2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier play-off: India

INDIA BEAT LAOS IN AFC QUALIFIER, AN AWAY WIN SINCE 2001

2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier india vs laos

07.06.2016 : INDIA 6-1 LAOS ( FT..)
IND : Jeje 42', 73' Sumit Passe 45+1, Sandesh Jingham 47', Md Rafiq 82', Fulgancio 86'

INDIA : Gurpreet, Rino, Sandesh, Keegan, Arnab, Lyndoh, Udanta, Rafique, Sumeet, Chhetri, Jeje.
FT : India win Home 6-1 against Laos.
87': INDIA 6-1 (Aggregate 7-1) LAOS
86': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 6-1 to India, Fulgancio Kordozo scored from a pass of Jackiechand.
82': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Md. Rafiq scored from corner kick.
73': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 4-1 to India. Jeje score his 2nd goal.
58': Well save of Gurpreet off a close goal bound shot of Laos.
47': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-1. Sandesh Jingham scored from a well header from free kick.
46': 2nd half match starts.
HT : SCORE LINE INDIA 2-1 LAOS.
45+1': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1 to India, Jackie passed from left and unmarked Sumit Passi pushed right footer in empty net.
45': 1 minute added time.
42': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1, Jeje scored from a cross of Jackiechand Singh.
35': SCORE : IND 0-1 LAOS 32': Corner kick of Lyndoh just missed the target.
30': Free kick to Laos but shot went to Gurpreet.
20': Sunil trapped in the Laos box during moving but Referee deny to give Penalty.
20': India is trailing 0-1.
18': CHANCE to INDIA. Udanta's free kick went to Rafique and his header deflectd from keeper but jeje missed to score from close.
17': 2nd corner to Laos, Corner went to Gurpreet.
15': Still Score line India 0-1 Laos.
15': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Laos through Jersey no 7..
11': Corner to Laos, No impact.
10': 0-0 is the score line.
8': Free kick of Udanta saved by Laos Keeper in 2nd attempt.
8': Free kick to India as Sumit was fouled. 7': CHANCE MISSED : UDANTA singh right sided Cross but but cleared in Laos Box.
SCORE : IND 0-0 LAOS 3': Slow pace in thee match.
2': Foul Throw in of India.
1': India in Blue and Blue Jersey.
1': Match starts.
0': India won their Away match 1-0, courtesy Jeje Lalpekhlua.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE: Despite registering a solitary goal win in Laos in the 1st leg of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE Qualifiers, Stephen Constantine, Head Coach of the Indian National Team understands that the job is still “half done and anything can happen in the next 90 minutes.”

Speaking at the Official Pre-Match Press Conference, Constantine explained that “Laos are not a bad side and they worked very hard in the 1st leg. We have to concentrate on tomorrow’s game and aim to win.”It starts 0-0 tomorrow and we have no room for complacency against them (Laos). We respect Laos but we will try to beat them,” he added. “We are approaching the game from scratch and the only advantage that we have is that we have played them and we know them. Apart from that there is no advantage,” quipped Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri, sitting besides Constantine. “But we are ready for Laos and we need to win this match for the fans.”

“We are missing key Players such Robin Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Rowlin Borges, Bikash Jairu, Cavin Lobo, Pronay Halder – all of whom may have started tomorrow,” Constantine informed. “One of my main objectives was to build a Team for the future. ANd had I not backed the 25 Players to make debut for India, we may not have been able to put in a squad against Laos tomorrow. But we are not complaining,” he quipped.

“There’s competition for almost every position now. That’s such a healthy sign.” For the record, India’s 0-1 win against Laos in Vientiane was the ‘Men in Blue’s first win away win in a Qualifier since 2001. “When you wear the Indian jersey there is always pressure. In Football, everybody wants to win and even when there is no pressure, there is pressure,” Constantine echoed.

Highlighting on the gravity of the clash against Laos, he added: “One of my objectives was to reach the last stages of qualifiers of the AFC Asian Cup 2019. If we win tomorrow, that happens.” eanwhile, Jeje, Halicharan Narzary and Udanta Singh will be playing infront of their home crowd tomorrow and according to Constantine it is a “perfect opportunity to do show the crowd what they can do”. “For a Player to play in front of his home crowd is very special, I hope they score lots of goals tomorrow as they have the platform for them.”

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INDIA BEAT LAOS IN AFC QUALIFIER, AN AWAY WIN SINCE 2001

02.06.2016: LAOS 0-1 INDIA (FT.)
IND : Jeje 56'

IND : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rino Anto, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Md. Rafique (Alwyn George 89'), Halicharan Narzary (Seityasen Singh 46') Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua (Sumeet Passi 72').

