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King’s Cup 2023 Semifinal: India Vs. Iraq


Football  •  8 Sept, 2023  •  3,560 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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In a dramatic semifinal clash during the King's Cup 2023, India locked horns with Iraq. Regulation time concluded with both teams level at 2-2. However, the fate of the match was sealed in a nail-biting penalty shootout in the backdrop of Chiang Mai's 700th Anniversary Stadium, Thailand.

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First Half

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1.Indian Strategy and Iraq’s Press

Despite their iconic blue jersey, the Indian team, ranked 99th globally, was initially on the back foot, displaying a deep defence and countering strategy. Iraq, being the top-ranked team in the tournament at 70th position, showcased their dominance from the onset. India's defense led by Sandesh Jinghan faced waves of attacks but managed to stay firm.

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2. Scoring Action

India took an unexpected lead, with Sahal Abdul Samad leveraging an open space behind Iraq’s defence, assisting Naorem Mahesh to score the first goal. However, the lead was short-lived. Sandesh Jinghan's handball offence earned him a yellow card and Iraq a penalty, which Ali Al-Hamadi successfully converted.

Second Half

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1.Intensity and Equalizing Moves

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Post the halftime break, India displayed an invigorated approach, swiftly regaining the lead due to an unfortunate own goal by Iraqi goalkeeper Jalal Hassan Hachim. However, Iraq soon restored parity. Aymen Hussein was fouled inside the box, resulting in a penalty. He confidently took the spot-kick, sending the ball past the diving Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

2. Closing Moments

Iraq, in their zeal to find the winner, consistently launched long balls towards the Indian defence. They suffered a setback when Zidane Iqbal received a straight red, reducing them to 10 men. Despite the numerical advantage, India couldn’t capitalize.

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Penalties & Historical Context

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The no-extra-time rule of the tournament pushed the teams directly to the penalty shootout. Here, Brandon Fernandes's attempt struck the post, culminating in a 5-4 win for Iraq. This defeat marked India's seventh loss in their last eight meetings against Iraq.

Looking Ahead

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India is now set to battle the losing side from the Thailand-Lebanon match for the third spot. Drawing inspiration from their past, India recalls their bronze medal victory in the 2019 King’s Cup, following a win against Thailand after a defeat to Curacao in the semis.

Conclusion

The absence of Sunil Chhetri was palpable, yet the Men in Blue showcased resilience. The intense face-off with Iraq, peppered with key moments and dramatic turns, will undoubtedly remain etched in the memories of football enthusiasts. The focus now shifts to the upcoming match, with hopes of clinching the third position.

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