Belarus were the favourite as they took on the Blue Tigers in a friendly match for the national team. Belarus will also play Bahrain in a friendly as Belarus prepares for the UEFA Nations League matches. This was India’s first international match against a UEFA team since India last played against Azerbaijan in 2012. India later faced European rivals in February 2012 when India lost 3–0 to Azerbaijan. Belarus is currently ranked 94th in the world and were the first European team that Indian national football teams have faced in over a decade. Belarus is ten positions higher than the Blue Tigers in the FIFA rankings.
Thanks to the performance of Belarus in the second half, the team turned the tide in their favour and won the match. Despite the fact that Belarus fought well from time to time, forgetting about the moment, the Indian team had to score again and again. Belarus scored three goals in the second half as they beat India 3-0 in Saturday’s international friendly in Manama. In the second half, the scoring started in the 48th minute through Artyom Bykov, followed by goals from Andrey Solovey and Valery Gromyko in the 68th and 90+1st minutes. The Indian men’s soccer team held off the strongest Belarus team in the first half thanks to solid defence, but the European team showed their class in the second half, scoring three beautiful goals and winning a friendly match for the national team. Belarus upped the ante in the second half and scored three goals against India.
It was more about seeing how ready India was for this standard of football than beating the Hen. A top-notch Belarus started on an attacking foot, but the Indian men’s soccer team was content to withstand the initial pressure and find themselves in a friendly match for the national team. The first half was devoted to the defensive organisation of the Indian men’s national football team, which thwarted the top-tier efforts of Belarus despite the Europeans enjoying long periods of possession. The Indian men’s national football team opened their first debut in the 11th minute when Anirudh Thapa spotted Manveer behind the Belarus defence against the Belarus defence. Belarus had first tried on the seventh when they took a free kick outside India’s 18 yards.
The football in India has grown rapidly after introducing their football league, the ISL (Indian Super League), which has helped them find young talents. The Indian Football team will have a break for two months before participating in the AFC Asian Cup Qualification. India will have three matches against Cambodia, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.