AFC ASIAN CUP QLF-2019 (GROUP-A: INDIA)
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27.03.2018: KYRGYZ REP 2-1 INDIA (FT... )
KYR : Anton.Z-2', Mirlan 72'.
IND: Jeje 88'
INDIA Gurpreet Singh, Lalruatthara, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das (Jerry Lalrinzuala – 46th), Udanta Singh (Seiminlen Doungel – 61st), Rowllin Borges (Anirudh Thapa – 82nd), Md. Rafique, Halicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh.
Table: Group A: (Macau 3-4 Kyrgyzstan)
Team M W D L GF GA GD PTS India (Q) 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13 (Qualify) Kyrgyzstan 5 3 1 1 9 7 +2 10 (Qualify) Myanmar 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8 Macau 6 0 0 6 4 16 −12 0
A late header from Jeje Lalpekhlua couldn’t prevent India’s 12-match unbeaten streak (official matches) in International Football coming to an end when the Blue Tigers went down 1-2 to Kyrgyz Republic in their last Group A match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at the Dolon Omurzakov Stadium in Bishkek on Tuesday (March 27, 2018).
The last time the two teams met, India rode on a sublime Sunil Chhetri strike to win by a solitary goal. India, thus, finished their engagements on 13 points having already qualified to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 earlier. The hosts had the perfect start to the match as they surged ahead in the 2nd minute itself, off their first attack down the right when Zemlianukhin Anton dug it into the top corner of the net.
The second goal came in the 73rd minute – the tireless and talented Murzalev Mirlan managing to swerve it beyond Indian captain Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s reach, who otherwise had a notable outing under the bar pulling off a couple of blinders.
Jeje reduced the margin in the 87th minute, Jeje Lalpekhlua heading in Halicharan Narzary’s cross in the 87th minute. In the first half, the hosts looked the better side trying to gain momentum with their deft passing. The Indians did press hard but Kyrgyz appeared more composed on the ball.
However, India did find the back of the net twice – in the 18th minute and then in the 30th minute, but on both occasions Balwant Singh was ruled off-side. In the 18th minute, Rowllin Borges’ free-kick from outside the box beat all, rattled the crosspiece and fell for Balwant who put it in but the flag was up much prior.
In the 30th minute, Balwant sneaked it and did put it past rival Goalkeeper Matiash Pavel but was ruled off-side as the home side held on to their one-nil lead till the interval. Changing over, Jerry Lalrinzuala replaced Narayan Das and was involved in India’s first shot on target in the half. Willing to overlap, he cut in and laid it for Borges but his powerful right-footer was punched away by Pavel. Udanta lurking around did pounce on the rebound but wasn’t able to be incisive.
Off the counter, an acrobatic Gurpreet came off with the save of the match palming off from close.The second substitution came in the 61st minute -- Seiminlen Doungel replacing Borges in the 61st minute. Gurpreet made his presence felt in the 67th minute when he stood in between from a hand-shaking distance to deny Kyrgyz their second goal much to the frustration of a packed crowd.
But the crowd were not to be denied for long – Murzaev making it 2-0 in the 73rd. Anirudh Thapa replaced Borges in the 82nd minute and seemed to have an impact on the proceedings. His fresh legs helped him evade the opponents and his desire to play it in the gaps stretched the rival defence.
It was off one such movement that Jeje headed in Narzary’s cross. But it came a bit too late.
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14.11.2017: INDIA 2-2 MYANMAR (FT.)
IND : Sunil 13' (Pen), Jeje 70'
MYN : Yan Naing 1', Ko Ko 19'
IND : Gurpreet Singh (GK), Jerry Lalrinzuala, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Pritam Kotal, Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Anirudh Thapa 82'), Germanpreet Singh, Halicharan Narzary (Bikash Jairu 76'), Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri (C), Jeje Lalpekhlua
ALREADY India Qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 for the 4th time. India Win Home Match against Macau 4-1 and is in top of the Group A Qualifier Table.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India came back twice from the back to share the spoils with Myanmar in the final home fixture of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers at the Pandit JLN Stadium in Goa. Sunil Chhetri (13') and Jeje Lalpekhlua (69') found the back of the net in either half to eventually register a 2-2 draw. Courtesy the -2 draw, India are now firmly cushioned at the top of the group A of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier with 13 points from 5 matches.
