Nehru Cup 2009: India loses 0- 1 to Syria

August 29th, 2009 Section: Internationals, Nehru Cup Football

Nehru Cup 2009: Sril Lanka Syria In what was an inconsequential match, India coach Bob Houghton made six changes with Abhishek Yadav, Sushil Singh, Syed Nabi, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Deepak Mandal and Renedy Singh making into the line-up. Syrian coach Fajer Ibrahim also opted for a new look side as in came Kawa Hisso, Hamzeh Alattouni, Bakri Tarab, Jwan Hisso and Raja Rafe.

Renedy Singh, with the skipper’s armband, had a shy on goal in the second minute from 25 yards which only just went wide.

India started better and had more ball possession however, the attacking intent from the last two games was missing. Renedy was once again at the center of things when his free-kick wasn’t well connected by Mehrajuddin Wadoo.

The West Asians scored from an Ali Dyab header, who did well to come from behind and jump over Anwar, to see the ball find the back of the net. This was after Deepak Mandal fouled Ali Alshbli from which Raja Rafe’s pinpoint delivery was enough for the Indians to concede their third goal.

Around the half hour mark, a Bakri Tarab’s cross saw Gouramangi’s clearance land at Rafe’s feet, who didn’t waste much time before unleashing a venomous shot which was well kept-out by Subrata Paul.

India’s best chance fell before the break to Mehrajuddin Wadoo who couldn’t well connect his header despite being in acres of space from a Syed Nabi cross.

In the second session, Syrians played comfortably and were never really tested by the Indians. Raja Rafe and Kaldini were at ease and choose to dictate the proceedings at their will.

Neither side had the clinical edge to their game to score a goal as probably the awareness of it being an academic one played on their minds.

N.P.Pradeep, who came in as a substitute, couldn’t find his lucky stars once again as his header from a Renedy Singh delivery came off the top of the crossbar.

Abdelrassak and Raja Rafe did ask a few questions of the Indian back-line but Subrata Paul’s excellence between the posts and Mahesh Gawli’s alertness killed any danger that came their way.

Indians finished their round robin games with two wins and an equal number of losses while fellow finalists have a 100% win record.