It was 13 years ago in Guangzhou, China, when India made the pre-quarter-finals of the Asian Games 2010 for the last time before bowing to the continental powerhouse, Japan.
Seasoned Sunil Chhetri stole the spotlight for the umpteenth time on Thursday when India beat Bangladesh to stay afloat in the battle for a last-16 spot in the Asian Games in Hangzhou.
Currently, India are placed second in Group A behind China, who have six points. Both India and Myanmar have three points from two matches each, but India are ahead because they scored more goals than Myanmar.
Riding on a late Sunil Chhetri penalty, the Blue Tigers beat Bangladesh 1-0 in their Group A encounter at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
The Blue Tigresses suffered a heart-breaking 1-2 loss to Chinese Taipei in their opening game in Group B at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
Despite a brave first half performance, India fell to hosts China 1-5 in their opening group game at the 19th Asian Games on Tuesday 19 September at the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium, in Hangzhou.
India gear up to play their 57th match at the Asian Games, the first in nine years, against hosts China in the opening fixture at Hangzhou 2022 at the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 17:00 IST
India Men’s National Team Head Coach Igor Stimac stressed that the Asian Games will present an opportunity for younger players in his squad to prove their mettle, ahead of the team’s departure for Hangzhou, China for the Asian Games.
The All India Football Federation, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, named a 17-member men’s squad for the Asian Games, in Hangzhou, China, which is set to begin on September 19.
After three consecutive tournament wins, a 16-match unbeaten streak at home and a re-entry into the top 100 of the FIFA Rankings, the Indian senior men’s national team will head abroad for the first time this year in September for the King’s Cup in Thailand.