India have actually reached the last of the SAFF Championship 2021 after a 3-1 win over Maldives on Wednesday at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives.
This was the 5th time that the Blue Tigers handled to win a video game considering that Igor Stimac ended up being the head of the group 2 years earlier in May 2019. India have actually till now played 21 matches under the Croatian Coach’s tutelage out of which they have actually won 5 times, lost 7 matches, and drew 9 times.
The Blue Tigers’ very first win came versus Thailand on June 8, 2019, in the King’s Cup in Buriram where Anirudh Thapa’s strike had actually made the distinction.
The emphasize of the Stimac period was the Blue Tigers’ draw versus ruling Asian champs Qatar in 2019. A gritty Indian side without their star gamer Sunil Chhetri had actually handled to hold the magnificent Qataris to a goalless attract their 2nd World Cup certifying video game in Doha. It was a perky efficiency by the Blue Tigers and a great deal of credit should go to their coach.
In his stint up until now, the previous Croatian worldwide handed debuts to as numerous as 21 Indian footballers. FC Goa full-back Seriton Fernandes and Chennaiyin FC forward Rahim Ali ended up being the 21st and 22nd gamers to make their worldwide launchings under Stimac on September 2 versus Nepal.
How has India carried out under Igor Stimac?
|June 5, 2019||Curacao 3-1 India||King’s Cup||Sunil Chhetri||Buriram|
|June 8, 2019||India 1-0 Thailand||King’s Cup||Anirudh Thapa||Buriram|
|July 7, 2019||India 2-4 Tajikistan||Intercontinental Cup||Sunil Chhetri (2)||Ahmedabad|
|July 13, 2019||India 2-5 DPR Korea||Intercontinental Cup||Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil Chhetri||Ahmedabad|
|July 16, 2019||India 1-1 Syria||Intercontinental Cup||Narender Gahlot||Ahmedabad|
|September 5, 2019||India 1-2 Oman||2022 World Cup qualifiers||Sunil Chhetri||Guwahati|
|September 10, 2019||Qatar 0-0 India||2022 World Cup qualifiers||–||Doha|
|October 15, 2019||India 1-1 Bangladesh||2022 World Cup qualifiers||Adil Khan||Kolkata|
|November 14, 2019||Afghanistan 1-1 India||2022 World Cup qualifiers||Len Doungel||Dushanbe|
|November 19, 2019||Oman 1-0 India||2022 World Cup qualifiers||–||Muscat|
|March 25, 2021||Oman 1-1 India||International friendly||Manvir Singh||Dubai|
|March 29, 2021||UAE 6-0 India||International friendly||–||Dubai|
|June 3, 2021||India 0-1 Qatar||2022 World Cup qualifiers||–||Doha|
|June 7, 2021||Bangladesh 0-2 India||2022 World Cup qualifiers||Sunil Chhetri (2)||Doha|
|June 15, 2021||India 1-1 Afghanistan||2022 World Cup qualifiers||Ovays Azizi (OG)||Doha|
|September 2, 2021||Nepal 1-1 India||International friendly||Anirudh Thapa||Kathmandu|
|September 5, 2021||Nepal 1-2 India||International friendly||Farukh Chaudhary, Sunil Chhetri||Kathmandu|
|October 4, 2021||Bangladesh 1-1 India||SAFF Championship 2021||Sunil Chhetri||Male|
|October 7, 2021||India 0-0 Sri Lanka||SAFF Championship 2021||–||Male|
|October 10, 2021||Nepal 0-1 India||SAFF Championship 2021||Sunil Chhetri||Male|
|October 13, 2021||India 3-1 Maldives||SAFF Championship 2021||Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri (2)||Male|
Challenges dealt with by coach Igor Stimac
The greatest difficulty that the Croatian dealt with as India’s coach was the 16 months space where the Indian nationwide group did not play a single video game due to the continuous COVID-19 pandemic. After a hectic 2019, where the Blue Tigers played 10 matches under Stimac’s tutelage, not a single worldwide match was played in 2020.
Thus after playing their last competitive video game in November 2019, it was just in March 2021, that Stimac got to reassemble the team. India played 2 friendly matches versus Oman and UAE in March 2021.