FT: IND 0-0 SL

It’s all over. It’s a second straight draw for India in the SAFF Championship and a second straight stalemate against an opponent ranked considerably below them in the Fifa rankings. India lacked creativity all along and Igor Stimac has some real questions to answer. It was a really poor performance and one that should put the coach’s job in real danger at any level of football across the globe.

90+4’ IND 0-0 SL

Four minutes of the eight stoppage-time minutes have been played but there is bound to be more as Sri Lankan goalkeeper has stayed on the ground. It’s a ploy that has worked quite well for them so far.

89’ IND 0-0 SL

OHH WHAT A CHANCE! Subhasish Bose puts it over from inside the six-yard box after Chhetri flicks a corner in his path. That was a big chance and India have not taken it.

79’ IND 0-0 SL

Sri Lanka have managed to disrupt the play by either winning or conceding free-kicks and spending time over it. The problem for India is that they have allowed Sri Lanka to do so. After a promising first fifteen minutes in the second half, India have lost their momentum.

72’ IND 0-0 SL

India get the ball in the back of the net but the referee has spotted a foul from Subhasish in the build-up to it. Probably the right decision.

69’ IND 0-0 SL

Sahal and Farukh Choudhary come on for Liston Colaco and Anirudh Thapa.

60’ IND 0-0 SL

CHANCE! A brilliant cross from Mandar Rao Dessai from the left but Thapa fails to tap it home. It was a brilliant cross across the face of the goal but India don’t profit from it. Much better from India in the second half.

58’ IND 0-0 SL

A good move from India to get Udanta behind the Sri Lankan defence in a promising position but there was no Indian player inside the box for a cross. Udanta doesn’t realise it and plays it in the dangerous area where the Sri Lankan goalkeeper collects comfortably after a Lankan defender chests it to him.

54’ IND 0-0 SL

A good delivery from Yasir from the free-kick. Chhetri does well to direct it goalwards but the Lankan keeper manages to save it. Slightly better tempo from India in the second half.

52’ IND 0-0 SL

Some nice trickery from Udanat Singh on the right but his delivery after going past the defender is disappointing.

46’ IND 0-0 SL

Second half begins. Stimac has thrown Yasir Mohammed in place of Suresh Singh Wangjam.

HT: IND 0-0 SL

A really dull first half with very few chances. The best one falling to Liston Colaco who should have put India in front but otherwise Sri Lanka have been fairly comfortable. Work to do for India in the second half.

45’ IND 0-0 SL

A chance for Subhasish with a header but he gets under it. A rare half-chance for India in this half.

40’ IND 0-0 SL

Both teams lacking any kind of rhythm and it’s a really scrappy game right now. This team needs a moment of inspiration.

30’ IND 0-0 SL

After a number of failed crossed attempts from free-kicks and corners, India take a corner short and find Udanta in space on the edge of the box. But his shot is well over the goal. So far it’s been comfortable for Sri Lanka.

22’ IND 0-0 SL

CHANCE! A big chance for Liston Colaco who was left totally unmarked inside the box by Sri Lanka. The cross from the right was perfect but Liston gets it all wrong with his header and fires over.

14’ IND 0-0 SL

An dangerous cross from the left from Mandar Rao Dessai that almost finds Chhetri but the Sri Lankan goalkeeper is alert to the danger and punches it clear just before Chhetri reached it. India causing Sri Lanka a few problems down the left hand side.

9’ IND 0-0 SL

CHANCE for Sri Lanka. India slightly switched off from a throw-in as Sri Lanka get behind on thge right flank and find a forward with the pass. The striker creates space and shoots but it is in the side-netting. An early warning for India.

6’ IND 0-0 SL

Early free-kick for India on the right flank. Thapa puts it deep but the Sri Lankan goalkeeper comes out of his line and collects it brilliantly.

4’ IND 0-0 SL

Positive start from India who are finding early joy on the left flank where Mandar Rao Dessai is playing very advanced, almost as an auxiliary winger.

1’ IND 0-0 SL

KICK OFF! The game is underway in Male.

4:30 pm: Almost time

The national anthems are done and it’s time for the action to begin.

4:10 pm: India’s dominant record against Sri Lanka

Matches Played: 16

India Wins: 9

Sri Lanka Wins: 3

Draws: 4

4:00 pm: TEAM NEWS - No recognised centre-backs for India!

Stimac makes three changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Bangladesh.

India XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Seriton Fernandes, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Glan Martins, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Liston Colaco, Sunil Chhetri (C).

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the Indian men’s football team’s match against Sri Lanka in the SAFF Championship in male, Maldives. India began the campaign with a disappointing 1-1 draw against ten-man Bangladesh in their first game and will look to get their first win against Sri lanka, a team ranked 98 places below them in the Fifa charts. Stick around for all the updates, analysis and stats from the game.