Having conceded in the 19th second of the match, India regrouped fast.A build-up down the left enabled India to restore parity when Hlaing Bo Bo brought down Captain Sunil Chhetri down inside the box in the 13th minute. The latter gleefully converted from the spot digging it to the left of the rival Goalkeeper Kyaw Zin to score his 56th International goal for India.
Six minutes later, Myanmar surged into the lead again as Kyaw Ko Ko rattled the back of the net from around 20 yards.But that didn’t demoralise India. Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary switched flanks and Udanta, in particular, did manage to sneak in past his marker on a couple of occasions but the rival defence managed to recover in time.
India came close in the 30th minute when Sandesh Jhingan leapt higher than all to connect Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s corner but an acrobatic Zin managed to keep it at bay. That apart, Chhetri ran past all in the 41st but his placement missed by a whisker.
After the changeover, Halicharan tried a couple of long-rangers to beat the Myanmar goalie but his efforts went abegging. At the stroke of the hour-mark, Pritam Kotal swivelled a scintillating cross from the right wing directed to Chhetri but his steering header missed the target narrowly. The reigning 'AIFF Player of the Year' Jeje Lalpekhlua finally, hit the target in the 69th minute to cancel Myanmar's lead once again.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh puts in a long ball from the middle of the pitch which was calmly converted by the sturdy striker. Stephen Constantine introduced the fresh pairs of legs of Bikash Jairu and Anirudh Thapa withdrawing Halicharan Narzary and Eugeneson Lyngdoh in the 76th and 82nd minute respectively.
In the 84th minute, Chhetri took a calculated free-kick which could have been converted by Jhingan but finally, the defender's effort got jammed into the goalkeeper's gloves. India were awarded an indirect free-kick in the 86th minute and skipper Sunil Chhetri was spot on to hit the target once again, but his goal got cancelled as it went into the goal directly.
In the added time, Jeje and Thapa combined well to pass it to Chhetri but the skipper's effort went just over the crossbar. There were some nervy moments towards the end but the scoreline remained same until the final whistle. India will play their last match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers against the Kyrgyz Republic on March 27, 2018.
11.10.2017: INDIA QUALIFY FOR AFC ASIAN CUP UAE 2019
INDIA : Gurpreet, Pritam, Anas (77' - Salam Ranjan), Sandesh, Narayan, Jackichand (45'- Balwant), Rowllin (65'Rafique), E.Lyngdoh, Halicharan, Sunil Chhetri (C), Jeje.
11.10.2017 : PRESS RELEASE AIFF : Amidst the successful hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 where the Indian U-17 National team have won hearts of 1.3 billion people with their stupendous performances, the Senior Indian National team who were already on track for a qualification to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 felt it best to settle matters on Wednesday (October 11, 2017) itself, that too with two more matches left.
11.10.2017(AFC ASIAN QLF) : INDIA 4-1 MACAU - FT
IND : ROWLIN BORGES 33', Sunil Chhetri 61', OG 70', Jeje 90'+2'
MAC : Niki TORRAO 37'
IND: Gurpreet, Anas, Narayan, Pritam, Sandesh, Holicharan, Rowllin, Eugeneson, Jackichand, Sunil, Jeje.
The following teams have qualified for the tournament - UAE, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Iran, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Syria, China, India, Palestine, Oman.
FT : India Qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 for the 4th time. India Win Home Match against Macau 4-1 and is in top of the Group A Qualifier Table.
Table: Group A:
Team M W D L GF GA GD PTS India (Q) 4 4 0 0 8 1 +7 12 Kyrgyzstan 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 Myanmar 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 4 Macau 4 0 0 4 1 11 −10 090+2': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 4-1 now India. Sunil's pass and Jeje touch finds the net. India leading the Group A table.
