Indian football news: Bengaluru FC pip ATK, Thailand’s list of probables for AFC Asian Cup announced, and much more!


Welcome to another installment of our daily Indian football news. In this section, you will find all the news pertaining to Indian football that happened on the given day.

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Bengaluru FC pip ATK in an exhilarating encounter

Bengaluru FC players celebrate after Erik Paartalu gives them the lead
Bengaluru FC players celebrate after Erik Paartalu gives them the lead

Bengaluru FC pipped ATK in an exhilarating encounter at the Shee Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore in the Hero Indian Super League. This win consolidates the Blues’ spot on the top of the table as they are six points above the pack. ATK, on the other hand, are three points behind fourth-placed Jamshedpur FC, having played the same number of matches.

The referee denied two penalties to Bengaluru FC on the first half as Andre Bikey and Ricky Lallawmawma handled the ball inside their own penalty box. However, Bengaluru FC was able to put that distraught behind them and broke the deadlock at the 37th minute thanks to Erik Paartalu.

Kean Lewis gave a splendid cross from the left wing and, the Aussie towered above John Johnson and Andre Bikey to head it past the goalkeeper. As the game resumed in the second half, ATK was the more lively of the two sides and took the direct approach.

Balwant Singh found himself one-on-one with Gurpreet on two separate occasions but, he squandered the opportunities both the times. ATK took the direct approach, but Balwant Singh and substitute Eli Babalj were continuously caught offside by the Bengaluru back-four. The game ended 1-0 in favor of Bengaluru FC who will enter 2019 unbeaten.

Thailand football team releases their probable 27-member squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup

India’s group stage opponents for 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Thailand, released a 27-member probable squad for the quadrennial extravaganza. India will kickstart their campaign against the War Elephants on 6th of January in Abu Dhabi. Although they are ranked 21 spots behind them, India cannot take them lightly.

Here is the squad:

Goalkeepers: Kawin Thamsatchanan (OH Leuven), Siwarak Tedsungnoen (Buriram United), Chatchai Budprom (BG Pathum United), Saranon Anuin (Chiangrai United)

Defenders: Theerathon Bunmathan (Vissel Kobe), Peerapat Notchaiya, Tristan Do, Mika Chunuonsee (all Bangkok United), Adisorn Promrak (Muangthong United), Chalermpong Kerdkaew (Nakhon Ratchasima), Pansa Hemviboon, Korrakod Wiriyaudomsiri (both Buriram United), Suphan Thongsong (Suphanburi), Shinniphat Leeaoh (Chiangrai United)

Midfielders: Chanathip Songkrasin (Consadole Sapporo), Pokklaw Anan, Sanrawat Dechmitr, Sumanya Purisay (all Bangkok United), Tanaboon Kesarat, Thitipan Puangchan (both BG Pathum United), Sasalak Haiprakhon, Supachok Sarachat (both Buriram United)

Forwards: Teerasil Dangda (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Adisak Kraisorn (Muangthong United), Siroch Chatthong (PT Prachuap), Supachai Jaided (Buriram United), Chananan Pombuppha (Suphanburi)

Five clubs sue Pune District Football Association over the ban

Pune District Football Association (PDFA) banned five local football clubs CMS Falcons, Strikers Football Club, Phoenix Sports Club, Fatima Sports Club, and Jolly Range Hills from competition after a squabble broke out regarding their promotion from the third division to second division. The aforementioned clubs have taken the matter to court and PDFA president Vishwajeet Patangrao Kadam has been summoned on December 15.

The clubs were informed of the ban after they weren’t allowed to participate in the Guru Teg Bahadur tournament. The tournament organizers told the club management that they received directions from the PDFA to refuse them the participation.

Jaime Santos begin training for East Bengal

East Bengal’s newest foreign recruit Jaime Santos has begun training for the Red and Gold Brigade this Thursday. East Bengal team announced the same via their official Twitter account.

They further announced that Enrique Esqueda would be heading towards Mexico after the injury he sustained on his left rib in the match against Gokulam Kerala. He will back with the team on January 2019.

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