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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby ankit1407 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:10 pm

What was that from PR goalie on our 2nd goal, you don't stand behind your wall like this on a free kick, poor error ...

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby ankit1407 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:21 pm

PR team arrived just last night after the long flight after missing the scheduled flight, might be one of the reason of such performance...

Having said , after the first 5 mins our guys have played well and taken control.of the match...
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Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:26 pm

Jeje had a fabulous run, nice moves to the left and a good angled shot with 2 minutes to go to half time but the PR goalie somehow got his foot in an deflected it. India laying very well, but it's also because PR is so out of it. They are giving us too much space to pass the ball around. There was even a 15 pass sequence by India, of the kind we never see against good teams. PR only came in last night and they have some 2 or 3 top players missing too. It shows. I will take it, as long as we execute our game plan though. We have been sharp.

What the hell was wrong with that Indian linesman at the end, giving them a corner when it clearly should've been a goal kick? Bloody damn Malayali linesman :) ... He looks like a Malayali, but I don't know. Kidding. Anyway the PR guy kicked it straight to our goalie Gurpreet.

9 to 4 in shots at goal by India and PR.

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Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:32 pm

Abhishek Bachhan talking at the half time from the field and thanking the crowd. They also show the ISL promo video, which was absolutely fantabulous. Terrific video. Makes you want to go out and play football!!!

Good noisy crowd there, but I think about 15-20% seats are vacant it seems.

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Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:49 pm

4-1 !!!!

India kept the ball for some 2 minutes with a sequence of 24 passes to bring it up. Finally after a throw in, we win the ball in the box and Jacky puts it in!!! 57th minute.

Minute 67. Jeje is replaced by Passi. Jeje had worked really hard though he missed one chance.

71st minute. PR misses another shot on the right post, the second time. They aren't lucky either!

A great aerial to Passi, who really hesitated in taking a shot and messed it up. Come on man!

77th minute. Chhetri goes out and Lalhimpuia comes in. This Indian team is so damn young. Great job by Constantine to find the players and completely overhaul the team. And first time captain Gurpreet is a fantastic goalie.

So annoying to hear the announcer keep on pronouncing Echevaria (the PR goalie's name) as "e-kke-vah-ri-ah". Come on, somebody correct him on that.

83rd minute. Jackichand Sngh comes out and an Seityasen Singh comes in

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby Omkara » Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:15 pm

The coach seems to have great rapport with the team

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Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:18 pm

Yeah, Stephen Constantine had the players on his side in his first stint too, till the end when they just weren't winning for various reasons (lack of talent mostly, then. It has become quite a bit better now).

The young guy Passi continues to look off-color. India is not doing much now, but PR is worse.

Wow, how did Passi miss that ball. It should have been 5-1 easy. Passi has had a horrible time today in the short period. Done everything wrong. Poor guy.

88th minute. Kotal comes out and another young guy Deutchpreet Singh goes in for us.

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Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:23 pm

Into 4 minutes of extra time. Still 4-1

Deutchpreet singh challenged at the back a couple of times but held up nicely in preventing any chance for PR

... and it's a wrap. India beats Rich Port 4-1 !!!

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby ankit1407 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:27 pm

Finished 4-1 ...

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby arjun2761 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:48 pm

That is a nice win for India!

Interesting that the World soccer ELO ratings has India at #177 and Puerto Rico at #183, so it was a good predictor of this result.

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby Omkara » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:56 pm

I saw on tv it was written somewhere india is ranked 152. Surprised.

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby jaydeep » Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:01 pm

Oh, I totally forgot to put hotstar link ... Sorry Jay ... :oops:

Puerto Rico team was without 5-6 regulars from first team as their respective European/ South American clubs didn't release them for this International friendly ... Puerto Rico team reached late for this tie due to goof-up in their flight schedule ... But I think these weren't only reasons for their loss ... Our team executed Constantine's plan perfectly on the field ... Impressed with our improved passing, our midfielders looked good, our wingers managed to give some good crosses, strikers looks improved and Gurpreet was amazing in-front of the goal ... I think this was Jeje's 7th goal in 7 matches so some terrific hot streak is going on ... I am also impressed with our dead ball skill, Constantine is working on that and Sunil Chhetri is responding with some smart/ opportunist dead ball kicking ... Still need lot of work on our defending but today's was deserving win against WR #114 Puerto Rico.

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:04 pm

Omkara wrote:I saw on tv it was written somewhere India is ranked 152. Surprised.

You mean surprised that we were that low, or that we looked better than that?

152 is a high ranking for us in a while. We have been below 150 and as low as 170 for the last 5 years, and have hardly cracked world top-140 in like a decade, except for a few weeks in 2009. It has been that bad. Hopefully this young team and a spirited coach could make some noises for us from now on. But moving above 125 would be a dream for us for a while.

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Re: Football: Indian National Team news ...

Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:05 pm

jaydeep wrote:Oh, I totally forgot to put hotstar link ... Sorry Jay ... :oops:

No problem, Jaydeep. i found it just in time for our equalizer early in the game.

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