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India up for Indonesia test, says Fernandes

Kuala Lumpur: India head coach Bibiano Fernandes says his boys are ready to slug it out against Indonesia in their final Group C match at the National Stadium on Thursday.

India have experienced different highs in the competition, with a late goal in their first match against Vietnam giving them three points and a late penalty save by goalkeeper Niraj Kumar salvaging a point against IR Iran on Monday as the South Asians inched closer to a first quarter-final berth since 2002.

India not only soaked up the pressure against the Central Asians in the second half but almost stole the game at the end with Lalchhanhime Sailo coming close in stoppage time.

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With confidence running high in the team, Fernandes admits his team can keep their energy levels up and match Indonesia’s intensity.

“We are growing in confidence as a unit, I hope we can continue in our next match with Indonesia. They are are a strong team who beat Iran, hence it will not be an easy match, said Fernandes.

“They have fit players and are very strong in attack but we will show how good we are in the third match and keep going ‘till the 90th minute."

Indonesia and India are tied on four points and only need a draw to progress. Vietnam and IR Iran lie third and fourth respectively with a point each.

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