In a match whose result would have no impact at the finals of the ONGC Nehru Cup 2009, Kyrgyzstan led the first half 2-0 against Sri Lanka at the Delhi’s Ambedkar Stadium on Friday.
Both the teams played in the midfield area and never seemed to have zeal to win the match in the initial stages. There were hardly any impressive moves made; there were no clear shots taken at the goal.
Kyrgyzstan were more composed and played with accurate passes. The islanders on the other hand seemed exhausted and had hardly any control of the game. Kyrgyzstan failed to capitalize on the chances that came their way as Sri Lanka played with the offside trap.
But in the 34th minute Kyrgyzstan managed to break the offside trap as Vadim Harchenk sent in a well timed cross inside the box from the right flank to Anton Zemlianuhin and the latter slotted the ball in to give his team a 1-0 lead.
As the half progressed Kyrgyzstan kept on attacking at the Sri Lankan net and just before the lemon break, they broke the Islander’s offside trap once again. Amirov Ildar received a through ball in the right flank and Ildar made no mistakes in putting the ball past Lankan custodian Asanka Viraj to give his team a 2-0 lead.
The start of the second half had Sri Lanka dominating and reducing the margin in the 52nd minute. M N M Issadeen dribbled past two defenders and sent in a cross which was headed to perfection by Chatura Maduranga to reduce to the deficit to 2-1.
The victors didn’t have to wait much to extend the lead as in the 64th minute Harchenko Vadim’s cross to Murzaev Mirlan who slotted the ball in. Five minutes later Viraj misjudged the situation and Murzaev went past the keeper to send the ball to the center and Usanov Rustem tapped the ball in to give his team a 4-1 lead.
There was no looking back for the Kyrgyz as they pocketed three points from the encounter to end their Nehru Cup 2009 campaign on a winning note.