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Hero Tri-Nation opener: India registered win over Myanmar with Anirudh Thapa’s single goal

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Indian football team registered their first win with a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the Hero Tri-Nation International Football Tournament 2023 opener with Anirudh Thapa’s single goal at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal, on Wednesday. Anirudh Thapa scored the single and winning goal of the match in the 45th minute of the match.  

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India began the match cautiously. Meanwhile, Myanmar tried for an early goal. However, Indian men soon extracted opportunities through counterattacks. The Indian forwards, however, failed to capitalize on the chances. 

In the 32nd minute, Indian captain Sunil Chhetri had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. However, Chhetri failed to divert a cross past the Myanmar goalkeeper Sann Sat Naing. 

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Team India finally took the lead in the final minutes of the first half. Anirudh Thapa latched on to a cross from teammate Rahul Bheke and smashed it in from close range to make it 1-0 for his team.  

Anirudh Thapa | Hero Tri-Nation opener 2023 | Tri-Nation International Football tournament 2023 | KreedOn
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India tried to score another goal in the second half. However, failed to double the lead. 

This was the first match of Indian men in 2023. The football team last clashed against Vietnam in September. Indian men will next clash against Kyrgyz Republic at the same venue on March 28. 

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