87': FEW MINUTES LEFT. 84' India are on the verge of making QUALIFY into the AFC ASIAN CUP - UAE 2019.
80': India is leading 3-1 now.
70': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-1 Leading by India..Holicharan's cross from right flank, HO MAN FAI tries to clear the ball but ball finds net. Own goal for Macau's Ho Man Fai.
61': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1 For India. Chhetri doubled the margin as Jeje gave towards Balwant who gave final pass to Chhetri.
60': SCORE : 1-1 Score line.
46': 2ND HALF STARTS.
HT : 1-1 Score line.
45': 1 minute added time.
37': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1. Niki TORRAO scored for Macau.
33': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 for India. Rowllin Borges scored. Rowllin's shot outside the box, deflected and finds the net.
30': 0-0 IS THE SCORE LINE.
22': Free kick for India top of the box, Sunil's shot wide.
15': Corner for Macau. No Score.
5': 0-0 IS THE SCORE LINE.
0': MATCH STARTS AT KANTEERAVA STAD.
Sunil Chhetri led India beat Macau 4-1 to register their fourth successive win in as many matches (Group A) at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru to script India’s 2nd qualification to the AFC Asian Cup in last 8 years, and 4th overall. India had last qualified to the AFC Asian Cup in Doha in 2011. The winners led 1-1 at the interval.
The first goal came in the 28th minute. Off a build-up down the left, Rowllin Borges after receiving it from Jeje Lalpekhlua preferred to turn and his right-footer hit rival captain Cheang Cheng and went in. The second goal came as a relief for most of the fans, and it came in the 60th minute. The triangle of Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh and Sunil Chhetri did the trick. Jeje essayed it to Balwant in vacant space who sped past his marker and laid it for Chhetri at the other end to tap it in.
The path to the qualification to Asian Cup UAE 2019 became all the broader when in the 70th minute a Halicharan shot deflected off a defender and rolled over the head of Man Fai. Jeje Lalpekhlua added more gloss to the scoreline in added extra time (90+2') to score India's fourth goal and complete mission Macau. On a night where it rained almost all throughout, India pressed the pedal from right from the kick-off. A corner was earned in the first minute itself and thereafter there were a barrage of attacks.
In the 20th minute, Lao Pak Kin was yellow carded for pulling Sunil Chhetri off the ball, but Chhetri’s free-kick sailed over. The very next minute, Pritam Kotal’s centre bounced of rival Goalkeeper Ho Man Fai’s hands but he managed to hold on in the second attempt. Borges’ put India in the lead in the 28th minute but it didn’t last long – Nicholas Mario sneaking in between the defenders to head it in nine minutes later. The drizzle had stopped by then and both teams headed to the interval at 1-1.
Changing over, Balwant Singh came in for Jackichand Singh. Even as India very much like the first half seized the initiative, it was not until the 55th minute that the Blue Tigers had a shy at the goal. But an acrobatic Ho Man Fai kept off Sandesh Jhingan’s header off a Eugeneson Lyngdoh corner. Chhetri, as he is wont to do, scored his 55th International goal in the 60th minute and two minutes later, Balwant the feeder could have sealed it but his placement just went wide after an onrushing Man Fai had managed to narrow down the angle.
Constantine made his second change in the 65th minute – Md Rafique coming in for Borges. The third goal for India came in the 70th minute and with some 20 minutes remaining the fate seemed to have been more or less sealed.
The third substitution was made in the 77th minute-Salam Ranjan Singh replacing Anas Edathodika and making his debut for the Indian National Team in the process. In the 86th minute, Jeje almost gave the Macau defence a scare when he shot at half turn after Sunil Chhetri found him near the box. The shot flew inches wide of the goal as Macau survived to tell the tale. Three minutes later, Balwant Singh put a goal on Jeje's plate but Jeje, a little too eager was caught offside with only the net to find after he rounded off the goalkeeper.
