- India beat Bangladesh 1-0 on Thursday
- Sunil Chhetri scored the decisive goal of the match
- India will play Myanmar next on September 24
The Indian football team kept their knockout hopes in the Asian Games alive thanks to a 1-0 win over Bangladesh on Thursday, September 21.
Sunil Chhetri scored the decisive penalty in the match with seven minutes of normal time remaining as they quickly recovered from the 5-1 loss to China in the opening match.
India had started the game the brightest on the day. Bryce Miranda seemed to be the brightest player for India in the early goings of the game, as he constantly kept probing from the flanks. He sent in a dangerous cross to Sunil Chhetri inside the box but the Indian skipper’s shot was off target.
Bangladesh would slowly come into the game but the Indian defence remained strong with Jhingan and Dheeraj thwarting attacks into the Indian box. After the 30th minute, India would amp up the intensity of their attacks with the Bangladeshi defence remaining resolute.
The stoppage time of the first half saw a lot of commotion in the Bangladeshi box with India having three shots saved. The first attempt was from Chhetri and Rahul KP, who scored against China, had his effort saved as well. Anjukandan’s effort was also saved as the score remained 0-0 heading into half-time.
The second half started with Rahul having a spectacular chance to break the deadlock but the Indian forward missed the trajectory of the cross towards him. In the 57th minute, Dheeraj was called into action after a defensive howler almost gave Bangladesh a chance to score.
Kynshi’s free-kick from a long way out rattled the post in the 64th minute as India kept edging closer to taking the lead. However, the 77th minute saw Bangladesh almost take the lead against the run of play but Dheeraj pulled off a fantastic save.
The game would then turn on its head in the 83rd minute when a challenge on Bryce inside the box yielded a penalty. Chhetri made no mistake from the spot to give India the lead. They would then remain resolute in defence to see off the game as India collected their first three points of the campaign.
India will play Myanmar next on September 24.