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Intercontinental Cup 2018: India vs New Zealand match Preview and Updates

Intercontinental Cup 2018: India vs New Zealand match Preview and Updates
Written by Abhishek Lohia

After defeating the Chinese Taipei and Kenya, the aim of the Indian football team is now to make a hat-trick of victory. Despite making the first place in the final, the Indian team will be in front of New Zealand’s youngsters in the last league match of the Inter-Continental Cup 2018 on Thursday. In this match, Team India will try to continue their unbeatable campaign. Previously, The stadium was empty in the starting couple of games matches of this tournament, but after sharing the emotional video of Indian captain Sunil Chhetri, the audience got up in the ground. The last match was Sunil Chhetri’s 100th international match, in which he scored two goals and help his team to clinches a 3-0 win over Kenya.

It is now to see that coach Stefan Constantine will give relief to Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jighan or lift the same last eleven. The match against Kenya was played between heavy rain and it was quite tiresome. If Captain Sunil Chhetri does not play on Thursday, Balwant Singh could get a chance to perform. In this game, India will join the ground with aggressive midfielders like Udantha Singh, Aniruddha Thapa, and Prannoy Halder.

India’s defense is also strong under Pritam Kotel guidance. For Kiwi strikers, Narayan Das and Subhashish Bose are good enough to stop them. This match will be special for JJ Lalpekhlua, who is going to play his 50th international match. India has the best goalkeeper in the form of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Between Vishwanath Keath or Amarinder Singh, only one could get a chance to play against New Zealand.

Prior to the game, New Zealand coach Fritz Schmid has said that the match would be a big challenge for both the teams. India has a great goalkeeper in the form of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu but a young Vishal Kaith or Amrinder Singh could be a game changer on Thursday. But despite India being the favorites to win the match, New Zealand could spoil their party by giving them a tough fight.

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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