However, it was written in the stars for Jeje Lalpekhlua as the Mizo striker found the net in the dying embers of the match, tapping in a Sunil Chhetri pass to make the scoreline read 4-1. The full-time scoreline read 4-1 as India marched onto qualification for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
INDIA TO FACE MACAU IN HOME MATCH TOMORROW
10.10.2017: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : "We can't let the opportunity slip. We have to win tomorrow's game and there's no alternative from working harder and harder,” Captain Marvel Sunil Chhetri said in the pre-match press conference before taking on Macau in the fourth match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru tomorrow (October 11, 2017).
"We are going through a good run but we can't afford to take tomorrow’s game lightly. We have to get it going and make it count. We need three points,” Chhetri stated. Coach Stephen Constantine also preferred to speak in the same tone referring to the match against Macau as a “crucial one.”We’re very close to qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup but we're still not there. We can't think about anything but getting a positive result. We respect every opponent and our philosophy won’t change against Macau too,” Constantine stated.
"We have refurbished the team. The average age of the National Team is around 24. The World Cup qualification stage was a learning curve for us and now we're just one breath away from the AFC Asian Cup. That's what we have achieved and I believe, we have built a team for next 4-5 years at least,” Stephen Constantine maintained.
On being asked what Sunil Chhetri undergoes to keep the fitness level at par with the younger bunch of players, Chhetri quipped: "I don’t do anything special, trust me. Playing for my country is the biggest motivation for me and it keeps driving me always. I won't let anyone take my place just for the sake of it. I will keep working hard day in and day out and fight for my place in the team."
In the away fixture the men in Blue had to toil really hard to breach the resilient Macau defence until Balwant Singh hit the target twice. Chhetri referred to that and stated that 'Macau is not to be taken lightly anytime. "We have worked on our strategies. Yes, we struggled there. We had to work hard to penetrate them. In no way, we can take them lightly. We did work on our mistakes and I hope we'll implement them on the pitch tomorrow."
"The AFC Asian Cup is massive. It's the biggest tournament which an Asian team can play. But, as gaffer said, it’s not done yet. In my playing career of 14 years, I have been in this situation before. We are taking the game with the same philosophy. Now, our only focus is to qualify. Once we do, we will surely cherish the memory."
Meanwhile, Stephen Constantine informed that he has no injury worries and his full squad is ready to give it a shot tomorrow. Macau Head coach Chan Hiu Ming rated the Stephen Constantine-coached side very highly at the pre-match press conference. "India are the better team undoubtedly. We're trying to close the gaps. They have quite a few great players, like 11 (Sunil Chhetri) and others. We'll give our best and it's going to be a great experience for my boys."
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7.30pm.
INDIA SR TEAM LAST MATCHES
03.05.2016 : SAFF Final India 2-1 Afghanistan 24.03.2016 : WC QLF Iran 4-0 India 29.03.2016 : WC QLF India 1-2 Turkmenistan 02.06.2016 : Asian Cup QLF Laos 0-1 India 07.06.2016 : Asian Cup QLF India 6-1 Laos 13.06.2016 : Friendly Bhutan 0-3 India 03.09.2016 : Friendly India 4-1 Puerto Rico 22.03.2017 : Friendly Cambodia 2-3 India 28.03.2017 : Asian Cup QLF Myanmar 0-1 India 06.06.2017 : Friendly India 2-0 Nepal 13.06.2017 : Asian Cup QLF India 1-0 KYRGYZSTAN 05.09.2017 : Asian Cup QLF India 2-0 Macau
05.09.2017 : MACAU 0-2 INDIA (FT)
IND : Balwant Singh 57', 82'
IND : Gurpreet, Pritam, Sandesh, Anas, Narayan, Udanta, E.Lyngdoh, Rowllin, Holicharan, Sunil, Jeje
MAC : Ho Man, Lei Ka, Carlos, Choi, Paulo, Tong, Seng, Hou, Cheng, Le Ka, Hang
REF: Ahmed Faisal(Jordon).
