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Khaleel welcomes Pakistan contingent to India

AIFF MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : 16.08.2014: : Mr. AR Khaleel, Member, AIFF Executive Committee on Saturday (August 16) welcomed the Pakistan delegation to Bangalore for the two U-23 International Matches against India. I wholeheartedly welcome the Pakistan contingent to Bangalore for the Friendly Series. I thank them for coming over to play in the Garden City,” he stated in a Press Meet. We look forward to playing more often between us. I hope you enjoy your stay and have a wonderful time here, Mr. Khaleel told the Pakistan delegation.

Pakistan Football Federation's Marketing Consultant Sardar Naveed Haider Khan, also the Head of Pakistan's delegation to India said it's a "great honour" to visit Bangalore. "This is a very exciting moment in the history of sports in India and Pakistan. It was in 2005 that India visited Pakistan to play a bilateral Series but since then, we haven't been able to play each other in another bilateral Series. This Friendly Series will help a lot in the promotion of Football in the region. We hope to make Friends, both on and off the Field," he stated.

This is the first time that any Pakistan Football Team is visiting India to play in any bilateral Series. I feel there is much need for more sporting interaction between the two Countries. We eagerly await the arrival of the Indian senior Women’s Team in November for the 3rd Women's SAFF Championship, Naveed informed. We have been received well and haven't faced any problems. I am very much thankful to Mr. Praful Patel and Mr. Kushal Das for their cooperation.

Welcoming the Pakistan Team to India Indian National Team Captain Sunil Chhetri maintained, Pakistan have always been a special Team. I hope they enjoy their stay and matches during their stay in India. Mr. Khaleel stressed the Friendly Series may pave way “for more peace and harmony between the two Countries.Sports has always helped people to bond among themselves. This is a historic moment for the history of Indian Football. We eagerly look forward to the matches, he pronounced.

Pakistan Captain Md. Kaleemullah said they were “looking forward to play against India. It's a privilege to be here. We are a young Team which is being build keeping an eye on the future. We are confident of achieving a positive result.


AIFF MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : 16.08.2014: Times change fast. The baby-faced Captain is the Senior Pro in the Team now. A couple of days prior to the first of the two matches of the Friendly Series against Pakistan, Sunil Chhetri spoke exclusively to www.the-aiff.com about the emotions of playing Pakistan, the expectations, the preparation and life as a Senior Pro in the Team. EXCERPTS:

QUESTION : Is the match against Pakistan different from another International match?

SUNIL : There's no denying it's different. Even as we Players term or take it as just another Match, you can never ignore that there are so many emotions involved in this match. Every time the two Countries play against each other in any sport it may be, the mood stays different. And however hard, you may try to evade it you can never ignore this fact. And it applies to both the Teams.

QUESTION : This is the first time Pakistan are coming to India to play a bilateral series against India. How historical is that?

SUNIL : History will determine as to how historical this is. But this is certainly big. History will also tell you that Sports has always been the binding factor in promoting bilateral relations between two Countries. It's important to build relationship via Sports, especially with your neighbouring Countries. There is nothing political in this - we are taking it as a sporting event. We wholeheartedly welcome the Pakistan contingent to India and hope they have a great stay and two Matches for all to remember as History. We are looking forward to meet and greet them.

QUESTION : On the field, what do you expect from Pakistan?

SUNIL : All the matches that I have played against them have been much more than a normal game and both the sides stay aware of it. We would like to give our best and it applies to our Friends from Pakistan as well. For them too, this is a Special game. An Indo-Pak clash is always special.

QUESTION : You are the Senior Pro in the Team now. What do juniors expect from you?

SUNIL : I have tried to talk and share as much as I can with all. In fact, I am emulating exactly what my Seniors did to me when I was a junior guy. The idea is not to behave like a cliché Senior but gel with everyone. It's a team Sport and everyone learns from everyone. The orthodox fact of behaving like "Seniors" doesn't stay in my dictionary and my doors stay open for everyone as much the doors of Francis (Fernandes) and Robin (Singh) stay open for all too.

QUESTION : How has the training been so far?

