Welcome to Sportstar’s reside weblog of the India vs Hong Kong AFC Asian Cup qualifier Group D match performed on the Salt Lake (VYBK) Stadium in Kolkata, India.

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Match Report:
India blanks Hong Kong in AFC Asian Cup Quaifiers to enter finals as group chief


Full Time

India 4-0 Hong Kong

90+3′ GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!!!!!! India assaults on the counter and a cross from the precise is coverted by Ishan Pandita as India goes 4 targets up

India 4-0 Hong Kong

90+1′ Gurpreet seems to have picked up an damage, however the stadium continues to dedicate TIFOs and banners for Sunil Chhetri who levelled on targets with Ferenc Puskas and stays two targets behind Lionel Messi

85′ GOOOOOOOAAAAALLL!!!!! Manvir Singh will get the ball within the penalty field and meets the cross with a bullet of a shot to place the sport to mattress

India 3-0 Hong Kong


Manvir Singh celebrates scoring the third purpose in opposition to Hong Kong on the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

India is trying to restrict Hong Kong’s assault within the final seven nodd minutes of the match as Jhingan seems to have picked some cramp. however he proceed to play

82′ Substitution for India! In: Ishan Pandita,
Out: Ashique Kuruniyan

81′ Save! Wong Wai goes for one more shot from distance and is pissed off once more by the keeper who catches the ball, makes one other save, denying any area for the Purple Shirts

80′ Probability! A harmful cross from the left by Ashique for Manvir, who fails to achieve it and India misses one other probability to make the most effective out of Hong Kong’s poor marking

79′ Hong Kong’s nook kick is headed away by Manvir Singh as India seems to win the group, end proper on the high of the group

78′ Substitution for Hong Kong! In: Lau Hok Ming, Yu Jesse
Out: Yu Wai Lim, Wong Ho

77′ Manvir tries to assault, however fails to search out Ashique. 4 gamers, Brandon, Liston, Ashique and Manvir look hungry to make a mark

76′ Substitution for India! In: Brandon Fernandes,
Out: Sunil Chhetri

74′ Yellow card! Yu Wai Lim pulls down Colaco because the ATKMB participant tries to make a run on the counter and earns a reserving, the second yellow card for the group on this match to this point

73′ SAVE! Hong Kong tries an assault via the set-piece and Philip will get within the offside place and heads the ball, however Gurpreet makes one other save. In case the ball would have gone in, it will have been dominated out

73′ India has simply two males on the again and as Hong Kong tries to press, Anwar clears the ball lengthy, out of hazard

70′ Martins will get the ball rolling and is enjoying the function of a lynchpin inthe midfield, holding the defence and Manvir tries a cross from the precise, however Chhetri can’t attain it

69′ Probability! A via ball for Manvir is interceoted by Yapp as Hong Kong desperately cling on to disclaim India any additional targets

68′ Anwar Ali switches the ball from the precise to the left as Roshan ereceives it and passes in entrance, however the ultimate go from Colaco ends to nothing

67′ India goes on one other assault, however the go from Colaco for Ashique doesn’t attain the BFC participant with Yu Wai Lim making a key interception

65′ Foul! Ashique tries to make a run within the midfield, however is pulled again by Regulation and India will get a free kick, which is taken shortly. India assaults on the counter and Colaco shoots with a poor end to finish that growth

64′ Probability! Hong Kong tries to hit a misleading dink as Matt Orr takes a shit on the fringe of the field, however no hazard from that in any way as India continues to have the lead for now

63′ Shot! Wong takes a free kick, however his right-footed roller flies simply broad over the purpose

62′ Foul! Roshan is lookig dodgy in self-discipline as he concedes a foul in Wong and Hong Kong will get a free kick on the precise of the penalty field

60′ Double substitution for India! In: Manvir Singh, Liston Colaco,
Out: Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad

59′ Chhetri will get the ball near the field and tries to go to Ashique, however his late go is intercepted, however solely til Martins will get to it and shoots kind distance, however off-target.

58′ Hong Kong catches India napping alongside the left flank, tries to punish, however Roshan makes a last-minute problem to finish that assault

57′ Hong Kong is trying to have misplaced management alongside the flanks in the intervening time and the rain just isn’t serving to. It, nonetheless, getas a throw-in, which is cleared by Martins and Ashique is fouled within the follow-up

55′ Roshan clears the ball from its half as Yapp will get the ball from a again go and Hong Kong has determined to makea double change.