FULL TIME 11 matches unbeaten run continues for India with a fine 2-0 win against Macau.
90'+2':India added one more goal but ruled out due to OFFSIDE
90': 3 minutes to be added on in Macau Olympic Complex.
89':Jackichand's cross, cleared in defence.
86':Players Change in India: Germanpreet in place of Jeje.
85':Holicharan's cross to find Balwant, went just wide.
82':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Balwant scores again for India. Misunderstanding in Macau defence and Balwant capitalise it.
79':Players Change in India: Jackichand in place Udanta.
79':Holicharan's shot, went wide.
78':It's complete India's dominance so far in 2nd half.
75':Macau's move after a long time, Anas cleared it.
74':Udanta's cross, Balwant's another header went over the bar.
72':Rowllin's corner, Balwant's header find side net.
71':Attack through Sunil and Jeje. Defence cleared it. Another corner.
70':Udanta tries one, inches wide.
69':Rowllin's corner, Sunil tries acrobatic but finds Ho Man.
69':Another corner to India.
66':Udanta's cross, blocked.
64':Another corner to India, short corner, cross but Balwant is in OFFSIDE position.
63':Rowllin's corner, cleared in defence.
63':What a strike by Pritam. His long ranger effort and a fine save by Ho Man. Corner to India.
61':Pritam's cross, Balwant's another fine header, went wide.
60':Udanta's cross from right flank, went wide.
58':Sunil's shot, blocked.
57':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Narayan's cross and Balwant's fine header finds the net.
54':Sunil's free kick, went over the bar.
53':Foul against Udanta, free kick to India in a very good position.
50':Pritam's cross, Sunil's header DENIED BY THE POST. Keeper Collect the ball after that.
49':Pritam's cross, Balwant's fine header missed by a whisker.
48':Narayan's cross, Balwant's flick, went wide.
47':Holicharan's cross, blocked and cleared.
47':Jeje's header from cross, went wide.
46':Rowllin's corner, cleared in defence.
46':Second half resumed.
46':Players Change in India: Balwant Singh in place of Eugeneson Lyngdoh.
HALF TIME Score remains goalless at half time between Macau and India.
45':1 minute of added time.
44':Udanta's cross from right, Jeje's flick blocked.
43':Narayan's cross from left flank, cleared in defence.
42':Wide corner, cleared in defence.
41':Holicharan's cross, Sunil's shot, blocked in defence. Corner to India.
39':Narayan's cross from left flank, Jeje's header just over the post.
37':Chance to Sunil with a good one two with Eugeneson, but fine block in Macau defence.
35':Back to back two chance to India, first Eugeneson's long ranger hit the post, rebound chance to Rowllin, straight to Ho Man.
33':Nearly a chance to Jeje, cleared in defence.
32':Narayan's cross to find Jeje, but cleared in defence.
30':Holicharan's shot, straight to keeper Ho Man's hand.
29':Macau's free kick, sails over the bar.
28':Yellow Card to Eugeneson. Free kick to Macau in a very good position.
27':Sunil's shot from 30 yards, went wide.
26':Eugeneson's short corner, cleared in defence.
25':First corner to India.
23':Rowllin's aimless long pass, went wide.
21':Macau's move, cross from right flank, went wide.
15': SCORE: INDIA 0-0 MACAU
11':Eugeneson's shot, straight to keeper's hand.
4': Rowlin to Narayan in left but aimless cross of Narayan went out.
1': India in Blue/Blue and Macau in Green/Green Jersey.
1': Match starts at Macau.
INDIA TEAM LAST 6 MATCH SCORES
Friendly India 3-2 Cambodia Asian Cup QLF India 1-0 Myanmar Friendly India 2–0 Nepal Asian Cup QLF India 1–0 Kyrgyzstan Series India 2-1 Mauritius Series India 1-1 St. Kitts
13.06.2017: INDIA 1-0 KYRGYZSTAN - FT
IND : Sunil Chhetri 68'
MOM ; Sunil Chhetri ( INDIA)
IND : Gurpreet, Pritam, Sandesh, Anas, Narayan, Jackiechand, E.Lyndoh, Rowlin, Holicharan, Sunil, jeje.