SUNIL : It's been progressive which is very important. All the Players were coming from different I-League Teams and had a different style of play with their respective Clubs. We have been fortunate enough to prepare for long and these two upcoming matches against Pakistan would be an indicator as to where we are exactly placed prior to the Tour to China and more importantly, the big test in the Asian Games in Incheon.



Confident Pakistan test for India

AIFF MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : 16.08.2014: Even as the India U-23 Team stayed busy in their intensive training session at the Bangalore Football Stadium, a few ladies and middle-aged gentlemen started explaining to their kids. Standing at a distance, one could overhear, 'This is the Indian Team who will play Pakistan.' Have you got your tickets? you enquire.

Long back, a Lady from the Group quips. A gentleman added: "We come here for Bengaluru FC's matches. The kids support them. We will all come to cheer for India. The green in the Garden City isn't just restricted to the Gardens anymore. All tickets, we learn, have been sold out at the Bangalore Football Stadium for India's first match against Pakistan.

'I expect a lovely atmosphere in the Stadium, National Coach Wim Koevermans, presently in charge of India's preparation for the Incheon Asian Games said. "I welcome our guests from Pakistan and it's always good to have an opportunity to play against them. As we know whenever India and Pakistan play each other, they turn out to be good games," he added.

Koevermans' rival counterpart Mohammad Shamlan Mubarak, Pakistan National Team's Coach from Bahrain thanked “AIFF for organising the two Friendly matches." The Asian Games is knocking at the door and this is the best possible manner to prepare for it. India are a good side and we are building a Team for the future. I hope this Tour will help our young Players gain a lot of experience," he stated.

"However, we are confident of achieving a positive result in both the matches," he stressed. Pakistan Captain Md. Kaleemullah, echoed the same sentiment. "We hope to script a positive result in our favour," Kaleemullah who plays for Krygyzstan Champions Dordoi Bishkek, reiterated. Koevermans maintained the exposure Tour to Czech Republic was a good experience for the boys.

The level of Football played in Czech Republic is of very high standard. The boys came back richer in experience. We will also play some good opposition in China prior to the Games in Incheon. That surely will make us stronger, he said. The rules of the Asian Games state that we can pick three Senior Players in the squad. Hence, along with Sunil (Chhetri), we have also brought in Robin (Singh) and Francis (Fernandes) who’s not only one of the best Players but can also play in different positions. And you all need to remember, that Sunil does not only score goals but also creates a lot of them,” he quipped.

Chhetri, sitting next smiled. “The best part is that we have got a lot of time to gel. There are a number of young Players who came from different I-League Teams and not of us were in the best possible shape. The long exposure Camp has helped us for sure, he maintained.

For the record, Pakistan has had a nine-month preparation ahead of the two matches. “Our most inspiring result stayed against Jordan where we went down by a solitary goal,” Kalemullah informed. Our aim is to develop the Team in all aspects of the game. So far I feel we have made progress and we would be able to judge it in the two forthcoming matches,” Koevermans concluded.

The kick-off at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Sunday (August 17) is at 3.30pm and it would be telecast live on DD Sports. Mr. Ghous Mohammed and Mr. Shankar would be the two commentators.



Matches: 31 || WIN India: 18 : 5 Pakistan || drawn: 8 || Goals India: 46 : 23 Pakistan

October 23, 1953: India 1-0 Pakistan
IND : Neville De Souza

December 24, 1955: India 2-1 Pakistan
IND : P.K.Banerjee, Neville De Souza
PAK : Masud Fakhri

December 26, 1954: India 3-1 Pakistan
IND : Puran Bahadur (hattrick)
PAK : Masud Fakhri

