KOLKATA: The Talismanic Sunil Chhetri returned to motion with a pleasant strike nevertheless it was not sufficient as India went down 1-2 to Indian Tremendous League aspect ATK Mohun Bagan in a apply match on the Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday.
Returning to motion after a seven-month damage layoff, the 37-year-old India captain was in his aspect as he utilised a Glan Martins cross to offer India an ideal begin.
However the Indian backline — minus star centre ahead Sandesh Jhingan and the reliable Pritam Kota who performed for ATK Mohun Bagan — crumbled quickly after with Liston Colaco and rising teen Kiyan Nassiri scoring a objective every within the area of seven minutes.
It was a impolite actuality verify for the Igor Stimac-coached aspect that began as overwhelming favourites within the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
The margin of defeat might have been worse as ATKMB missed a flurry of possibilities with Colaco, David Williams and Kauko squandering simple alternatives.
Jhingan additionally returned to motion after sitting out ATKMB’s AFC Cup matches final month and performed for 10 minutes within the second-half earlier than pulling out after a suspected damage.
The main points of the damage are unknown and it stays to be seen whether or not he might be accessible for ATKMB’s AFC Cup Group league opener in opposition to Gokulam Kerala right here on Might 18.
In a keenly-contested match, the 106th ranked India dominated up entrance earlier than the Mariners seized the momentum with Colaco’s strike within the thirtieth minute.
Colaco then arrange the profitable objective for Nassiri within the thirty seventh minute.
Within the absence of an injured Rahim Ali, Chhetri began out with VP Suhair up entrance as Stimac additionally tried out the likes of Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Ashish Rao, Akash Mishra, Jeakson Singh.
The Juan Ferrando-coached ATKMB additionally performed their major staff gamers within the first-half earlier than giving possibilities to the juniors after the break.
It was India’s first of the 2 apply matches in build-up to subsequent month’s Asian Cup qualifiers.
The second match is in opposition to ‘I-League All Stars’ which is scheduled to be performed on Might 17.
India subsequent fly to Doha to play two extra friendlies in opposition to Zambia (Might 25) and Jordan (Might 28) earlier than they tackle Cambodia (June 8) right here on the Salt Lake Stadium.
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