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Intercontinental Cup: India to face Lebanon again on Sunday

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India and Lebanon will square off once more in the 2023 Intercontinental Cup final match on Sunday. In their final game of the Intercontinental Cup 2023 on Thursday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the Indian football team drew 0-0 with Lebanon.

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Igor Stimac, the coach of India, made 10 changes to the starting lineup against Vanuatu in order to go to the final. Sandesh Jhingan headed the Indian football team while Sunil Chhetri sat out the contest.

During the India vs Lebanon final match on Thursday, India kept putting in perilous crosses into the Lebanon box, giving the home team another chance to go ahead. However, Ashique Kuruniyan’s close-range attempt to beat the Lebanese custodian was unsuccessful.

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When India lost control and Hasan Saad dribbled into the box in the 42nd minute, Lebanon came the closest to scoring, but Nikhil successfully cleared the ball from a precarious position. The foreigners frequently counterattacked but were unable to break through the tenacious Indian defence.

India pushed forward as halftime drew near in an effort to score, but Igor Stimac’s team was unable to capitalize as the first half finished scoreless.

The second half began with the same fervour, but the strikers were unable to put the game away. Igor Stimac introduced Sunil Chhetri in an effort to get the winner as the game was headed for a tie.

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Rahim Ali first received a through ball from Anirudh Thapa on the left, but Ali mishit it. The experienced striker Sunil Chhetri also had an opportunity to give India the lead, but he misjudged the ball and Lebanon held on for a draw.

Both teams will now face each other again on Sunday, June 18 at 7:30 pm IST at the Intercontinental Cup Final.

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