Anirudh Thapa scored in first-half added time to provide India a 1-0 win over Myanmar within the opening match of the Tri-Nation Worldwide Soccer Event, on the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal on Wednesday.
Indian wingers Bipin Singh and Lallianzuala Chhangte had been energetic from the beginning as they made repeated forays into the opposing third. Sunil Chhetri had a glance from the beginning, when he headed Thapa’s cross over the crossbar. The India captain had one other likelihood for a nook on the far submit, however the effort produced the identical end result.
Native boy Jeakson Singh, enjoying a containing function, coped along with his process, nipping the Myanmar assaults within the bud. Chhetri had one other good likelihood simply after the half hour mark when Chhangte introduced him on, however his shot from shut vary went straight into the goalkeeper’s gloves.
Minutes later, India goalkeeper Amrinder Singh stored the rating degree on the different finish when he deflected Aung Thu’s shot.
India lastly discovered the breakthrough they had been in search of throughout first-half stoppage time when Thapa latched on to a rebound contained in the field and previous the keeper from shut vary.
India head coach Igor Stimac determined to provide extra purpose for the Imphal crowd to cheer as he introduced in Suresh Wangjam to interchange Mohammad Yasir within the second half. Quickly after, native boy Naorem Mahesh Singh made his debut as he and Manvir Singh changed Bipin Singh and Chhangte.
India thought that they had added one other aim to their tally with simply over 1 / 4 of an hour to go in regulation time when Chhetri hammered residence Thapa’s cross, however he was dominated offside.
Minutes later, the Indian captain completed off the opponent’s aim, however was saved by the opposing goalkeeper.
Because the clock was ticking down, Ritwik Das additionally had his debut. Das and Roshan Singh changed Akash Mishra and Thapa. Seconds earlier than the ultimate whistle, the Myanmar goalkeeper had an in depth shave when Suresh’s shot was parried by the keeper.