India beat Australia, in covering more distance

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 20:10 PM IST

Doha: India might have lost 0-4 to Australia in their opening Asian Cup match here but they won in one department -- they outran their formidable opponents.

Indian players ran a total of 118.49 kilometres at an average speed of 6.91 km per hour while the Australians covered 115.00 kms at an average speed of 6.71 km/hr.

Captain and central midfielder Climax Lawrence ran the maximum distance of 12.53 km among the Indians while left winger Syead Rahim Nabi and right back Surkumar Singh were second and third with 11.95 km and 10.84 km respectively in the 90 minutes they played.

Luke Wilkshire ran most among the Australians by covering 11.46km while another defender David Carney and midfielder Jason Culina were second and third with 11.21km and 11.14km respectively in the Group C match played on January 10 at Al Saad Stadium.

The ball possession percentage was, however, overwhelmingly in favour of Australia at 65 per cent asagainst India, according to statistics released by the Asian Football Confederation under a new STATS Sport VU player
tracking technology.

Australia also had far more number of shots at goals with nine on target out of 28 they got.

Tim Cahill had six shots in the match and the two on target hit the nets.

India, on the other hand, had seven shots with only two of them on target -- one each by N P Pradeep and Sunil Chhetri.

Australia got 12 corner kicks in the match while India got none.

PTI