Tuesday, September 01, 2009

India win Nehru Cup!

I would go off category/genre of this blog today and give a little space to our(India) national side which won the Nehru Gold Cup Tournament today beating Syria on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

Syria had been the most dominant side in the entire tournament. They had won all their games and better still they had not conceded even a single goal. India also had fallen to the West Asian side on two occasions.

After the 90 minutes finished goal less the game progressed into extra time at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. India looked to have scored the winner in the 114th minute through midfielder Renedy Singh.

Syria however equalised very very late in the 122nd minute through Ali Dyab. 1-1 at the end of extra time and disastrous for India to concede such a late goal. Game goes to penalties.

After a drama filled penalty shootout India emerged victorious. Country ranked 156 as per FIFA rankings beats country ranked 95. Fabulous scenes inside the stadium as fans run onto the pitch (thankfully not violently!) hoisting the national flag and celebrate a monumental victory.India retain the trophy they had won last year.

India's wonderboys Sunil Chettri and Baichung Bhutia holding the flag (Image courtesy CNN IBN/AP)

However, India is a cricket loving nation and that fact was reminded of as the news channels ran ticker alerts of India's great win. A large media house showed its lack of knowledge about football by calling extra time as "TIE BREAK".

The text in Hindi reads : "Tiebreak ke zariye hua faisla" (Match decided in a Tie Break)

(Sorry for bad quality. Click on image for a better view.)

Congratulations to the Indian football team! :D



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