Defending champions India will face the highest-ranked team in Intercontinental Cup 2023, Lebanon at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubhaneshwar on Thursday, June 15. India are currently at the top of the table with six points while Lebanon are second with four points.
India are the defending champions of the tournament, having won it in 2019 by beating Tajikistan 4-2 in the final. The Blue Tigers started their title defense with two wins, beating Mongolia 2-0 and Vanuatu 1-0, thanks to goals from Sunil Chhetri and Bipin Singh. This tournament serves as an important practice for the SAFF championship in Bengaluru and AFC Asian Cup.
Lebanon have also won their first two games, beating Vanuatu 3-1 and Mongolia 1-0, thanks to goals from Hassan Maatouk, Hilal El-Helwe, and Mohamad Haidar. Lebanese are coached by Aleksandr Ilic who coincidently was a teammate of Indian Coach Igor Stimac at Cadiz in 1994. Lebanon are also preparing for the SAFF Championship and the AFC Asian Cup where they will face top teams from Asia.
- In six matches played between them, Lebanon have a superior record with three wins while India have managed one win and two have been drawn.
- The most recent encounter between the two took place in the 2009 Nehru Cup opener in Delhi, where Lebanon secured a 1-0 win.
- Indian captain Sunil Chettri has a history of scoring against Lebanon when he scored once in both legs during the first round of the World Cup Qualifiers in 2007.
Intercontinental Cup 2023: India vs Lebanon
When and where will the India vs Lebanon, Intercontinental Cup 2023 match take place?
The Intercontinental Cup 2023 match between India and Lebanon will take place on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm IST at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubhaneshwar.
Where to watch the live telecast of the India vs Lebanon, Intercontinental Cup 2023 match in India?
The Intercontinental Cup 2023 match between India and Lebanon will be live telecasted on Star Sports Network in India.
Where to watch the live stream of the India vs Lebanon, Intercontinental Cup 2023 match in India?
The live stream of the Intercontinental Cup 2023 match between India and Lebanon will be available on Disney+Hotstar and Jio Tv.
Where to catch live scores of the India vs Lebanon, Intercontinental Cup 2023 match in India?
The SportsTiger website and app will provide you with live scores and live updates of the Intercontinental Cup 2023 in India.
India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose, Rohit Kumar, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa; Naorem Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Nandhakumar Shekhar, Sunil Chhetri
Lebanon: Ali Sabeh, Jehad Ayoub, Walid Shour, Hussain El Zein, Mohammed AL Hayek, Ali Tneich, Nader Matar, Zein Farran, Soony Saad, Hassan Matouk, Karim Darwiche