India vs. Lebanon, King’s Cup 2023 Highlights: India went down 0-1 to Lebanon in the King’s Cup at the 700th Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai on Sunday.
India conceded in the second half to register a loss in Thailand against the Lebanese unit.
India suffered a defeat against Iraq in the semifinal of the tournament on Thursday, losing out to the opponents on penalties that ended 5-4 following a 2-2 draw during the 90 minutes.
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The Lebanese team finished the King’s Cup in third place with their 1-0 win over India on Sunday in Thailand.
IND 0-1 LBN
India have a chance to level the proceedings in the closing moments of the second half stoppage time, but the cross into the box, which beats the onrushing keeper floats just a tad bit too high for the lurking Indians at the far post.
Seven minutes of time is set to be added on to the second period of the game as India go chasing the all-important leveller in the game.
Lebanon have opted to call in reinforcements for the finishing moments of the game as they seek to hold on to their slender lead.
Lebanon nearly double their lead.
Lebanon get a free kick deep inside their own box and play a long ball into the danger area, where it is met with a diving header from the team’s forward.
Despite the arduous effort, the ball floats just over the crossbar, and India survive a scare.
Lebanon inch ahead!
The corner is swung into the box from the right and is headed straight straight at the Indian keeper, who makes an instinctive save. But, the ball breaks to the lurking Lebanese forward, who pulls off an acrobatic effort to put the ball into the back of the net.
IND 0-1 LBN
KP Rahul makes his way onto the green as he is named as the replacement for Abdul Sahal Samad.
Out: Abdul Sahal Samad
In: KP Rahul
Two more fresh pairs of legs are added to the Blue Tigers as Manvir and Suresh make their way onto the field.
Out: Jeakson Singh, Rohit Kumar
In: Manvir Singh, Suresh Wangjam
India try to explore the left channel to find a way into the danger area as they produce a good bit of interplay on the flank to try and test the opposition’s defence.
The Lebanese weather the attack and hold steady to keep the scoreboard from ticking.
Lebanon are off to a positive start to the second forty-five as they launch an attack early following the resumption.
But, the resulting shot after their well worked foray into the area is tame and Prabshukan Gill has no issues in keeping the ball out of the net before collecting it calmly.
The Lebanese men get the second period of the fixture underway as both teams try to break the stalemate that had persisted in the opening 45 minutes of the tie.
Igor Stimac decides to bring in reinforcements as he makes two changes at the break.
Out: Anirudh Thapa, Asish Rai
In: Brandon Fernandes, Nikhil Poojary
IND 0-0 LBN
The referee blows his whistle to bring the first half to an end with the game still goalless.
Neither team has managed to break the deadlock and will look to have more of an impact on the scoreline when they resurface for the second period of the fixture.
IND 0-0 LBN
It’s a tight battle with both teams giving their all though #BlueTigers 🐯held a slight upper hand. The score remains 0-0. Who will break the deadlock?
Wait for the next 45 minutes!
LBN 🇱🇧 0-0 🇮🇳 IND
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2023
The fourth official signals for three minutes of time to be added on to the regulation 45 in the first period of the game.
The teams look like heading into the break with scores all level.
A big chance for India to take the lead as a brilliant ball over the defence falls at the feet of Anirudh Thapa, who collects the ball on his run up the left edge of the box.
He looks to strike with a snapshot and pulls the trigger with his left, but the tame attempt is muffed and is cleared off from the area by the rival defence.
Close to half time and still all level.
Lebanese skipper Haider is brandished a yellow card by the referee for his infringement, and India works a path up the field from the resulting free kick from a deep position, but yet again, the Lebanese players get back in numbers to hold out the Indian surge.
The Blue Tigers resist yet another adventurous move by the Lebanese into opposition territory and try to turn the tide of the game by stringing up a quick counter from the back.
However, the strategy lacks the required pace and the Lebanese unit get back in time to deal with the growing danger.
Ultimately the attack comes to nothing and the scores are yet level at nil-nil.
Leanon work their way up field through the right channel as they move with a couple of swift passes.
The ball is pulled back into the edge of the box from the flank on the right, but the Indian defence is at hand to deal with the danger as they get the ball out of harm’s way.
The teams are trying to get a foothold in the game early with some ambitious forays into the opposition halves, but neither of the units have been able to work their way into a dangerous position in the opening minutes of the game.
India have an attempt from wayward out but the shot is off its mark and flies harmlessly over the bar and the referee points to a goal kick for Lebanon.
The game between India and Lebanon is underway as the Blue Tigers sport their bright orange away kit on the day, while Lebanon are out in all-whites.
IND 0-0 LBN
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India will look to register a win in Thailand after being narrowly edged out by the likes of Iraq on penalties in their earlier fixture on Thursday, which the Blue Tigers went down 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in regulation time.