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Asian Games 2023, Football: Indian men’s team keeps their medal hopes alive with 1-0 win over Bangladesh

India earned a hard fought victory against Bangladesh after getting thrashed by China by 5-1, in their first match.

Aditya Kaushik

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New Delhi: Indian men’s football team have kept their Asian Games 2023 medal hopes alive after getting a hard-fought 1-0, victory against Bangladesh.

The veteran Indian footballer, Sunil Chhetri, was the lone goal scorer for India, after converting a penalty in the 85th minute of the game.

Bryce Miranda, a left winger, received a long pass on the perimeter of the opposing box in the 85th minute. Rahmat Mia, the captain of Bangladesh, fouled the winger, and India was given a penalty.

India gained a late 1-0 lead as captain Sunil Chhetri stepped up and buried the ball into the bottom-left corner.

The first half went goalless after the Bangladeshi goalkeeper, Mutul, managed to stop the barrage of attacks from the Indian forwards, giving the Blue Tigers a run for their money.

A critical victory for Igor Stimac’s team allowed them to maintain their advantage and advance to the knockout rounds.

Earlier, on Tuesday, India lost their match against the hosts China by a huge margin of 4 goals to one and was forced to play the rest of their group stage matches as do-or-die matches.

India was drawn into ‘Group A,’ alongside hosts China, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

India will now play their final group stage match against Myanmar on September 24, with a place in the quarterfinals on the line.

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