KYR : Matiash, amanbek, Alimov, Tamirlan, Viktor, Mirlan, Akhlidin, Vitalij, Baktyier, Farkahat.
FULL TIME : INDIA WIN 1-0 OVER KYRGYZSTAN. SUNIL CHHETRI, THE CAPTAIN SCORED THE ONLY GOAL. IT'S HIS 54TH SCORE FOR INDIAN NATIONAL TEAM. India earned 6 points from 2 matches,
90+4': No score form Corner kick.
90+3': CHANCE TO KYRGYZ but well saved by Gurpreet for Corner.
90+2': OHH ANOTHER CHANCE MISSED - Sunil Missed a chance from one to one with Kyrgyz keeper.
90+1': WHAT A MISS of ROBIN SINGH, Sunil passed him to Visitor's box but Robin missed one to one.
90': INDIA 1-0 KYRGYZSTAN
90': 4 minutes added time.
89': Bikash to Robin in left but it was too fast for Robin.
88': Brilliant clearance of NarayanDas from India Penalty box.
86': Again Sandesh cleared the corner kick of Kyrgyz.
86': Sandesh well cleared a free kick of Visitor.
84': Well defendec by Pritam in right from a movement of Kyrgyz.
82': Robin Singh was offside in right from Bikas Jairu's cross.
80': STILL INDIA IS LEADING 1-0 SCORED BY SUNIL CHHETRI ( 54th GOAL FOR INDIA).
78': REPLACEMENT - INDIA : JEJE OUT and ROBIN SINGH IN
73': REPLACEMENT - INDIA : JACKIE OUT and BIKASH JAIRU IN
70': INDIA 1-0 KYRGYZSTAN
68': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 for India. Superb Goal of Sunil Chhetri, Getting the ball from India Penalty area and moved towards opponent goal beat three defenders and wall passed to jeje in right wing and jeje returned him in box and brilliant right footer push of Sunil.
68': Jeje was fouled but Referee denied.
66': Goal kick for India from a Visitor's movement.
65': REPLACEMENT - INDIA : Rowlin OUT and Rafique IN
60': SCORE LINE 0-0
53': Corner forIndia from a move of Jackichand. Lyndoh's corner kick cleared, No score.
46': Chance for India but missed by Jeje shoot in side net.
46': Starts of 2nd half match.
44': Chane to Kyrgyzstan, Gurpreet Gurpreet saved well a close shot of Farkhat.
33': Jeje Missed a chance from Sunil but Keeper well saved..
30': Chance missed by Jeje from a close.
25': 4th corner for Kyrgyzstan bt no score.
14': Chance to Kyrgyzstan, Mirlan's shot saved by Gurprereet.
10': Free kick for Kyrgyzstan but defendderx of India cleared.
INDIA SR TEAM LAST MATCHES
03.05.2016 : SAFF Final India 2-1 Afghanistan 24.03.2016 : WC QLF Iran 4-0 India 29.03.2016 : WC QLF India 1-2 Turkmenistan 02.06.2016 : Asian Cup QLF Laos 0-1 India 07.06.2016 : Asian Cup QLF India 6-1 Laos 13.06.2016 : Friendly Bhutan 0-3 India 03.09.2016 : Friendly India 4-1 Puerto Rico 22.03.2017 : Friendly Cambodia 2-3 India 28.03.2017 : Asian Cup QLF Myanmar 0-1 India 06.06.2017 : Friendly India 2-0 Nepal
IT'S GOING TO BE A TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR US - STEPHEN CONSTANTINE
AIFF PRESS RELEASE: India are basking in the glory of winning seven matches on a trot but coach Stephen Constantine isn't being complacent ahead of taking on the Kyrgyz Republic tomorrow (June 13, 2017) in their first home match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers.
