7/13/2019 11:26:29 PM (GMT+3)

Intercontinental Cup: DPR Korea beat India 5-2

Intercontinental Cup: DPR Korea beat India 5-2

AHMEDABAD: India go down to DPR Korea 5-2 in their second match at the Intercontinental Cup here on Saturday.

With two losses in as many games, India still have a chance of making it to the final if they beat Syria by a big margin in their next match but also hope Tajikistan beat DPR Korea in the other.

Lallianzuala Chhangte and Sunil Chhetri scored one each to reduce the margin for India, but DPR Korea captain Jong Il Gwan netted two and assisted another. Sim Hyon Jin, Ri Un Chol, and Ri Hyon Kin scored one apiece for the winners.

“We came out with out with heads up in the second-half. We had the courage and confidence when we decided to play football. In the first-half, we played without courage and self- confidence,” said India coach Igor Stimac. “I gave the players the chance to play and asked them to enjoy their football. But if you do not show courage and fight you cannot win.”

Down 0-3 in the first half, a couple of changes by Stimac at half-time brought back the thrust for India. The introduction of Lallianzuala Chhangte and Udanta Singh in place of Manvir Singh and Brandon Fernandes provided India the much-needed impetus.