Bengaluru, June 24 – Indian males’s nationwide soccer crew will look to take care of their successful run and inch nearer to the semi-finals of the SAFF Championship after they face Nepal on the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, right here on Saturday.
The Blue Tigers thumped arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 of their first group-stage match on Wednesday, after Kuwait beat Nepal 3-1 within the event opener. Igor Stimac’s males have commenced their preparations for the AFC Asian Cup with nice vitality and they might be aiming to bolster their confidence with one other dominant efficiency in opposition to Nepal.
The Gorkhalis, however, could have their job lower out in opposition to the in-form hosts as they give the impression of being to get their first win within the competitors.
India have a robust higher hand over their opponents from the South Asian areas by way of the head-to-head report. The 2 sides have confronted one another 15 instances beforehand, with the Blue Tigers rising victorious 10 instances, whereas Nepal has managed to win solely as soon as. The remaining 4 matches have resulted in attracts.
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Of their most up-to-date 5 conferences, the Blue Tigers have secured victories 4 instances, with the opposite sport leading to a draw. The most recent encounter between the 2 groups occurred in 2021 in the course of the SAFF Championship Ultimate, the place India emerged triumphant with a convincing 3-0 scoreline.
In March 2023, the All Nepal Soccer Affiliation appointed former NorthEast United FC coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese. Nepal’s nationwide crew then participated within the Minister’s Three Nations Cup, the place they emerged as champions by defeating Laos 2-1 within the remaining. They’d beforehand defeated Laos 2-0 and drew 1-1 with Bhutan within the group stage. Previous to the SAFF Championship, Nepal additionally performed a pleasant sport in opposition to the Philippines, which resulted in a 1-0 defeat for Nepal.
The Blue Tigers have been in spectacular kind following their latest triumph within the Hero Intercontinental Cup, and so they additional strengthened their confidence with a powerful 4-0 victory over rivals Pakistan within the earlier sport. Stimac’s males have showcased a strong defensive setup together with attacking prowess over the previous few months. They’ve achieved an all-time report by protecting seven consecutive clear sheets, which is a exceptional feat for the crew.
Sandesh Jhingan vs Anjan Bista: Jhingan has made a major contribution to India’s spectacular run of seven consecutive clear sheets. The centre-back displayed rock-solid defence in opposition to Pakistan, leaving no room for the opposition to penetrate. Now, his subsequent problem will probably be to deal with Anjan Bista, a well-recognized face in Indian soccer. Bista, a 25-year-old attacker, performed for Mumbai-based aspect Kenkre FC within the Hero I-League 2022-23 season. He discovered the again of the online for Nepal of their opening fixture, regardless of a 3-1 loss to Kuwait. With 11 objectives in 52 video games, he’s solely three objectives away from changing into Nepal’s all-time high worldwide goalscorer. Nonetheless, will probably be an uphill job for him to surpass Jhingan, given the distinctive kind the defender is at present in.
Sunil Chhetri vs Ananta Tamang: The Indian skipper achieved his fourth worldwide hat-trick in opposition to Pakistan, propelling him to fourth place within the all-time worldwide goalscoring chart. The striker is keen to proceed including to his objective tally in opposition to Nepal and edge nearer to the exceptional milestone of 100 objectives. Chhetri will face Tamang, an skilled participant with 47 worldwide caps, who represents Nepal. Tamang, a center-back, has been a major presence in Nepal’s defence and was additionally a part of East Bengal FC’s squad within the latter phases of the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) 2021-22 season.