INDIA CRASHED PUERTO RICO IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
INDIA 4-1 WIN OVER PUERTO RICO IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
03.09.16: INDIA 4-1 PUERTO RICO ( FT )
IND : Narayan Das 17', Sunil 22', Jeje 33', Jackiechand 57'
PUR : Sanchez (Pen 7')
IND :Gurpreet, Pritam, Arnab, Sandesh, Narayan, Pronoy, Bikash, Euguneson, Jackichand, Sunil, Jeje
PUR :Jonny, Juan, Emmanuel, Elliot, Alexis, Juan Cloca, Marcos, Andres, Emmanuel Sanchez, Michael
REF : MB Santosh Kumar.

An outstanding performance by the young Indian team. India were down by the 7th minute penalty goal but were in control of the proceedings right from the kick off. The visitors had some occasional counter attacks which hardly create any impact to the Indian central defense. India could have increased the tally if Jeje and Jackiechad did not miss some clear opportunities .

INDIA 4-1 WIN OVER PUERTO RICO IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
90+4': FULL TIME SCORE : INDIA 4-1 PUERTO RICO.
90': 4 minutes added time
88': PLAYER CHANGE - INDIA : Germanpreet in Pritam out
85': A chance for India, Daniel failed to place in an open net following a pass from Passi
82': PLAYER CHANGE - PUERTO RICO :: Juan out, Velez in
81': PLAYER CHANGE - INDIA :: Seityasen in , Jackichand out
80': INDIA 4-1 PUERTO RICO
77': PLAYER CHANGE - INDIA :: Daniel in Chettri out
75': It's a well controlled performance by India, dominating over the visitors
73': A long ranger from Borges following a defection but went over the cross bar
71'; Chance for India ,a weak shot from Passi collected by Christofer.
70': INDIA 4-1 PUERTO RICO
66': PLAYER CHANGE - INDIA :: Jeje out Passi in
65': Pritam's cross pass from the left flank cleared by Puerto Rico defense
62': An acrobatic save by Christofer. He saved a shot from Jeje
60': INDIA 4-1 PUERTO RICO
59': A good tackle by Sandesh , he cleared a ball from advancing Sanchez
57': Jackichand scored following a pass from Lyndoh
57': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL 3-1. India scored again
56': A chance missed by the visitors, Ramos shoots at the post Gurpreet was beaten
52': India dominating in the second session, while Puerto Rico are on counter attacks
50': INDIA 3-1 PUERTO RICO
INDIA 4-1 WIN OVER PUERTO RICO IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
48': Jackichand's powerful shot straight to Puerto Rico goalkeeper
47': Ramos shoots but cleared by Arnab out of the danger zone
46': Second session starts Puerto Rico
46': PLAYER CHANGE - PUERTO RICO : Chritofer in Santana out
45+2": HALF TIME SCORE : INDIA 3-1 PUERTO RICO
45': 2 minutes added time
44': A save by Santana from the goal line, Jeje missed a easy opportunity
43': India are well placed in the first session against Porto Rico are quite confident in their approach
40': INDIA 3-1 PUERTO RICO
37': A long ranger from Michel, but the ball sailed high over the cross bar
35': A good block by Arnab, he denies Andrez
33': Jeje scored for India. Pritam's cross fro right flank, Sunil's from top of the box finds Jeje and a fine header of Jeje finds the net.
33': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL. 3-1. India increased their lead.
30': INDIA 2-1 PUERTO RICO
25': Chance for India , Jackichand's shoots wide following a pass from Jeje
24': YELLOW CARD to Andrea, he tackles Chetri from behind
22': Sunil scored, his free kick hits the post and went inside
22': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL. 2-1 .India increased their lead
20': INDIA 1-1 PUERTO RICO
17': Narayan scored following a defection of Chhetri's free kick from top of the 18 yards which hits the post
17': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL. . 1-1. India equalize
15': Pronay's long ranger collected by Jonny cleanly
13': Emmanuel's forward pass meant for no one ,Gurpit collects
10': INDIA 0-1 PUERTO RICO
9': Corner for India, Lyndoh's corner went over the goal line after a defection from Jackichand
7': GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL. 1-0 to Puerto Rico....Sanchez converts, Gurpreet totally beaten
7': Penalty for Puerto Rico....as Jackichand tripped Michel from behind
5': Jeje tried for an opening but he was heavily marked
3': First corner for the visitors Richado's corner cleared by Sandesh
0': Match started,India kicks off


INDIA LAST 6 MATCHES 2016
03.01.2016 : SAFF Final India - (2–1) - Afghanistan
24.03.2016 : WC.QLF India - (0-4) - Iran
29.03.2016 : WC.QLF India - (1-2) - Turkmenistan
02.06.2016 : Asian Cup QLF India - (1-0) - Laos
07.06.2016 : Asian Cup QLF India - (6-1) - Laos
13.08.2016 : Friendly India - (3-0) - Bhutan

02.09.2016: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Football fever is catching up in the Country and Mumbai will witness an International match after 61 years when the Blue Tigers, ranked 152, take on Puerto Rico, ranked 114, on 3rd September 2016 at Mumbai City FC’s new home stadium, Mumbai Football Arena (Andheri Sports Complex). The match kicks off at 8 pm

PREVIEW - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : “Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will Captain the Team tomorrow against Puerto Rico,” Constantine announced. Figure this out - 13 Players from the squad of 27 assembled in Mumbai are below 23 years! When have India been so young? Ever?. A day prior to the match against Puerto Rico in the Official pre-match Media interaction, National Coach Constantine mentions about the aim of building the "pool of Players."

“We are trying to build a pool of Players who would represent India for the next 6-7 years. In fact, we already have built a sizeable group but there will be additions,” Constantine stated. “Today there is a healthy competition for each of the slots,” he states.

Indeed there is. You glance through the team sheet and will find out that except for Sunil Chhetri, Subrata Paul, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Arnab Mondal and Narayan Das, none among the 27 had ever played an International match prior to Constantine taking over. ‘Work hard and play for India,’ has been the ideology.

“One of the biggest plusses I have found with the Indian Players is their thirst for knowledge. They want to learn and get better. It’s not hard to teach Indian Players and they pick things up quite quickly. But you need to be repetitive,” Constantine added.

Sunil Chhetri, the highest goal scorer for India in International Football felt the younger crop stay much “aware of what needs to be done.”There are a lot of young ones in the squad. Today’s younger bunch is much aware and professional as to what they need to do,” he certified.

Constantine also mentioned about the “quality” of Puerto Rico.

“They are a good side with many good Players. Yeah, one may mention about their landing timing in Mumbai but you cannot take away their quality. Can you?” he opined. “Puerto Rico were one of the best movers in the FIFA Rankings. They are a very organised side.”

“They love to keep the ball and play it around. They are technically very good. Once they are around the box they are very dangerous. Against USA they split open the rival defence with three touches.”

‘Will India play defensive?’

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