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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by ssp » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:21 pm

Yes, pleasing to win this kind of tournament after so long.

Not sure why the umpire and China contested our winning goal. Only thing I can think of is dangerous play, but as it was a shot on goal, that was not an issue. Didn't see any obstruction at the top of the D and no foul after the initial save.

There was a funny scene at the end of the match when our ladies tried to lift the coach and couldn't do it!! He is double their size and probably weighs 2-3 times as much as our heaviest player. ;)

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by PKBasu » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:30 pm

The pleasing aspect of today's match was that we made a small tactical adjustment, which made a key difference: at least 3 of our defenders always hung back, in order to thwart the quick Chinese counter attacks, and as a result the Chinese never really had too Many chances at goal. We were definitely the dominant side in the final, with only the third quarter being an evenly-matched phase of the match.
I don't think Deepa had a credible shot at goal before the final brilliance, but there were at least 3 brilliant long passes in the 4th quarter that created opportunities for our forwards -- one of which came close to a goal, but was shot wide (possibly by Deepa). Our forwards were swarming all over the Chinese D in the last 5 minutes, and the final PC was inevitable. The goal was brilliant of course, but it was the culmination of superb attacking teamwork at the end of the match.
The Chinese team was described as a "developmental" team, but not a purely under-21 team. Still required our 12th ranked team to play superbly to lift the trophy with a come-from-behind (yesterday) win today against the world #8 side and lift the trophy. The partisan crowd, almost wholly pro-India and very passionate, surely helped!!

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by sameerph » Mon May 14, 2018 12:11 pm

Our women's team is currently playing in Asian Champions trophy in Donghae City, South Korea .

5 top Asian teams- China,Korea,India,Japan and Malaysia are participating.

We started well with a dominant 4-1 win over Japan. In other matches, both China and South Korea beat Malaysia 3-1 and South Korea and Japan drew their match 1-1.

We play China in a key match tomorrow.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by sameerph » Wed May 16, 2018 9:04 am

Another very good performance by us to beat China 3-1. Good to get confident wins over Japan and China to start with. Now, we are the top of the standings with 6 points from 2 games, Korea at 4 and China at 3. We play Malaysia tomorrow.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by ssp » Wed May 16, 2018 11:46 am

The tournament is being streamed live on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsAxUdF ... e=youtu.be
Really excellent quality stream.

Nice wins against Japan and China. We look ok in this competition because the opposition is similar (or weaker in Malaysia's case) physically to us. We have rested 2-3 of our regulars.

We gave away too many PCs in both matches, but were good otherwise.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by ssp » Thu May 17, 2018 12:49 pm

We beat Malaysia 3-2 today, but it was a very 'Indian' performance'! By this I mean we did all of these in large quantities: miss really clear cut chances, mess up PC routines, concede needlessly, tackled like amateurs and got cards.

This was game we should have won by 4-5 goals at least. Malaysia had 4-5 attacks and got either a PC or a goal from each of these. We were poor with our last pass or just missed open goals. Our tackling was awful. Needlessly lunging in and conceding a free hit or worse. We are carrying 2-3 weak players, but I'm impressed with Navneet Kaur, Neha Goyal and Suman Devi.

Our play seemed reasonably structured, but this was because of little or no press from the opposition at this tournament. Not too convinced about the coach's attacking plans. Seems like an aimless whack into the D is his only plan. Just as the men approached their games in the Azlan Shah Cup & CWG. I accept Malaysia had packed their defence and so the circle was congested. However, most of the crash balls are going to be intercepted, so switching the ball from flank to flank to open up space is the better alternative.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by sameerph » Sun May 20, 2018 6:17 am

We are currently playing the final against Korea. Live stream here -

India vs. Korea

We are trailing 0-1 at half time. Korea is looking the better team here and could have easily gone up by higher margin but for some luck for us.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by sameerph » Sun May 20, 2018 7:30 am

We ended up losing 0-1. It looks close but in reality Korea looked a much better team. We simply did not have a good attacking plan and could not penetrate Korean defense.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by PKBasu » Sun May 20, 2018 2:43 pm

Good to see our women's team maintaining a reasonable standard. I watched the last two matches of the previous edition of this trophy (in Singapore), so am pleased that we beat China with greater ease this time, and only narrowly lost the final to the host team.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by ssp » Sun May 20, 2018 7:27 pm

Korea were the better team in both matches.

I feel we have gone backwards a bit. Our attacking play is not good enough to beat the better teams. We seem too eager to just whack the ball into the circle from any point in the opposition half. Marijne seems unable to use any other plans. Our tackling is the other sore point. We tackle so badly that cards are inevitable. All Indian teams do this. No composure but over excited lunges...a bit like children trying to grab a sweet!! 3-4 of our players are just too weak.

The WC will see us thrashed if we don't more discipline and cut out the silly errors that we are expert at! :-(

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by sameerph » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:10 am

Our team for Asian champions trophy in Muscat,Oman next month-

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh
Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Sumit, Nilakanta Sharma, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice Captain)
Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh.

Few changes from the Asian games team. It seems Sunil is rested and Rupinder Pal Singh dropped.

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by ssp » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:57 am

Vivek is playing in the Youth Olympics, Rupinder Pal is still not fully fit. Nor is Ramandeep andof course, Sardar has retired.

However, the real problem area is the forward line. We still have Mandeep and Akashdeep rather than trying out Sumit (who looked good at the Azlan Shah Cup) or Affan Yousseff, who has been banished along with several others. The 2 favourites remain to mess up things in almost every match year after year!

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