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AFC Asian Cup 2024: Mighty Australia hands India 2-0 Defeat

India attacks Australia but ends up in wrong court AFC Asian Cup 2024

India faced mighty Australia in their opening match of AFC Asian cup 2024. In this group B opener Australia beats India 2-0 at the Ahmed bin Ali stadium in Qatar. Despite India’s commendable fight and brilliant work ethics Two second half goals proved decisive for the Asian Cup Champions 2015.

The match started like a David Vs Goliath fight as the sleeping giant of world football India is 102 FIFA ranked team where Australia is so much ahead of us with ranking of 25.

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Indian team shows absolutely strong mid block defensive discipline with two lines of four players with vertical compactness. On the other hand the Socceroos controlled the ball possessions and tried to catch the Indian players with long diagonal balls in the flank. The leader at the back Sandesh Jhingan has other plans with his boys in the back. He intercepted every goal threat, every aerial duel was won by him. Deepak Tangri and Make shift centre back Rahul Bheke were brilliant in their respective position.

Australia celebrates their goal
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Igor Stimac brilliantly used Deepak Tangri to block all the Third man Runs from the right flank. The Indian Speedster Chhangte troubles Gethin Jones by his blistering pace and creates half a chance for India but unfortunately Sunil chhetri cant capitalizes. Chhetri again superbly places himself between the two Australian Centre Back but his header was missed by few centimeters.

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In the second half Australian coach Graham Arnold makes a brilliant tactical change by inverted his wing backs to midfield so that Chhangte and Manvir had no place to exploit the space and the whole team was compelled to defense and sit back deeper. Australia gradually gained the momentum and tried to exploit India by the physicality and swift play style but India has all the answers for all crosses and shots.

But all the hard fight went to water as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s rare mistake to grab a cross falls infront of Irvine. Irvine made no mistake and gave the Australia team their most awaited goal. The second goal soon arrived for Australia with their two substitutes combining. Riley McGree caught Chhangte wrong footed and Subhashish Bose out of positions, his pin point cross found Jordan Bos for a simple tap in.

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The Blue Tigers attempted to come out and play out of the defensive mindset but they struggled to create opportunities, allowing Australia to comfortably keep their lead and secure a 2-0 victory.

Arkaprava Chatterjee
Author: Arkaprava Chatterjee

A passionate football follower Diehard messi faan Visca El Barca

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