India’s prolific run in the Intercontinental Cup came to a shuddering halt on Thursday as the Kiwis beat the hosts 2-1 at the Mumbai Football Arena inflicting the campaign’s first defeat. However, India have made it to the final and now await Kenya’s result against Taiwan to find out who they face.
New India, Same old problems
Apart from cricket, the only sport that the Kiwis have truly excelled is rugby. Coming from the Oceania region, New Zealand players have been blessed with a muscular built that India knew they would need to tackle wisely, which was seen in the flurry of tackles the game just as the game kicked off. The Kiwis were seen sticking to their strengths throughout the first-half as the
Stephen Constantine, who had handed defensive duties to Salam Ranjan Singh and Subhasish Bose in place of the experienced Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika, found the
Can Loris Karius breathe a sigh of relief, at least in India, now?
These past few months in football have all been about goalkeeping blunders. It all started with Bayern Munich’s Sven Ulreich gifting an easy goal to Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in the UEFA Champions League semis. It had caused a huge uproar in the club with the goalkeeper even publicly apologizing for what looked like the blunder of the season. However, just when Real thought they couldn’t get any luckier on their way to win the UCL title for a record third time, in came Liverpool’s Loris Karius with a blasphemous performance on the biggest stage on European club football and hand Real the title in the final.
The player has since been living a nightmare with now reports even claiming that the player had even suffered a concussion during the game. New Zealand’s Michael
India’s improved temperament a huge positive
Despite the two consecutive 3-0 wins that India had registered, the
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