December 7, 1959: India 1-0 Pakistan
IND : Derek De Souza

December 13, 1959: Pakistan 1-0 India
PAK : Abdullah

November 15, 1967: India 1-1 Pakistan
IND : Subramaniam
PAK : Maula Bux

1977(Kabul) :Pakistan 2-1 India

October 17, 1984: India 2-0 Pakistan
IND : Shabbir Ali-2

S.A.F Games 1987 (Calcutta): India 0-0 Pakistan

May 9, 1992: India 2-0 Pakistan
IND : I.M.Vijayan -2

1993(Lahore) : India 1-1 Pakistan
IND : I.M.Vijayan
PAK : Mohammed Nauman

SAF 1993: India 2-2 Pakistan
IND : Bhupinder Thakur, Tejinder Kumar
PAK : Mohammed Nauman -2

SAF 1993: India 0-0 Pakistan

Pre olympic 1995: India 3-1 Pakistan
IND : Basudeb Mondal, Jo Paul Ancheri(Pen), Prashanta Chakravarty
PAK : Quazi Asaf Khan

1995 (Under 23): India 2-1 Pakistan
IND : Shamsi Reza, Baichung Bhutia
PAK : Ayubalam

September 11, 1997: India 2-0 Pakistan
IND : I.M.Vijayan-2

April 26, 1999: India 2-0 Pakistan
IND : Baichung Bhutia -2

September 26, 1999: India 5-2 Pakistan
IND : Jules Alberto, Shabbir Pasha, I.M.Vijayan (hattrick)
PAK : Haroon Yusuf (Pen), Gohar Zaman

January 20, 2003: India 2-1 Pakistan
IND : I.M.Vijayan, Abhishek Yadav (Golden Goal)
PAK : Sarfaraz Rasool

January 10, 2003: Pakistan 1-0 India


Apr 05, 2004: Pakistan 1-0 India
PAK : Abdul Aziz

Mar 30, 2004: India 1-0 Pakistan
IND : Debabrata Roy (Pen)

Jun 18, 2005: (Lahore): Pakistan 3-0 India
PAK : Mohammed Essa, Tanvir Ahmed, Arif Mehmood

Jun 16, 2005: (Peshawar) India 1-0 Pakistan
IND Abdul Hakim

Jun 12, 2005: (Quetta) : Pakistan 1-1 India
PAK : Mohammed Essa
IND : Sunil Chhetri

Feb 02, 2010: India 5-1 Pakistan
IND : Jeje Lalpekhlua (hattrick), Lalrindika Ralte, Tirthankar Sarkar

June 18, 2005 (Lahore): Pakistan 3-0 India
PAK : Mohammed Essa, Tanvir Ahmed, Arif Mehmood

June 5, 2008: India 2-1 Pakistan
IND : N.P.Pradeep, Steven Dias
PAK : Adnan Farooq Ahmed

March 23, 2011: India 3-1 Pakistan
IND : Jeje Lalpekhlua-2, Steven Dias
PAK : Mehmood Ariff

September 1, 2013 : India 1-0 Pakistan
IND : Samar Ishaq – self goal


 India 1-0 Pakistan 2014

17.08.2014 : INDIA 1-0 PAKISTAN (BENG - FT )

INDIA: Amrinder Singh; Pritam Kotal, Joyney Lourenco, Sandesh Jhingan (Shankar Sampangiraj – 73rd), Narayan Das; Pronoy Halder, Lalrindika Ralte; Francis Fernandes, Sunil Chhetri, Mandar Rao Desai, Robin Singh.

FT : 10 Men India win 1st Match 1-0. SUNIL CHHETRI.
90': 4 minute added time. 10 men India is leading 1-0.
85': India is leading 1-0. Robin singh scored.
84': Pakistan got a chance but no score.
77': India got a chance to score from Free kick.
70': India down to 10 men.
68': RED CARD Robin singh for 2nd yellow card.
68': Foul of Robin Singh.
65': India is leading 1-0. Robin singh scored.
64': corner to Pakistan as Narayan well saved an attack of Pak.
63': Goal kick of Arminder.
62': Pak keeper Mozammel saved two back to back attack of India.
60': Back to Back 2 corners but no Impact.
60': Corner to India from Sunil's left sided attack.
. 46': Starts of 2nd half match.
HT : India is leading 1-0. Robin singh scored.
45': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : SUNIL CHHETRI scored for India from Dika's corner kick, assist by Robin Singh..
19': Robin missed a chance.
17': Pronoy's shot from robin's pass from out side box went wide.
13': Pak Player Mehmood Khan injured and in treatment in the ground.
8': Foul of Rabin Singh in Pak box.
5': Sunil's effort from Francis pass but cleared by Pak defence.
4': Corner to Pakistan, cleared from India box, Counter attack of India.
2': Mandar Rao injured in a tackle with Pak player now under in treatment.
1m: Match starts at Bengaluru, India in blue and Pakistan in White Jersey.
0m: India won last encounter against Pakistan 1-0 on 1st Dept 2013.
0m: Match will start at 3.30 pm.