In: Jhangir Khan, Chan Philip,
Out: Solar Ming Him, Ju Yingzhi

54′ Save! Hong Komg tries to assault via a set-piece and the ultimate towering header in entrance of Gurpreet is devoured up by the BFC goalie

53′ Hong Kong finallly will get the ball within the midfield, however 5 blue shirts cease the forwards run and Akash Mishra makes a briliant run from the Indian half into the ultimate third and shoots along with his weaker foot.

Yapp makes one other save to disclaim the third purpose to the Blue Tigers, who’ve seemed persistently hugry for extra

52′ Nook Kick for India! Roshan takes the kick, which is missed by each blue shirt and Hong Kong will get the ball for a bried time period after which loses it once more

51′ Save! Chhetri will get the ball within the ultimate third an dgoes for purpose with a shot from the penalty field. Yapp, nonetheless, saves it and Chhetri is aware of he might have beat the keeper then

50′ Ashique delivers one other cross for Chhetri, however Yapp will get a contact on full stretch to deflect the ball as Hong Kong clings on to restrict India’s assaults, one after the opposite

50′ India’s nook kick initially cleared is pulled again into assault by Martins and Udanta will get the ultimate go, shoots however his shot is simply inches off-target

48′ India is enjoying very excessive up the pitch, with Ashique attempting to fins gaps alongside the left flank, however Hong Kong forces out a throw-in

47′ Glan Martins will get the ball in assault, with the go to Ashique, whose cross for Chhetris is simply too lengthy and the ball goes out for a purpose kick

46′ India has introduced on Glan Martins to interchange Suresh, who was booked within the first half as Igor Stimac shuffles his choices in a match the place India is confortably forward in the intervening time

Second Half begins!

Half Time

India 2-0 Hong Kong

45′ GOAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Chhetri will get the ball from the left and lands the ball and shoots the ball into the web.

With the purpose he has 84 worldwide targets, stage with Ferenc Puskas in decrease video games

India 2-0 Hong Kong

44′ Foul! Ju Yingzhi runs into Suresh, will get the ball, however the problem was late because the referee provides a foul for the Blue Tigers. Free Kick for India, however no playing cards proven

44′ Roshan makes a run into and delivers a cross from tje proper for Akash, however the ball is cleared for a throw-in in favour of India

43′ Sunil is urgent very excessive and forces an error by the HKG defence, however the goalkeeper Yapp will get to the ball first, who kicks the ball lengthy

41′ Foul! Matt Orr is fouled once more as Hong Kong will get a freee kick. Ju takes it, which is headed away initially after which cleared by Akash Mishra

39′ Probability! Hong Kong goes on assault and a header by Ju is simply too excessive because the bal lflies over the purpose, Gurpreet was overwhelmed, however so was the purpose

38′ Hong Kong’s Sung Ming Him will get a cross alongside the left flank, however fails to manage the ball and India continues to determine management in a match with the rain closely pouring down

36′ Udanta makes a run from the midfield and fails to go rto Roshan as lack of communication ends that assault and Akash Mishra makes a run on the other flank, however his cross is simply too late because it flies over the purpose for a purpose kick

35′ Hong Kong has two of its strikers marked properly by the blue shirts and the crimson shirts go alongside the flanks, crosses from the precise, however Sahal tracks again and clears the ball to maintain India in entrance

33′ One other free kick for Hong Kong, and India clears the ball away and Hong Kong on the assault once more. Jeakson steals the ball, passes to Suresh and India forces Hong Kong again

32′ FOUL! Roshan makes a late problem on Regulation and Hong Kong will get a free kick.

Free Kick taken shortly with Solar Ming Him making a run behind the Indian defence, however his shot is saved by Gurpreet comfortably

31′ One other nook for India with Udanta stepping as much as take it. Anwar makes contact, buit his shot is cleared by Hong Kong

29′ India has bought again possession, however the lengthy ball for Chhetri is intercepted and cleared by Yu. The Indian ahead is being carefully marked by the Hong Kong group

28′ We’re almoost half-an-hour into the match and Hong Kong is throwing every part at India, with nook kicks and throw-ins, however India is clinging on to the slender lead

26′ Probability! A cross is available in for Hong Kong  as India’s defence was caight napping, however the crimson shirts fail to take advantage of the hole and their late response awards a nook to them

24′ Probability! Ashique makes a run alongside the left flank with the ball and crosses for Chhetri, however HKG tracks again proper on time to clear the ball away

23′ Yellow Card! Udanta is fouled by the Hong Kong Captain Huyang Yang as Stimac protests for the rash problem.

