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India’s fringe attack impresses in SAFF Championship opener against Sri Lanka

Indian National Football team coach Stephen Constantine backed his fringe attack to impress him leaving Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, and Balwant Singh back at home for SAFF Championship in Bangladesh. India were first up against Sri Lanka at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, and Three Lions new looked attack didn’t disappoint their manager.

India wins 2-0 against Sri Lanka thanks to goals from Ashique Kuruniyan and Lallianzuala Chhangte. Sumeet Passi and Farukh Chowdhury led India’s attacking lineup in absence of Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua. Ashique Kuruniyan and Lallianzuala Chhangte joined them on the wings and they really troubled Sri Lanka defence with their pace on the wings.

However, both the wingman missed many opportunities but thankfully they found themselves on the scoresheet. Kuruniyan and Chhangte missed many opportunity before finally Kuruniyan gave India lead. Sumeet Passi dropped deep in the middle and releases Kuruniyan on the wings to make run and FC Pune City winger made a calm finish to give India 1-0 lead.

Chhangte wasn’t impressive in the first-half with his missed chances, but in second-half he got the chance to double India’s lead in 47th minute and he took it. Delhi Dynamos winger made no mistake cutting inside the box and releasing a cross-cum-shot which ultimately goes into the net.

India continues to dominate the game as they have 15 shots on goal. They largely wasted their chances but you have little to complain as they’re playing their first game in absence of star playes. Farukh Chowdhury had the chance to shine but he misses a sitter in stoppage-time from Chhangte’s cross.

Overall, it was a good display from India’s fringe attack. They backed their coach faith in them in absence of key players. India’s next challenge will be against Maldives on September 9.

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