Intercontinental Cup: India drops 2-4 against Tajikistan after leading 2-0

AHMEDABAD: India went down 2-4 to Tajikistan in the opening party of the Intercontinental Cup here on sunday The hosts, who took a 2-0 lead in the first half, could not keep up with the visitors after the break and conceded four.

India, however, had an abrupt start thanks to its pattern Sunil Chhetri , that marked a corset. He scored the first with a penalty awarded in the fourth minute when Indian midfielder Lallianzuala Chhangte was knocked down inside the area. Chhetri approached and converted him with a panenka.

There was a steady drizzle throughout the match but that hardly dampened the spirits of the crowd. Egged on by the vociferous crowd, the Indian forwards stepped up the attack and scored again in the 40th minute. Indian midfielder Udanta Singh’s low cross fell in front of Mandar Rao Desai and he placed it deftly for Chhetri. The striker made no mistake by placing the ball calmly past the Tajikistan goalkeeper.

However, it was a completely different story in the second half. Tajikistan reduced the margin in the 55 minute when striker Komron Tursunov latched on to a rebound and beat India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Sheriddin Boboev then had no difficulty to level it 2-2 in the 58th minute.

Buoyed by the two goals, Tajikistan came all out and piled on two more with defender Muhammadjon Rahimov scoring and striker Shahrom Samiev getting their names on the score sheet.

During the game, the focus was on the inexperienced defense of India, composed of Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke, Mandar and Narender Gehlot, who made their debut. And they will have to intensify their game in the next game.

Result: India 2 ( Sunil Chhetri 4-penaly, 48'). Tajikistan 4 (Komron Tursunov 56', Sheriddin Boboev 58', Muhammadjon Rahimov 71', Shahrom Samiev 75')