India suffers defeat in the first round, bow out of the FIFA eNations Cup
The Indian eFootball National team suffered a blow as they depart from the FIFA eNations Cup after winning just one of their ten fixtures as they failed to get past their opponents in Group D of the international competition.
Playing their maiden FIFA eNations Cup, India managed to secure victory points only in the away fixture against Morocco beating them 2-1 while the rest of the fixtures resulted in either a draw or a loss.
India 1-5 Italy
Netherlands 3-1 India
India 0-1 Poland
Mexico 1-0 India
India 0-3 Morocco
They registered their first-ever victory in the FIFA eNations Cup at the Bella Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark as they beat Morocco 2-1 in their last match on Day 1.
The FIFAe Nations Cup matches are played in a 2-v-2 format, with two of the three team members taking to the controllers to fight it out in the virtual arena, with one mid-game substitution allowed in each match. Charanjot Singh and Saransh Jain started all the five games for India on the first day.
It was a solid start for the eTigers, as they played out a stalemate against Group D top seeds Italy in their first-ever match at the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022. After a promising start, it was a disappointing second match for the Indian eFootball National Team, as they lost to the Netherlands by a narrow 0-1 margin, via a second half goal.
But in the third match, the Indian eTigers squandered a 2-0 lead to eventually go down to Poland 2-3.
Mexico was up next for the eTigers in Match 5, and the two teams probed and prodded at each other in an exciting contest. But the match ended in a goalless draw.
It was finally redemption time for the eTigers in the fifth and final match of the day, when they faced Morocco. With the first half ending in a stalemate, India upped the ante, as Saransh turned provider, while Charanjot netted a second-half brace -- first with David Gina, and then with Vinicius Junior.
Morocco attempted to mount their comeback with 12 in-game minutes left on the clock, and did manage to pull one back in injury time, but it was too little, too late.
Charanjot Singh, who netted three goals on the night said: “We were just taking it one game at a time. That’s exactly what we will have to continue doing today,” said India’s top-ranked eFootballer.
Saransh Jain stated: “I am not quite happy with the results but the manner we played pleased us. I think our offensive play was a bit shaky.”
Italy 0-0 India
India 0-1 Netherlands
Poland 3-2 India
India 0-0 Mexico
India 2-1 Morocco