SAFF Cup 2023 Semi-final : India vs Lebanon Match Preview and Lineups

SAFF Championship 2023




India vs Kuwait


                  SAFF Championship

Match Date:


Match Time:

7.30 PM IST (UTC +5:30)
6.00 PM UAE 


Sri Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium

Match Live Info



Prediction and Preview

India is set to face Lebanon in the semi-final of the SAFF Championship, a football tournament. India entered the playoffs as the second-placed team in their pool, while Lebanon topped Group B.

India's captain, Sunil Chhetri, has been a key player for the team in this tournament. He has scored five goals in three matches, making him the top goal-scorer so far. This includes a hat-trick against Pakistan. Chhetri's striking prowess has been instrumental in India's success in the tournament.

The upcoming match against Lebanon is expected to be a tough challenge for India, as Lebanon has performed well in the group stage. However, with Chhetri's goal-scoring ability and the team's determination, India will likely put up a strong fight in the semi-final. Football matches can be unpredictable, so it will be interesting to see how the game unfolds.

The highly anticipated SAFF Championship match between Lebanon and India is scheduled to take place on July 1, 2023, at 16:00 UTC. As part of the knockout stage, both teams are determined to secure a spot in the final. Lebanon enters the match with an impressive winning streak of three matches and a solid record of no losses in their last nine games. They have shown a tendency to keep the scoreline low, with five out of their last six matches witnessing fewer than 2.5 goals. Additionally, Lebanon has been successful in taking an early lead, being the first team to score in eight out of their last nine matches. Moreover, they have maintained a disciplined approach, with fewer than 4.5 cards in nine out of their last ten games. On the other hand, specific streaks for the Indian team are not mentioned. This exciting encounter promises a competitive clash as both teams vie for a spot in the SAFF Championship final.

 Lebanon and India have faced each other in several notable matches. The first encounter took place on September 11, 1977, during the President's Cup, where India emerged victorious with a 4-2 scoreline. In the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, they met twice in 1993, with the first match ending in a 2-2 draw on May 7 and the second resulting in a 2-1 victory for Lebanon on June 11. Subsequent meetings in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2007 saw Lebanon dominate, defeating India 4-1 on October 8 and drawing 2-2 on October 30. In an international friendly on August 19, 2009, Lebanon secured a narrow 1-0 win over India. More recently, they faced off in the Intercontinental Cup in 2023, playing to a goalless draw on June 15, followed by a 2-0 victory for India on June 18. Overall, the historical record between Lebanon and India indicates a competitive rivalry with a mix of wins, draws, and losses for both teams.

India predicted lineup: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Nikhil Poojary, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra; Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad; Naorem Mahesh Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sunil Chhetri.  

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