22′ India resumes play with a throw-in advert Suresh goes down after a problem by Ju

21′ Akash Mishra seems to have picked up an damage as he was dispossessed of the ball by Lim and the Indian is being attended by the group’s medical group

20′ India takes again possession, makes a run alongside the left flank and a cross is delivered for Chhetri, which is intercepted and cleared by Hong Kong

19′ Gurpreet kicks the ball lengthy, however Yu Wai Lim goes ddown as Sahal fouls him attempting to get to the ball and Hong Komng will get a free kick.

18′ The Indian viewers is having fun with each little bit of the match with the mexican wave going round within the stadium as Hong Kong tries to breach the blue wall on the again

17′ Save! Yapp fists the ball away at simply the precise second as Sunil was closing in on the cross from the precise by Ashique.  Yapp is probably the most skilled goalkeeper for the customer and he’s displaying his class along with his antiques

16′ India has struck early with a nook kick taken shortly with the cross, first hit by Ashique after which by Ali, who put the Blue Tigers in entrance

14′ Off course! Hong Kong begins once more to assault with Wong Wai makes a solo run from the midfield to the ultimate third goes for purpose. Nonetheless, the ball flies off-target

13′ Hong Kong loses the ball but once more and Suresh is fouled this time by Yand, the HKG captain and India takes the free kick shortly. Sunil makes a run behind the HKG and is flagged offside

12′ India takes again possession, tries to construct alongside the precise flank, however Hong Kong stops that ball within the midfield

11′ Block! Hong Kong goes on the assault, with a cross for Solar Ming is intercepted by Jhingan because the ball goes out for a HKG nook. The nook kick that follows has Ju get his head on it, however the header is off course because the ball goes out for a purpose kick in favour of India

10′ India is forcing Hong Kong is sequester on the again, however a via ball in for Wong is noticed by Gurpreet, who kicks the ball lengthy

9′ Yelow Card! Hong Kong tries to assault on the counter and Wong Wai is pulled by Suresh because the BFC participant is booked for that offense

9′ Solar Ming is attempting to take management of the ball, however to this point it has been ojust blue shirts across the park. Sunil and Jeakson pair up with stunning one-twos the ball goes out for a throw-in

8′ Sean Tse’s free kick is cleared by Anwar Ali and Roshan carries the ball into the Hong Kong field, loses management and fails to go it to Ashique

7′ Hong Kong is giving the ball away once more — one thing Igor Stimac had talked about, ball retention as he watches the group from the sidelines.

5′ Solar Ming tries to take management of the ball for Hong Kong, however loses it. The throw-in that follows leads Hong Kong getting the ball again. Orr will get the ball, however Anwar stops that growth. He has been the person of the match to this point tonight

4′ Anwar Ali, who’s again on the coronary heart of defence has struck simply when Hong Kong was trying to ease into the match and the stadium resounds of “India! India!” cheers

2′ GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! Anwar Ali will get the ball within the penalty field and buries theball within the web

India 1-0 Hong Kong

1′ Sunil Chhetri kicks off the  mtach with Indian begins on the assault with Akash Mishra’s ball cleared for a nook kick to India

8:30 pm: Kick Off!

8:25 pm: The Nationwide Anthems are executed. The followers applaud because the groups take their place for the combat for the highest spot in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

8:23 pm: The followers have settled in t7he stadiu with the gamers lined up within the tunnel. India is in its blue equipment, whereas Hong Kong begins in its crimson equipment.

8:15 pm: 15 Miinutes to Kick Off!

Two modifications within the beginning lineups for the Blue Tigers with Manvir Singh and Liston Colaco out. Sahal Abdul Samad, the super-sub of the earlier match begins tonight!

India has already certified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 finals, as a successive look within the finals for the primary time ever and fifth-time within the historical past of Indian Soccer.

8:00 pm: FORM GUIDE: India and Hong Kong are in the identical kind in latest matches, with both facet profitable two matches and shedding three of their final 5 fixtures.

