In the 2023 Intercontinental Cup final between India and Lebanon, the Blue Tigers emerged as the victors with a score of 2-0, marking their first win against Lebanon since 1977. The match was held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India, and was witnessed by a passionate crowd of 30,000 fans.
The first half of the match saw both teams evenly matched, and no goals were scored. However, in the second half, India came out strong and dominated the game. In the 46th minute, captain Sunil Chhetri scored the first goal of the match, putting India in the lead. This was Chhetri’s seventh goal of the tournament, making him the top scorer of the Intercontinental Cup.
India continued to press forward, and in the 65th minute, Lallianzuala Chhangte scored the second goal of the match, securing India’s victory. The Blue Tigers’ defense was also impressive, with goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu making some crucial saves and the team preserving their sixth straight clean sheet.
The victory was a significant one for India, as it gave them a boost of confidence heading into the upcoming SAFF Championship in 2023. It was also a historic win against Lebanon, a team that had previously dominated India in their head-to-head matches.