Two days ago in the semi-final of Kings Cup 2023, the Indian football team lost the opportunity to advance by losing to Iraq in the penalty shootout. On the other hand, Lebanon has been eliminated from the semi-finals. India and Lebanon entered the field to win the bronze medal in Chiang Mai, Thailand. India without Sunil Chhetri disappointed the Indian fans in this match as well. At the end of the day, Lebanon claimed the bronze medal by defeating India 1-0.
The captain of the Indian team has changed for this high-voltage match. Sandesh Jhingan has been given the captaincy instead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. From the start of the game, the mighty Lebanon dominated the Indian players. Although both teams had good chances in the beginning, they wasted so many chances. Sandesh Jhingan missed the target after 37 minutes. Then Anirudh Thapa’s attempt in the 39th minute also failed. The first half of the match ended in 0-0.
Then the second half started, with both teams desperate for a goal. But both teams were prevented from scoring. After 62 minutes, the Indian coach decided to bring on Manveer and Jackson and drop Suresh and Rohit. Another change was made in the 64th minute, this time coach Igor Stimac replaced Sahal with Rahul. Even up to 75 minutes, the scoreline of the match was 0-0. But as always, the Indian team conceded a goal at the last moment. In the 77th minute, Kassem El Zein’s goal led Lebanon by 1-0. After that goal, the Indian team tried desperately, but no more goals came in the allotted time. Lebanon beat India in the third-place match.