The Indian footballers gave a better account of themselves but that was not enough to a stop a superior Jordan side from winning 2-0 as Sunil Chhetri and Co crashed out of the competition at the group league stage of the 17th Asian Games here today.
Dominant India built on their impressive first match showing against Jiangsu Sainty with yet another clinical display to beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia 2-0 in their own backyard here Saturday.
Buoyed by their 1-0 win over a dour Pakistan in the last encounter, India will look to build on the momentum when they take on the arch-rivals in the second and final football friendly match here tomorrow, before leaving for Incheon to play in the Asian Games.
The local football fans will get a preview of sorts of the Asian Games-bound Indian team which will take on Pakistan in the first of the two friendly matches here Sunday amidst the usual buzz that is normally associated with any sporting encounter between the two neighbours.
Sunil Chhetri`s goal in the final moments of the game proved a mere consolation as India went down 1-3 to third division Czech side TJ Domalice in their final practice match at the Domazlice Stadium in Czech Republic.
National football team captain Sunil Chhetri`s participation in the much-anticipated Indian Super League still remains doubtful as the organisers of the new tournament are unlikely to extend the June 30 deadline set for signing India players under the central player pool draft.
Conceding that India has been left far behind in world football, national team captain Sunil Chhetri today said that the country should not think of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in the near future, and instead should aim to be in the top 10 in Asia.
National team captain Sunil Chhetri on Friday lent his name to the collaboration between Eric Benny`s Edukick Sports and French Ligue 1 club F C Metz, which has one of the best youth development programmes in Europe, with hope that it will benefit Indian football.
In an effort to host a successful Under-17 Football World Cup and put up a team that befits the occasion, national team skipper Sunil Chhetri today said he will be preparing a plan in this regard along with former captain Bhaichung Bhutia and reputed coach Derrick Pereira.
Aiming to beef up the technical know-how ahead of the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, AIFF president Praful Patel today suggested the formation of a special committee involving former and current skippers Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri.
Already crowned champions with one match at hand, Bengaluru FC would look to end their fairytale I-League campaign on a winning note when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in a final round match at Nehru Stadium here on Monday
His team`s name etched in the annals of Indian football history, Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri today termed the I-League debutants` triumph one of the most "significant moments" of his illustrious career.