The Indian football team suffered a 0-3 defeat against Belarus in an international friendly match played on Saturday at the Bahrain International Stadium, Bahrain. It was their second match after the 1-2 loss to Bahrain earlier. Head coach Igor Stimac has made seven changes to the starting line-up which played against Bahrain three days ago.
The Indian football team has also been hit by injuries to Liston Colaco and Jeakson Singh, while Rahul Bheke was unavailable. The latter had flown to join his club’s preparations for the upcoming AFC Champions League fixtures.
The match started with India pressing hard against the Belarusians as the opposition enjoyed most of the possession. However, Bengaluru FC wing-back Roshan Singh got the first try on goal. But his attempt missed the mark.
Belarus had their first chance on goal in the 7th minute. The team got a free kick just outside the box. Siadzko Pavel stepped forward to take it and opted to place it in the bottom corner. India skipper and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, playing his 50th international match, made sure the ball didn’t go past him.
A few minutes later, Manvir Singh had the opportunity to put his side in the lead. Anirudh Thapa played an overhead through ball towards Manvir, spotting the striker’s run. But the Belarusian defenders recovered faster, nullifying the chance.
As the half progressed, Belarus’ possession of the ball increased but the Indians defended well and maintained their compactness at the back. Belarus had two more chances in front of goal.
The first was a 41st-minute corner kick while the second was a free-kick from the right flank. Neither opportunity created any danger for the Indian football team.
Indian football team loses stability
The second half began with both teams making roster changes on record. Igor Stimac introduced Mohammad Yasir in place of Seriton Fernandes.
Belarus attacked with intensity in the first minutes of the second half. Uladzislau attacked from the left flank and whipped the ball for Shauchenka Hleb. But Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was up to the task in this matter.
Two minutes later, the Belarusians scored their first goal of the evening. A long ball from midfield was met by Artem Bykov, who volleyed past the Indian keeper.
The goal was followed by another change from the bench for the Indian football team. Aniket Jadhav was sent to replace Suhair VP. The Belarusians continued to chain the chances in and around the last third.
They scored the second goal after Ebonh Maks had the ball following Roshan Singh’s loss in midfield. Maks ran through the middle before setting it up for Andrei Salavei.
Igor Stimac put Chinglensana Singh in the mix. Roshan Singh was sacrificed for this.
The third and final goal came in the dying minutes of the match after Hramyka Varely was set up by Yablonski Yauhen while the entire defense watched the ball. The result was disappointing for the Indian soccer team in both friendlies and the team failed to impress in any department.