 India 1-0 Pakistan 2014

AIFF MEDIA TEAM :: Chants and songs! Songs and bugles! Bugles and those tireless vocal chords! Still not satisfied? Add Colour to it! Bangalore needed to rise to the occasion and the Garden City did it, perhaps better than any.

For the first-time ever any Pakistan National Team played in a match in a bilateral Series in India and for the first time ever, in an International Football match in India, the crowd sang almost non-stop for 90 minutes – or should we say 94 minutes.

Football, they say, is all about the Crowd and the atmosphere. Spurred on by a vociferous support from the Stands, a 10-man India displayed exceptional character to hold onto a first-half lead to register a 1-0 victory over Pakistan in the first of the two matches of the International Friendly Series, organised and hosted by JSW at the Bangalore Football Stadium.

Perhaps, it was poetic justice that a local lad scored and Captain Sunil Chhetri, who plays his Club Football for Bengaluru FC, tapped it in after Robin Singh’s flick off a Lalrindika Ralte corner hit the post in the 44th minute to make the difference between the two Teams.

If that was sweet, the second half turned sour for Robin as he was given marching orders in the 69th minute for receiving his second Yellow Card of the Match. Thereafter, India played with 10-men against a "strong" Pakistan, a fact which National Coach Wim Koevermans stressed post-match, that he was "keen to see how the boys responded."

The goal came at the stroke of interval. Even as everyone was expecting the whistle for the break, India earned another of their many corners of the day. Lalrindika Ralte, who along with Pronoy Halder had played a stellar role for India in the AFC U-22 AFC Qualifiers in Muscat in 2012, and were displaying glimpses of their 'telepathy' on the field, curled in his corner at the first post which was met by Robin Singh. Robin timed his spotjump to perfection and his flick evaded all but hit the bar. An agile Chhetri poached on the rebound and gleefully converted from close.

However, earlier, Pakistan were faster off the blocks. But India slowed it down, seized the initiative, kept the ball to themselves and slowly pushed Pakistan onto the backfoot. The confidence was visible and a series of raids even paved the way for some more goals only for the rival defence to recover in time.

The best chance in the first-half came in the 29th minute but Pakistan Goalkeeper Saqib Hanif stood in between. The triangle of Captain Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and Lalrindika Ralte almost put India ahead. Robin received it from Chhetri inside the box and sent it for Ralte, but the latter's placement was palmed away by an acrobatic Hanif.

As the match progressed, the nimble-footed Mandar Rao Desai, growing in confidence on the left flank stayed a thorn in the Pakistan defence. First in the 34th minute, he set up Narayan Das, who crossed over to Robin but even as the rival defence managed to keep it at bay, Chhetri latched on to the second

ball, went past his marker but his push hit a leg in the jungle and deflected out. Three minutes later, Mandar feinted past Muhammad Bilal and tried to find Francis Fernandes inside the box but Riyaz recovered just in time as Francis was all set to head it in. Post resumption, Mandar was still weaving webs around Faisal Iqbal on the left. In the 56th minute, he dribbled past Iqbal to create space but his cross went wayward. By then, the Chhetri-Robin combination was proving too hot to handle. In the 61st minute, an one-two between the duo split open the rival defence and even as Chhetri went for a placement in the first post itself, Hanif managed to keep it at bay. The very next minute, another one-two found Chhetri in the clear but his left-footer went over; and in the 68th minute, Mandar’s powerful right-footer from the top of the box sailed over.

