India defeated Mongolia 2-0 in the Intercontinental Cup 2023
New Before the match
The Indian senior national men’s football team is set to face Mongolia on the opening day of the Intercontinental Cup at the Kalinga Stadium. This invitational tournament, hosted by India, serves as a test for the national team’s readiness for upcoming continental and global competitions.
After winning the inaugural edition, India lost the crown to DPR Korea in 2019. The team is ready to reclaim the championship this year. The clash against Mongolia marks the beginning of their journey, and fans eagerly anticipate the exciting matchups.
India vs Mongolia live links, live updates, and the latest information on Intercontinental Cup 2023 are given down below:
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Intercontinental Cup resumes as a crucial event for the Indian senior football team, which is gearing up for the Asian Cup challenge in January 2024. The tournament features Lebanon (FIFA ranking 99), Vanuatu (164), and Mongolia (183) as the visiting teams in a round-robin format. The top two teams will compete in the final on June 18.
Where to watch India vs Mongolia live?
The Hero Intercontinental Cup game between India and Mongolia will be telecasted on the Star Sports network. Similarly, the match will be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.
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|Kalinga Stadium||Friday, June 9||7:30 PM IST|
|Live Stream||Live Telecast|
|Star Sports network||Disney+ Hotstar, JioTV|
Indian Football Team Against India
The Blue Tigers are 101 in the official FIFA rankings.
Having previously won a tri-nation competition in Manipur in March, the Indian team has reconvened for a three-week camp to prepare for the upcoming matches. They will be participating in back-to-back tournaments, with the SAFF Championship following the Intercontinental Cup.
Head coach Igor Stimac, after assessing the players’ fitness through tests, announced a 26-member squad led by captain Sunil Chhetri. Stimac acknowledges that while their opponents may not be as challenging as those in the Asian Cup, they are still competitive. Mongolia, in particular, is known for their aggression and young talent in midfield and upfront.
Stimac emphasizes that each game will present its own challenges, but the team has had sufficient preparation time. Players are eager to prove their worth in the national team. The two tournaments in June will provide India with valuable exposure, with teams like Lebanon and Kuwait (as an invitee in the SAFF Championship) offering a higher level of competition.
Mongolian Team against India
The Blue Wolves are 183rd in the official FIFA rankings.
While all three visiting teams are higher in rank than India, Ichiro Otsuka, the Japanese coach of the Mongolian national team, expresses his side’s determination to put up a fight and gain experience for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Stimac draws motivation from the immense support the team received in Manipur and expects similar enthusiasm from the football fans in Odisha, which has provided excellent training facilities. He also believes playing at home will be a significant advantage and hopes to witness a large number of supporters cheering for the team. Further, he attributes their success to passionate fans who shower them with love, stating that it leads to positive results on the field.
India Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Akash Mishra; Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa; Lison Colaco, Sahal Abdul Samad, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Sunil Chhetri
Mongolia Predicted XI: Munkh-Erdene Enkhtaivan; Oyunbaatar Otgonbayar, Bayartsengel Purevdorj, Munkh-Orgil Orkhon, Bilguun Ganbold; Narmandakh Artag, Tsend-Ayush Khurelbaatar (c), Dulguun Tuvshinjargal, Baljinnyam Batbold; Ganbayar Ganbold, Namsrai Baatartsogt