Not the most eye-catching performance, but a win is a win

FT: India 1-0 Thailand

The fans are happy

FT: India 1-0 Thailand

Second straight win over Thailand for India. They prove that the win at the AFC Asian Cup was no flash in the pan. They have now beaten Thailand in their own backyard without Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, and Jeje Lalpekhlua

FT: India 1-0 Thailand

That’s the full-time whistle! India get their first win under Igor Stimac and it’s a famous win away at Thailand. Anirudh Thapa’s goal the difference in the end, but it was India’ rearguard that made the win possible. The defence dealt with waves of Thai attack to get the victory. India finish in third spot in King’s Cup

90+1’ India 1-0 Thailand

Four minutes added on and Amrinder makes a superb save from close range. The Indian custodian does well to recover after coming off his line and not reaching the ball

88’ India 1-0 Thailand

SO CLOSE! Thailand miss a great chance to equalise. Sumanya fires his header wide from close range. Big miss for the home side

87’ India 1-0 Thailand

Adil Khan to the rescue again. He cuts off a pass into the Thailand striker threatening to run on goal. India survive

85’ India 1-0 Thailand

The game has lost its tempo which is good news for India. Maybe the heat has taken toll on the players. India close to a fine away win.

80’ India 1-0 Thailand

India win a free-kick in a promising area. But Sahal fires it straight to the goalkeeper. Ten minutes for India to hold on

75’ India 1-0 Thailand. India make their final change. Sahal Abdul replaces Raynier Fernandes

68’ India 1-0 Thailand. Almost a tragedy for Thailand. The back pass to the Thai goalkeeper is almost met by the Indian striker. The goalkeeper misses it only for his defender to clear from the goal line.

65’ India 1-0 Thailand. Anirudh Thapa breaks free from his marker before unleashing a shot on goal which is just wide. Good work from India’s goalscorer

62’ India 1-0 Thailand. Great chance for Thailand! Dangda fires his header straight at Amrinder. The hosts worked up a nice move there

57’ India 1-0 Thailand. Jackichand Singh comes on for Farukh Choudhary. Igor Stimac is freshening up his attack.

53’ India 1-0 Thailand. Thithipan shoots from distance but Amrinder in goal is untroubled

51’ India 1-0 Thailand

First change by Stimac. Manvir Singh replaces Balwant Singh up top.

48’ India 1-0 Thailand

OFF THE POST! Farukh strikes the upright with a low shot. Thailand get off the hook as Balwant fires the rebound wide

46’ India 1-0 Thailand

Second half begins. Igor Stimac doesn’t make any changes to his team

HT: India 1-0 Thailand

The players are out on the field. Second half about to resume

Igor Stimac and Co making the long walk to the dressing room today? It seems so

HT: India 1-0 Thailand

Anirudh Thapa’s goal the difference at the break as The Blue Tigers go into the break with a 1-0 advantage. Thailand have had their moments but India, especially Adil Khan have held firm. India missed a glorious chance to double their lead just before half time. Overall it’s been a close affair and reflects in the scoreline

45+2’ India 1-0 Thailand

What a chance! India squander a great chance to double their lead. Farukh races clear of the defence but decides to square it off to Balwant for a tap-in, but his pass is short and Thailand survive

45+1’ India 1-0 Thailand

BLOCK! Once again it’s Adil Khan. India hanging on ahead of the interval

41’ India 1-0 Thailand

India under pressure as the game approaches half-time. Thailand pushing men forward. So far India have had the answers. Adil Khan has been a rock in defence. A clearance and a tackle from the 30-year-old in the last few minutes

35’ India 1-0 Thailand

Adil Khan on fire! The Pune defender makes a goal-saving block before making a goal-line clearance from a corner. What a game he is having!

25’ India 1-0 Thailand

Water Break! Good performance from India so far. They have defended resolutely and have carried a threat at the other end.

22’ India 1-0 Thailand

OFFSIDE! Lucky break for India after Dangda is flagged offside after finding the back of the net from a cross. There was a Thailand player waiting behind Dangda who was in an onside position, but the skipper made contact and India survive

21’ India 1-0 Thailand

CLOSE! Fine counter-attack from India. Vinit Rai and Farukh Choudhary combine to set up a chance for Balwant, but Thailand scramble clear

16’ India 1-0 Thailand

GOOOOAAALLL! Anirudh Thapa puts India ahead after he taps in Adil Khan’s cross. Good from the defender to get on the end of a loose ball.

15’ India 0-0 Thailand

Thailand playing a five-man defence. The wing-backs have started to bomb forward in attack for Thailand. India need protection out wide

10’ India 0-0 Thailand

Thailand getting into the game a bit after a spell of Indian possession. Like Curacao, Thailand attacking India from the flanks

4’ India 0-0 Thailand

Good start by India. Look comfortable in possession. Early on, it looks like both Farukh and Balwant are playing up top with Anriudh Thapa playing just behind them

KICK OFF! Hosts Thailand get the game underway. They are playing in their changed yellow strips.

India take on hosts Thailand in the third-place play-off in Buriram.

DEBUTS TODAY: Raynier Fernandes and Amarjit Singh make their full international debuts for India

TESTING THE STRENGTH: Igor Stimac will be using his entire squad except for goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh unless he brings him on later in the game. The coach wants to see how all his chosen ones perform in games and not just training

MEN IN BLUE: India to play in their blue kits today. Jhingan will lead India in Chhetri’s absence. Huge opportunity for some of India’s youngsters to impress.

LINEUPS: Igor Stimac has rung in the changes for the game against Thailand with as many as eight alteration from the line-up against Curacao. Amrinder Singh, Adil Khan, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Raynier Fernanded, Amarjit Singh, Farukh Choudhary and Balwant Singh come into the team. No Sunil Chhetri for India. Sandhesh Jhingan leads the side

India take on Thailand in the third-place play-off in the King’s Cup football tournament with an aim to register their first win under Igor Stimac.

The 51-year-old Croatian has been trying to instill an attacking style of play ever since taking over the job from Englishman Stephen Constantine last month and though the team lost 1-3 against higher ranked Curacao in their opening match there were enough signs to build on.

On Saturday, India should go in much more confident against the hosts, having beaten them 4-1 in the Asian Cup opener in January this year. It would also be interesting to see what line-up Stimac prefers against the hosts. Whether he will continue with the aggressive formation or adopt a more conservative approach in search for his first win? We will know in few minutes from now.