However, India received a setback in the 69th minute as Robin was given marching orders for his second yellow card offence. It reduced India to 10-men and, all of a sudden, much against the run of play, it seemed "Advantage Pakistan" especially with 21 minutes still to go. India did have their moments even after that. Mandar, Chhetri and Ralte interchanged between themselves and found space but Mandar’s cross was intercepted in time as Pakistan hung on.

The numerical superiority spurred Pakistan and they came close to restoring parity on a couple of occasions. Once, Kalemullah’s header off a corner bounced off the post and in the last minute, a placement from Saddam Hussain agonisingly went wide. The two Teams meet again in the second match on February 20.


20.08.2014 : INDIA ( 0-2 ) PAKISTAN - BENGALURU : ( FT )..
IND : Amrinde, Pritam, Joyner, Sandesh, Narayan Das, Milan (D Ganesh 76th), Lalrindika (Siam Hangal 46th), Francis (Doungel 46th), Sunil, Mandar(Clifton 67th), Haokip.
PAK: Muzammil, Ahmad, M.Bilal, Bilawal, Ahsannullah, Saddam, Iqbal, Mansoor, Mehmood, Kaleem, Sher Ali
FULL TIME. Pakistan bear India 2-0 in the second friendly match in Bangalore
90'+2':Back to back two corner of India, cleared in defence
90':Poor free kick of Sunil, went to corner.
88':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Saddam scores in open net in another counter attack through Saddam. Another one to situation to Saddam but finish it this time
87':Doungel's brilliant centre, but no one to headed it in
85':Back to back two corners of India, cleared in defence
84':Chance to India from Sunil's free kick, blocked
83':Too many tackles by Pakistan players and too many yellow cards.
81':Good counter attack of Pakistan and a one to one situation to Saddam, but his shot cleared by keeper Arminder.
76':Good chance to Pritam after he tipped the ball over defender and nearly create a one to one situation, but his shot well over the bar.
73':Sunil's free kick went over the bar.
72':Another good move through Sunil, but a bad tackle to him. Free kick to India in a very good position.
71':Forward pass to find Doungel, but ball went wide
69':India's move but Sunil is in offside position.
AIFF MEDIA PRESS RELEASE : Weekdays? What are they? Does Bangalore have any? Not at least, as far as Football is concerned. Contrary to general perception, fans from the Garden City flocked to Bangalore Football Stadium for the second match of the Friendly Series against Pakistan. The Crowd were treated to two goals in each half, but it came from rival Colours. An impressive India U-23 squad presently preparing for the forthcoming Asian Games in Incheon since July 1 surrendered meekly to Pakistan U-23 on Wednesday. Pakistan skipper Kaleemullah scored a direct free-kick in the 38th minute while the second was added by Man of the Match Saddam Hussain in the 90th minute.
Barring for the first 35 minutes in the first-half, India were below par, lacklustre and disappointing. However, India did have their chances in the first-half but a Team will always go back punished if chances are not converted when you have them. And in International Football, you don’t get them aplenty. In the first half, inspirational Captain Sunil Chhetri was omnipresent. He was always there for support in the midfield, holding on to the ball that extra moment for his Teammates to recover and get into shape.
On two Occasions in the first half, he was the man who made the difference though it didn’t break the deadlock.In the first instance, Chhetri, turned 360 degrees on to his left and as his marker slipped, his dipping long-ranger was fisted over by acrobatic Pakistan Goalkeeper Muzammil Hussain.If that was the attempt, he turned provider for debutant Haokip Thonhkosiem in the 37th minute. He twirled in between his Sher Mumammad and Muhammad Bilal and set it up for Haokip. All in the clear, Haokip entered the box but his attempt was saved by Hussian. But even off the rebound, Francis Fernandes was unable to finish it off.
It was miss to repent as off the very next attack, Pakistan took the lead. Lalrindika Ralte, who with Milan Singh was regulating the midfield till then, brought down rival Captain Kaleemullah outside the box; and off the resultant free-kick, Kaleemullah bent it past Indian Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh.Changing over, India looked ordinary. Despite trailing by a goal, there wasn’t ever any momentum nor urgency as Pakistan sealed the fate in the 90th minute through Saddam. In fact, had Saddam not muffed up a similar opportunity in the 80th minute where he failed to slot it past Amrinder, the scoreline would been more humiliating.

