2018 Intercontinental Cup (India)

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2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup
Intercontinental cup india.jpg
Tournament details
Host countryIndia
CityMumbai
Dates1–10 June 2018
Teams4 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions India (1st title)
Runners-up Kenya
Third place New Zealand
Fourth place Chinese Taipei
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
Goals scored21 (3 per match)
Top scorer(s)India Sunil Chhetri (8 goals)
Best player(s)India Sunil Chhetri
All statistics correct as of 10 June 2018.

The 2018 Intercontinental Cup (known as the 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup for sponsorship reasons[1]) was a 4-team association football tournament held at the Mumbai Football Arena in the Indian city of Mumbai between the 1st and 10th of June 2018. The tournament was organized by the AIFF as part of the senior men's team's preparation for 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[2] India won the tournament by defeating Kenya 2–0 in the final on 10 June 2018.

Participating nations[edit]

The FIFA Rankings, as of 1st June, 2018:

Initially, South Africa was announced to participate in the tournament but Kenya later replaced them when South Africa expressed its inability to participate.[3] The other two nations participated in the tournament were Chinese Taipei from AFC region and New Zealand from the OFC region.[2]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  India (H) 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7 6 Advance to the Final
2  Kenya 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3  New Zealand 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
4  Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) head-to-head match result
(H) Host.
India 5–0 Chinese Taipei
Report
Attendance: 2,569[4]
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
Kenya 2–1 New Zealand
Report

India 3–0 Kenya
Report
Chinese Taipei 0–1 New Zealand
Report

India 1–2 New Zealand
Report
Chinese Taipei 0–4 Kenya
Report

Final[edit]

India 2–0 Kenya
Report
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)

Crowd attendance[edit]

After a poor attendance of 2,569 for the first match of the tournament, Indian captain Sunil Chhetri uploaded a video[6] on his Twitter and Instagram accounts pleading for Indians to attend Indian football matches.[7] Chhetri's plea was endorsed by other sports people, including Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, and tennis player Sania Mirza.[8] People responded to the plea by booking tickets for India's upcoming game against Kenya, and the game was sold out before the match day.[9] The match was Chhetri's 100th cap for India in which he scored a brace, leading India to win 3–0.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Star Sports did broadcast for the 2018 Intercontinental Cup (India) on Star Sports HD2 & Star Sports 2. It was also streamed live on Hotstar and Jio TV.[10]

Goalscorers[edit]

8 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai Football Arena To Host Hero Intercontinental Cup From June 1". www.the-aiff.com.
  2. ^ a b "AIFF announces inaugural four-nation Intercontinental Cup to be held in Mumbai". 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Kenya replace South Africa in Intercontinental Cup". 7 May 2018.
  4. ^ "'Scream at us, but come watch us': Indian captain Sunil Chhetri makes heartfelt plea to fans".
  5. ^ @ThatUnitedLady (4 June 2018). "Attendance figures: India vs Chinese Taipei, June 1: 2569 India vs Kenya, today: 8890" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ @chetrisunil11 (2 June 2018). "This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "India captain Sunil Chhetri in plea to fans after only 2,569 watch cup game". bbc.com. BBC. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ "'Can I have a ticket please?': Sania Mirza joins Tendulkar, Kohli in support of Chhetri's plea to football fans". moneycontrol.com. Moneycontrol.com. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ "After Sunil Chhetri's emotional plea, tickets for India game sold out". economictimes.indiatimes.com. The Economic Times. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Intercontinental Cup 2018: Venue, fixtures and TV guide". Sulthan's Monologue. Retrieved 2018-05-30.