here is how their team looks: Antae Song (GK), Kim Chol Bom, Ri Yong Chol, Han Thae Hyok, Jang Kuk Chol; Jong Il Gwan, Ri Un Il, Sim Hyon Jin, Hong Jin Song; Ri Un Chol, Ri Hyong Jin
10 minutes from kick-off
India will be playing in blue today. Remember, a defeat for either team today spells curtains for their campaigns. Syria and Tajikistan will automatically go through to the final, to be played on July 19. The AEK stadium in Ahmedabad is buzzing in readiness. Good to see a big crowd in for this one.
Jobby Justin named in starting XI
Jobby Justin being named in the starting XI is a special moment for the lad. Came on in the last few minutes of the Tajikistan match to make his debut. This is the first time he will be stepping on to the pitch as one of the starting XI. He made a huge impact for East Bengal last season in the I-League.
Nine changes in starting XI
Stimac makes wholesale changes to the starting XI from the last match.
IN: Amrinder, Kotal, Jhingan, Bose, Jerry L, Brandon, Rowllin, Manvir, Jobby
OUT: Gurpreet, Gahlot, Adil, Bheke, Mandar, Thapa, Sahal, Udanta, Chhangte
Lineup is out
Jhingan returns to the heart of India's defence. We also line up with three players in advanced positions - Sunil Chhetri, Jobby Justin and Manvir Singh. Will be interesting to see how the three connect with each other.
“The whole team is focused on the match against DPR Korea. What’s done is done and we are not thinking about the loss to Tajikistan. We have been working hard so as to not repeat the mistakes we made. We want to play better,” says young midfielder Amarjit Singh.
Leaky Indian defence
Adil Khan and debutant Narender Gahlot, who manned the central defence, were found wanting on many occasions vs Tajikistan, while wing backs Rahul Bheke and Mandar Rao Desai also struggled. Most of Tajikistan's attacks came from the right side through Bheke. The Indian back-four committed mistake after mistakes in the second half but to be fair to them, all of them were an inexperienced lot at the international stage. Gahlot and Desai debuted for India in that match while Adil and Bheke were just a few matches old. Senior player and defensive mainstay Sandesh Jhingan did not play as he had a minor niggle. He is expected to marshall the Indian defence today.
India look to get campaign back on track
Igor Stimac's men will look to come back from their defeat against Tajikistan in their first match with a more dominating performance against North Korea. Incidentally, Syria, the highest ranked team in the competition, also lost to Tajikistan. So this competition is still wide open in terms of which two teams will finish in the top two spots.