The buildup which stays the hallmark in the practice sessions was nowhere to be seen. There wasn’t much thrust, leave aside chances. The surrender was just meek. Hardly was a ball won in the midfield and a series of miss passes made it difficult to build an attack and restore parity. There wasn’t any support for Chhetri and it didn’t serve India’s cause.National Coach Wim Koevermans did try a number of substitutions in the second half but it didn’t yield any result. India had won the first match of the Series by a solitary goal at the same venue on August 17.
57':India's move, Siam's shot touches side net
53':India's corner, keepr Muzammil saves it. But he again looks injured. Treatment continues again
50':India's free kick, Milan take it. Another Pak player injured. Game stopped
46':Players Change in India: Siam in place of Lalrindika
46':Second half resumes
HALF TIME. Pakistan leading 1-0 against India after the end of first half
45'+1':Keeper Muzammiol looks injured, match stopped due to injury.
45': 3 minutes added time
42':Corner to India, Sandesh fails to reach for header
38':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Pakistan scored from free kick. Brilliant free kick by Kaleem beat keeper Amrinder and finds the net
37':Yellow Card. Bad tackle by Sunil and a yellow card to him
37':One to one situation to Boithang, but he missed a open sitter. Good block by keeper Muzammil
30':Pakistan already made 2 substitution.
25':Great chance to Boithang from Sunil's pass, but a wasted shot went wide.
18': Long ball to Francis in right wing but well defenced by Pak defender for corner. Corner cleared.
14': Corner to Pakistan in Arminder's left. Corner kick cleared from India defence.
13': No impact in the corner kick , cleared.
12': Brilliant effort of Sunil Chhetri from out side of Pak box but his long ranger right footer saved by Keeper for corner.
6': 2nd corner to Pakistan but shot went out.
2': Pakistan won a corner in Arminder's right but no impact.
0': India won the first friendly 1-0 against Pakistan : courtesy - Captain Sunil Chhetri.



India 3-0 Jiangsu Sainty
IND : (Sunil Chhetri 28', Robin Singh 65', Alwyn George 90')

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : 29.08.2014 : The Asian Games bound India U-23 National Team started their China Exposure Tour on a high with a convincing 3-0 win over Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty at the Century Park in Shanghai on Friday (August 29, 2014). Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and substitute Alwyn George were on target either side of halftime for the men in blue who prior to this tour drew a Friendly Series against Pakistan 1-1.

One time runners up Jiangsu are currently placed seventh in the Chinese Super League table having garnered 31 points from 21 matches so far. They fielded their second string side in this match. India started the match brightly winning three corners in the space of the first twenty minutes. But all three takes from Dempo's Mandar Rao Desai failed to cause enough flutters in opposition ranks.

But that was not to be so for long. A free kick from 25 yards was craftily swerved in at the far post by Sunil with the match only 28 minutes old. Soon after the Captain had another glorious chance to double his lead from the penalty spot after Robin was brought down inside the 18-yard box. But the AIFF Player of the Year's take was saved by keeper.

In between Robin couldn't quite pull the trigger from a one on one situation also failing to keep the ball on target on the rebound. But the tall Bengaluru FC No 9 made amends on the other side of the half when he leaped highest to powerfully head the ball into the back of the net from Mandar's perfectly weighed left-wing cross.

In the dying minutes, Mandar was in the thick of things again, this time laying the ball for Dempo man Alwyn who crowned India's day in office with a delicate back heel poke from close. India next play another side from the Super League, Shanghai East India on September 6.

INDIA: Amrinder Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Joyner Lourenco, Narayan Das, Siam Hanghal (Lalrindika Ralte – 89th), Pronay Halder, Francis Fernandes, Mandar Rao Desai, Sunil Chhetri (captain), Robin Singh (Alwyn George – 70th).


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