Incheon: A day after the Indian women’s football team was eliminated, the Asian Games Medal Hopes for the Indian men’s football team went the same way as they lost to Jordan by 2 goals to nil.
The defeat sees them out of contention for a medal as they failed to win a game in the group stage. Laith Albashtawi and Yazan Thalji were the goalscorers for Jordan.
Albashtawi scored in the 16th minute to give Jordan an early lead. He scored from a rebound from Amrinder Singh. The Indian keeper made an acrobatic save, responding to Israiwah’s initial shot but Albashtawi smashed home the rebound. The game didn’t see many attempts being made as the defenders from both the teams were doing a good job. The best chance for India in this half came when a Sunil Chhetri shot almost kissed the goalpost and went out. Sunil Chetri and Robin Singh were the lone bright spots in the Indian attack and the latter even had 3 shots on target.
The second half also began in the same slow manner and the defenders were focused, particularly the Indians. The deadlock was broken by another Jordan goal, this time by a superb cut back and finish from Yazan Thalji in the 67th minute. The game ended with Jordan winning 2-0, thus knocking India out of the competition.
Despite the loss, there was a slight positive that Wim Kovermans’ boys will take away from this performance. The defence was much better than the previous match against UAE. Jordan (69) is a much higher ranked team than India (158) and looking at the difference in the rankings, one would definitely agree that the Indians had done their best to hold their opponents.
In their previous game, India had lost to UAE 5-0
Match Summary: Group G, Match 3, from Munhak Stadium, Incheon. India 0-2 Jordan (Albashtawi-16′, Thalji-67′).