India suffered a 2-0 defeat by Jordan in an international friendly here on Saturday as the return of talisman Sunil Chhetri wasn’t enough for the Blue Tigers.
The 91st-ranked West Asian side left late as Monther Abu Amara (75th minute) and Abu Zraiq (90+4) scored, while India, ranked 106th in the FIFA rankings, narrowly missed a shot on target at Qatar Sports scored club.
India, preparing for qualifiers for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup finals, will meet Cambodia in a Group D match in Kolkata on June 8.
The game was India’s last pre-season preparation game before the Asian Cup qualifiers.
After going into the breather scoreless, substitute Monther put Abu Amara Jordan in front when his first shot from the 18-yard box line hit the top corner of the net.
Abu Amara then became the provider as he received the ball from Mohammad Abu Zraiq and then shoved it back to the latter, whose attempt went past Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who had little support at the back.
Jordan, the higher-ranked team in the game, looked marginally better than the Indian team going forward, with Sandhu coming on late in half-time to thwart a delivery that bounced right in front of him.
First, Jordan created the first two chances of the game – a free kick and a shot – but both went wide.
Even when Jordan wanted to score, the Indian defense stood their ground. Jordan came closest to scoring in the first half when striker Mahmoud Almardi’s volley landed in the net.
But in the end, India suffered another defeat in the international arena.
Chhetri, 37, last played for India in the 3-0 win over Nepal in the final of the SAFF Championships in October 2021.
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