King’s Cup 2023 football : Iraq Defeats India in Penalties

In the King’s Cup 2023 Football Tournament semifinal match on Thursday at the 700th Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai, Thailand, India’s men’s football team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Iraq. As there is no provision for extra time in the event, penalties were used to determine the game when the score remained tied at 2-2 after the allotted time. Unfortunately, Brandon Fernandes failed to convert a critical penalty kick, leading to India’s seventh defeat against Iraq in eight games.

Thrilling Goals in King’s Cup 2023: India’s Gehlot and Iraq’s Hachim Shine

The first goal for India was scored by Narender Gehlot (17′) and the second goal was scored by Jalal Hasan Hachim (51′) during the given time. Ayman Hussein (80′) and Ali Al-Hamadi (28′) helped Iraq make their imprint.

The charismatic Sunil Chhetri, who left the team for personal reasons, did not compete for the 99th-ranked Indian men’s football team in the event.

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The Indian men’s football squad, who were wearing their traditional blue jerseys, first put up a solid defense and tried to counterattack. Iraq started off taking a hostile position in the midst of this.

The event featured a series of attacks from the 70th-ranked Iraqi team, but the Indian defense was well commanded by veteran center-back Sandesh Jhingan.

Game-Changing First Half: Sahal Abdul Samad’s Strategic Play Puts India Ahead; Iraq Responds with a Penalty Equalizer

The Indian squad gained an advantage over the game’s development in the first half. India’s Sahal Abdul Samad successfully utilized a gap in the opposing defense to transfer the ball to Narender Gehlot, who then sent it to Jalal Hasan Hachim in goal, giving India a 1-0 lead.

Iraq sought parity and pushed more players forward after being shocked by the goal. Ten minutes after the first goal, Iraq scored a penalty to tie the score. The referee pointed to the penalty spot after Sandesh Jhingan was given a yellow card for a handball inside the box. The score was evened at 1-1 by Ali Al-Hamadi.

No additional goals were scored in the first half, which ended with a 1-1 tie between the two sides.

Action-Packed Second Half: India’s Manvir Singh Faces Unfortunate Own Goal as Iraq Fights Back

India moved forward and shown greater vigor after the interval. In the first five minutes of the second half, India’s Manvir Singh scored an own goal when Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hasan Hachim mishandled a shot by Manvir Singh.

India moved forward and shown greater vigor after the interval. In the first five minutes of the second half, India’s Manvir Singh scored an own goal when Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hasan Hachim mishandled a shot by Manvir Singh.

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The Iraqi squad started to apply pressure and attack the Indians as the game went on. Ayman Hussein was fouled in the area by an Indian defender ten minutes before the game’s end, and Iraq was able to score a penalty to tie the score. Ayman Hussein successfully converted the penalty kick to put the game at 2-2 in goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s favor.

Iraq circled the Indian side with long balls in an effort to score the game-winning goal, but the Indian defense stood strong. Following Zidan Ikbal’s red card, Iraq increased their pressure in the final seconds of the game. However, India was unable to capitalize on their numerical advantage as the game entered a tense penalty shootout.

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Brandon Fernandes struck the post in the tie-breaker.

In the third-place game on Sunday, the Indian men’s football team will compete against Lebanon and the tournament host Thailand.

India last competed in the King’s Cup in 2019, and they came away with a bronze medal. The Blue Tigers defeated Thailand 1-0 to earn third place after falling to Curacao in the semifinals.

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