India’s final 5 video games:

  • India 1 – 2 Bahrain
  • India 0 – 3 Belarus
  • India 0 – 2 Jordan
  • India 2 – 0 Cambodia
  • India 2 – 1 Afghanistan

Hong Kong’s final 5 video games:

  • Hong Kong 0 – 1 Iraq
  • Hong Kong 0 – 4 Bahrain
  • Hong Kong 0 – 2 Malaysia
  • Hong Kong 2 – 1 Afghanistan
  • Hong Kong 3 – 0 Cambodia

7:45 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD: India and Hong Kong have confronted one another 15 occasions and India leads the Head-to-Head document by profitable 7 of the video games. Hong Kong received 4 amongst them and the remaining 4 video games ended as ties.

7:30 pm: Beginning Lineups are out!

India Beginning XI: Gurpreet (GK), Roshan, Jhingan, Anwar, Akash, Jeakson, Suresh, Sahal, Udanta, Ashique, Sunil Chhetri (C).

Hong Kong Beginning XI: Yapp Hung Fui; Sean Tse, Yu Wai Lim, Regulation Tsz Chun, Huang Yang (C), Solar Ming Him, Matt Orr, Wong Wai, Fung Hing Wa, Wong Tsz Ho, Ju Yingzhi



India seemed to attract motivation from its “dramatic” win in opposition to Afghanistan because it ready to face a technically robust Hong Kong within the concluding group D fixture of the AFC Asian Cup qualifying ultimate spherical, on the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday.

Curiously, the final match of the group league has turned out to be a digital decider the place the 2 high two sides of the present standings meet to resolve the group topper.Each India and Hong Kong are tied on high with six factors from two wins every however the latter at present holds the highest spot due to a greater purpose distinction.

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Given the state of affairs, India wants a win to safe the highest spot and guarantee its passage to Asian Cup 2023 ultimate stage. There are some spots reserved for the most effective second finishers however Indian head coach Igor Stimac most popular his group to be taking the straight-forward route.

“We play to win tomorrow and qualify on advantage. I don’t wish to get into the complexities of mathematical calculations because it doesn’t assist in the long run,” Stimac mentioned on the eve of the match.

“We’re up in opposition to a technically robust group however we have now to exit and begin from the very first minute like we did in opposition to Afghanistan. I’d anticipate my gamers to recall the eagerness, angle and the starvation that we confirmed in opposition to our earlier opponent when taking over Hong Kong,” he added.

The Indian captain Sunil Chhetri, who scored three out India’s 4 targets within the match to this point and took his private tally to 83 worldwide targets, mentioned the group wants to start out from the place it left off in opposition to Afghanistan.

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“It’s a essential recreation and we have now to start out from the place we left off in our earlier win,” Chhetri mentioned. India’s latest document in opposition to Hong Kong just isn’t very beneficial. The nationwide group final beat Hong Kong final nearly three a long time in the past in 1993 in a World Cup qualifying match. Since then the 2 have met solely thrice (in 2006, 2009 and 2010) in worldwide friendlies the place Hong Kong has received the latest two whereas the opposite match led to a draw.

Quite a bit has occurred within the very long time for the reason that two sides met in a aggressive format. India’s growth efforts previously decade have taken the nationwide facet’s FIFA rating to a reasonably stage (which at present is 106).

“We now have to come back out with a tiger’s coronary heart in each match after we placed on the nationwide colors. This needs to be the principle angle of the gamers who must persuade everybody that no matter manner we’re bodily constructed, we have now an enormous coronary heart,” Stimac mentioned.

The Hong Kong coach Jorn Andersen mentioned his group got here with little expectations earlier than the match however after profitable successive matches the extent of confidence is way increased now. “For us the state of affairs is admittedly constructive. We didn’t anticipate it after we had been coming right here, however we have now already made two good video games and brought six factors,” he mentioned.

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The previous DPR Korea coach mentioned that his group is in a great rhythm and can have the ability to remedy the issue of getting to play in entrance of an enormous house crowd.

“India may have the large benefit of enjoying at house in entrance of possibly 50,000 spectators and that’s one thing we have now to unravel. However we have now skilled gamers, we have now a great collective group and I believe we will remedy this downside,” Andersen mentioned.

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