2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier india vs laos

FT : India win 1-0 away against Laos, courtesy Jeje.
90': 3 MINUTES ADDED TIME.
89': INDIA CHANGE : Alyin in place of Rafiq.
88 : SCORE : Laos 0-1 India
75': INDIA CHANGE : Sumit Passi in place of scorer Jeje.
56': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Jeje Scores for India from a cross of Udanta Singh..
53': Arnab Mondol, got a ball in right but poor shot went wide.
46': INDIA CHANGE : Seityasen in place of Holicharan.
46':2nd half starts.
HT : SCORE : Laos 0-0 India
42': 2nd Corner to India, Lyndoh's kick cleared.
41': A Shot of Lyndoh from top of the Laos Box went out.
40': SCORE : Laos 0-0 India
69': A right sided attack of India cleared in Laos Box.
38': Long Goal kick of Gurpreet.
35': India defence blocked an Laos attack.
28': Corner to India but cleared by Laos Defence.
28': Shot of Laos from out side of India Box went for Goal kick.
25':Long Free kick blocked by Narayan for a throw in.
23': Udanta Singh was fouled.
20': SCORE : Laos 0-0 India
14': Slow pace in the match.
12': Free kick to India as foul to Rafique. No score from Free kick of Orange Jersey Lajos.
10': SCORE : Laos 0-0 India
8': Laos keeper injured and under in treatment.
4': Long Goal kick of Gurprit.
5': SCORE : Laos 0-0 India
3': Jersey No 22 of Laos shot went over the bar, goal kick for India.
3': Free kick for Laos near India Penalty Box.
2': Throw in for India in right.
1': Match starts.
0': Indian National anthem is going on.
0': India in Blue/blue jersey.
0': MATCH WILL START FROM5 PM AT VIETNAM

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Reality: Some 24 hours later the match kicks-off. Some five days after that, the return leg kicks-off. Threat: If you return empty-handed, there may be a vacuum. Motivation: To keep Indian Football in the mainstream of the largest Continent of the World and in contention for a berth in the FC 2019 Asian Cup in UAE, you have to win -- at any cost.

Peep into the National Team Camp and it won’t be hard to discover the mood. Not that everything at the moment is green. There are almost 11 Players ruled out, six of whom, National Coach Stephen Constantine feels would have “started against Laos.”A number of our key Players are unfortunately injured. In fact, in our last practice session, we lost another promising youngster who might have started,” he said in the Official pre-match Press Conference. “But there’s no point looking back and crying. We are ready with what we have.”

‘Ready with what we have,’ – it defines the attitude, the mentality, the spirit. It’s the patch on which the new-look squad prefers to walk on, and walk with authority.“Every Team plays to win. We will play hard. Some of our Players may be playing their first International match but I believe in their abilities,” he adds.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, who has had some idea of Laos’ Football while playing for Bengaluru FC against Laos Toyota FC mentioned “they are a good side.”Some of my Teammates have been in Laos before but for me this is the first time. 7-8 Players of Laos Toyota FC played against Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup. The first time, they won 2-1; the second time, we won 2-1. It will not be an easy game,” he certified. “We look forward to take as much information from Coach and give our best on the field.”

Vientiane is a nice and clean City. The tuk-tuk drivers look at you curiously when you pass by, couples holding hands and chatting in the Parks also try to figure out which sport the squad is associated with. On the streets when you pass the temporary stalls, the unmistakable smell of Thai soups tempt you to give it a try. The AFC U-14 Regional Girls Championship is on and the AFC contingent have got invitations to watch the match from the stands. The localites mention there is a quite a sizeable Indian population in the City who may also drop in to cheer.Constantine mentions about the misleading trend to “judge Teams by their FIFA Rankings.”

“There’s a tendency to judge Teams by FIFA Rankings. But we know that Laos have some good Players whom we watched in AFC Cup against Bengaluru FC. On top of that they would be playing at Home. So we expect it to be difficult,” he adds.Valakone Phomphukdy, Head Coach, Laos, nevertheless, admitted that playing at Home “serves as an advantage.”

“Our Friendly against Nepal was good. It helped us to test our strategy as to what we need to do against India. We have had some two weeks’ preparation for this match. Playing at Home serves as an advantage. Some of our Players have had the experience of playing against Bengaluru FC,” he stated. “We have been mentally preparing ourselves as to what it means to win for your Country,” he said.

2014 AIFF Player of the Year Eugeneson Lyngdoh stressed on the importance of the match. “It’s a very important match for India’s Football history. We want to see the National Team competing against the best in Asia for the next two-three years and unless we get something from this match, the door may close. For us to go forward, it’s do or die,” he quipped. The sentiment stays the same when you walk into each of the rooms. ‘Give your Best.’The kick-off at the National Stadium in Laos tomorrow (June 2) is at 6.30pm (5pm IST)