Facing off after 21 years, India and China played out a memorable India Vs China international friendly football match in Suzhou. It was a gritty Indian performance, one that kept at bay wave after wave of Chinese attacks to ensure that India walked away from the match with a draw. Highlighted by India’s defence, the result is one that bodes well for India going forward. Drawing with a continental giant like China in their own backyard is a feat that deserves a lot of accolades and will see 97th ranked India rise in the FIFA rankings.
Coming back to India Vs China international friendly football match, the match was all about China’s attack and India’s defence. Throughout the 90 minutes, China hammered down on the Indian goal with all their might, pegging back the Indians in their own half. Onslaught after Chinese onslaught, however, failed to materialise into a goal for the hosts with their forwards continuing their goal drought.
China went into the match having failed to score in their last two matches. Looking to change that trend, an attack-minded Chinese side started the match on the strong foot, snapping on India’s heels in the opening moments of the friendly. Buoyed by the full capacity cheering them on at the Olympics Sports Centre Stadium, the Chinese team did everything in their capacity but find the back of the net, something that they were left ruing at the end of the match.
China’s best chance in the first half came to Gao Lin. Left unmarked on the left flank, Lin dispatched a well worked shot into the far corner of the goal but for Sandhu’s save. Despite failing to breach India’s defence, China went into the break confident, knowing quietly and fully well that this Indian side was there for the taking.
Come the second half, it took China just 50 minutes to hit the post. Unmarked once again, Lin struck a low-cross from the right the first time to rattle India’s post. India was lucky yet again after Lei’s half-volley cannoned off the crossbar to keep the score 0-0.
Relentless in their attacks, the Chinese came close to scoring again in the 77th minute. A scramble in India’s box was somehow kept out by the Indian defence with goal-lines tackle helping India walk away from the match with a result.
Though the result bodes well for India, drawing with a side placed 21 places above them, the performance is one that still leaves a lot wanting from the side. A lack of cohesion in defence left China in far too easily and quickly. There was a clear lack of communication with defenders failing to come into proper positions on more than one occasion.
The midfield too failed to shine, misplacing passes far too cheaply. Letting go off possession, the Indian midfield was far from efficient, helping China control the game in the middle of the park. These are aspects the side needs to address at the earliest with the AFC Asian Cup in sight.
For more details on India Vs China international friendly football match and related updates, like and subscribe to tentaran.com.