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Friendly Match: India 3-2 Malaysia



The Indian national team has won its second encounter against Malaysia today.

Sunil Chhetri (2x) and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored for India, while Safee Sali scored a brace for the visitors.


International Friendly Match
at the Saltlake Stadium, Kolkata



1-0 Sunil Chhetri (39′)
1-1 Safee Sali (45′)
2-1 Jeje Lalpekhlua (47′)
3-1 Sunil Chhetri (53′)
3-2 Safee Sali (59′)


MATCH VIDEOS available at



33-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury; 9-Syed Rahim Nabi [C], 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 5-Anwar (61′ 14-Mahesh Gawli), 2-Debabrata Roy (62′ 16-Samir Subash Naik); 26-Francis Fernandes (71′ 12-Anthony Pereira), 7-Baldeep Singh (78′ 25-Jewel Raja Sheikh), 35-Rocus Lamare, 20-Lalrindika Ralte (90′ 15-Clifford Rayes Miranda); 10-Jeje Lalpekhlua, 11-Sunil Chhetri (89′ 18-Sushil Kumar Singh)

Gunasekharan Jeevananthan (73′ Mohd Sharbinee Allawee Ramli); Mohd Faizal, Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Mohd Safiq Rahim, Abdul Hadi Yahaya, Safee Sali, Mohd Azmi Muslim, Amar Rohidan, Umar Bunyamin, S Kunanlan, Shahurain Abu Samah



Riding on a brace from star striker Sunil Chhetri, India defeated Malaysia 3-2 in the second international friendly at the Saltlake Stadium here on Wednesday.

Chhetri (39th and 53rd) and Jeje Lalpekhlua found the back of the net for India, while for Malaysia, Mohd. Sali Mohd Safee scored in the 45th and 59th minute for Malaysia

The Indians played positive football and dominated the proceedings in both sessions.

The midfield combination of Baldeep Singh, Francis Fernandes, Rocus Lamare and Lalrindika Ralte combined well and never allowed the rivals to settle down. Baldeep was a revelation in the central midfield and stayed the pivot on which the Indian team revolved. Captain Syed Rahim Nabi also played an inspirational game.

Coach Savio Medeira was a pleased man. “The boys played their hearts out,” Savio said. “It’s good to end with a victory. We did make quite a few changes in the playing XI and it paid off.”

“The SAFF Championship is knocking at the door and we needed to give a chance to everyone to gauge their match temperament,” the coach continued.

“We didn’t get much time to prepare for the match but the boys rose to the occasion,” Savio concluded.

“We played well. It’s a special feeling when you score for our country,” star striker Sunil Chhetri said.

(Edited AIFF Match Report)