India and Pakistan have a historic rivalry in sports, including cricket and field hockey. However, when it comes to football, their encounters have been limited.
India and Pakistan have played each other in 29 matches. The Indian football team has been dominant, winning 16 of those matches and losing only four. The remaining nine matches were drawn.
The best kickstart India can get for the SAFF Championship 2023 is by defeating Pakistan on 21 June . Sunil Chhetri scored twice as India dominated the first half of their opener against Pakistan.Chhetri completed his hat-trick while Udanta Singh turned in one in the last 10 minutes of regulation time. India won 4-0 and kept a clean sheet for a seventh consecutive match.
However, a fight broke out in the match between the two playing sides.In the first half of the match, the Pakistani players were seen having a heated words with India’s head coach Igor Stimac. The incident took place in the later part of the first half on the sidelines when a Pakistani player was attempting a throw-in. India’s coach Stimac tried to grab the ball out of Pakistan’s players’ hands. This led to heated exchanges on the pitch seemingly between the Pakistan players and the India coach. But the players from both teams tried to intervene and get the matter settled.
Due to the incident, Stimac was shown a red card and he had to walk off the pitch. Assistant coach Mahes Gawli then took Stimac’s position on the touchline. Also, Pakistan’s head coach was booked for a yellow card along with a couple of India and Pakistan players – Jhinghan of India and Nabi of Pakistan.