2007 Nehru Cup

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2007 ONGC Nehru Cup
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Tournament details
Host country India
Dates 17 August – 29 August
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  India (1st title)
Runners-up  Syria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 11
Goals scored 41 (3.73 per match)
Top scorer(s) Syria Zyad Chaabo (5 goals)

The 2007 Nehru Cup International Football Tournament also known as the ONGC Nehru Cup due to the competition's sponsorship by ONGC, was the 13th edition of the Nehru Cup a tournament organized by the All India Football Federation since 1982.[1] It was the first Nehru Cup after a ten year break from 1997 to 2007.[2]

The tournament was played in the round-robin league format and the final was slated for August 29 in which India defeated Syria to claim its first title.[3] Along with the host nation India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Syria and Kyrgyzstan also competed in the 13-day tournament at the refurbished Ambedkar Stadium, where new floodlights had been put up specially for this tournament.[4][5]

The total prize money of the tournament was $100,000. The champion team takes away a prize of $40,000, the runners-up receive $20,000 while the third place team will get $10,000. The winning team of every match received $2,500.[6]

Discussion[edit]

The Nehru Cup campaign started with an Indian 6-0 victory over the less experienced Cambodian side. India's Sunil Chhetri and Steven Dias had a great game, each of them netting twice. Baichung Bhutia had produced a wonderful performance in the match. Most of the game was played on the Cambodian side of the pitch. It was expected that India was going to take this one and they did with their second biggest recorded victory. Steven Dias was "Man of the match".

2007 ONGC Nehru Cup India vs Syria

Syria started this tournament with a 2-0 victory over Bangladesh, followed by three consecutive wins over Kyrgyzstan, hosts India and Cambodia. The four wins saw Syria topping the round-roubin standings with a perfect record of 12 out of 12 points. They experienced Syrian side was led by their best goalscorers Zyad Chaabo, who scored 5 out of 14 goals for his team and Maher Al Sayed with four goals.

Hosts India, after beating Cambodia, enjoyed another win over neighbouring Bangladesh. After losing to Syira, the decisive game for the second final spot was held between the Indian team and Kyrgyzstan. India won that game 3-0 and advanced. The goals were scored by the Indian forwards Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Abhishek Yadav. This defeat saw the Central Asian side finishing third, while Bangladesh and Cambodia finished fourth and fifth place respectively having played a 1 all draw in their game.

The Nehru Cup final between India and Syria was held on August 29, 2007 in New Delhi. India defeated their opponents 1-0 thanks to a goal from N. P. Pradeep and won their first ever Nehru Cup trophy. The Indian team received 40,000 US-Dollar for winning this tournament.

All games of the tournament were broadcast live by Zee Sports.[7]

Matches and Results[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Teams in green field progress to the Final.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Syria 12 4 4 0 0 14 4 +10
 India 9 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9
 Kyrgyzstan 6 4 2 0 2 8 10 −2
 Bangladesh 1 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6
 Cambodia 1 4 0 1 3 5 16 −11
August 17, 2007
18:30 IST
India  6 – 0  Cambodia
Pradeep Goal 16'
Bhutia Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Dias Goal 72' Goal 89'
Chhetri Goal 82' Goal 84'
 

August 18, 2007
19:00 IST
Bangladesh  0 – 2  Syria
  Al Sayed Goal 48'
Chaabo Goal 79'

August 19, 2007
19:00 IST
Kyrgyzstan  4 – 3  Cambodia
Samsaliev Goal 12'
Mamatov Goal 17'
Djamshidov Goal 48'
Harchenko Goal 65'
Sotitya Goal 34'
Rithy Goal 40'
Chum Goal 43'

August 20, 2007
19:00 IST
India  1 – 0  Bangladesh
Bhutia Goal 5'  

August 21, 2007
19:00 IST
Syria  4 – 1  Kyrgyzstan
Al Sayed Goal 7'
Chaabo Goal 44'
Al Zeno Goal 70'
Al Hasan Goal 82'
Diab Goal 13' (o.g.)

August 22, 2007
19:00 IST
Bangladesh  1 – 1  Cambodia
Abul Hussain Goal 30' Kasal Goal 90'

August 23, 2007
19:00 IST
India  2 – 3  Syria
Chhetri Goal 13'
Ajayan Goal 81'
Al Baba Goal 23'
Chaabo Goal 45+1' Goal 65'

August 24, 2007
19:00 IST
Bangladesh  0 – 3  Kyrgyzstan
  Lutfullaev Goal 28' Goal 54'
Djamshidov Goal 57'

August 25, 2007
19:00 IST
Cambodia  1 – 5  Syria
Vathanak Goal 69' Al Zeno Goal 25'
Chaabo Goal 35'
Al Sayed Goal 51' Goal 86'
Jenyat Goal 80'

August 26, 2007
19:00 IST
India  3 – 0  Kyrgyzstan
Bhutia Goal 39'
Chhetri Goal 60'
Yadav Goal 90+3'
 

Final[edit]

August 29, 2007
18:00 IST
India  1 – 0  Syria
Pradeep Goal 44'  

Winner[edit]

 Nehru Cup 2007 Champion 

India
First title

Goalscorers[edit]

Man of the Match[edit]

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