One being asked whether being placed 32 places above their opponents will give India a psychological advantage, National Coach Stephen Constantine stated: "I think the ranking comes for a particular reason. But, on the given day, you have to perform on the field. 32 above or below in the FIFA Ranking doesn't decide the result of a football match. Your hard work counts on the pitch."
"It'll be a battle of stamina tomorrow. We are very physical and we think we're strong enough to take them on. We're hard working team. They are a difficult side to break down." Although Constantine sounded confident about his boys, his respect for the opponents was clear as well,"They are an experienced side. They have quality and they have a great experience. As I heard, a lot of players ply their trade in Europe, which is a great sign of their calibre. I expect a very good fight from the. At the end of the day, it's going to be a tough challenge for us."
He informed: "All are available for selection and there's a tough competition for every position." Sunil Chhetri, who was rested against Nepal in the recently-played International Friendly in Mumbai, stated: "I was pretty happy to watch the Nepal game from the stands. Getting a clean sheet is very important and we have done it. A lot of boys were given chances and they executed it very well. We all are ready to give it a shot and I think, it's good for our coach as well."
INDIA WIN AGAINST MYANMAR AWAY
28.03.2017: Myanmar 0-1 India (FT.)
INDIA : Sunil Chhetri 90'
MYM : Thiha, Zaw, David, Yan, Tin, Aung, Kyav, Yan Naing, Phyo, Si thu, Thein.
IND : Gurpreet, Pritam, Sandesh, Anas, Narayan, Jackiechand (Holicharan), E.Lyndoh, Rolwin, Robin (Udanta), Sunil, Jeje
FULL TIME: MYANMAR 0-1 INDIA
90': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to INDIA. 53rd International Goal of Captain Sunil Chhetri. A brilliant right wing run and measured cross of Udanta singh which Sunil pushed intothe goal.
86': Shot of Udanta from Myanmar box went to keeper.
80': STILL SCORE LINE IS 0-0
72': CHANCE TIOINDIA.. CHETTRI TO UDANTA but he was fouled in box no Penalty.
66': Cross of Narayan Das from Chhetri in left went to keeper of Myanmar.
55': SCORE LINE 0-0
55': Long shot of Myanmar went over the cross bar.
46': 2nd half match starts.
HT : SCORE: INDIA 0-0 MYANMAR
45': 1 minute added time.
45': Koko of Myanmar right sided shot beat Gurpreet but went out.
42': C.LYndoh's Shot from Chhetri went wide.
41': Gurpreet savedSi Thu's shot.
40': Free kick to Myanmar in danger area as afoul of Sandesh who saw Yellow Card.
32': INDIA MISSED | Empty net missed by Jackiechand from Robin Singh pass from left.
30': SCORE: INDIA 0-0 MYANMAR
17': Corner for India fromJackichand's close shot which saved by a defender.
25': Another attack of Myanmar, Pritam Kotal well saved sure goal for corner.
24': More and more attack of Myanmar, left sided cross went to Gurpreet.
15': Well attempt of Myanmar from left wing earned a corner from Narayan;s clearance.
14': Jeje's shot just went over the cross bar of Myanmar.
10': Free kick of India Keeper Gurpreet from his out side of the box.
5': SCORE LINE 0-0
1': India in blue and Blue while Myanmar in Red and Red Jersey.
1': Match starts.
Chhetri to captain against Myanmar
AIFF PRESS RELEASE: In pursuit of their Asian dream, India open their campaign in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 tomorrow (March 28, 2017) when Stephen Constantine’s men take on Myanmar in Yangon. The match is slated to kick-off at IST 5PM.
At the Official Pre-Match Press Conference, Head Coach Stephen Constantine said: “India can beat anybody on their day. But that does not mean that you cannot have a bad day. Sometimes there are good days sometimes there are bad days. That is Football.”
“The Players have worked very hard to prepare for the game against Myanmar and it will be a challenge for us. We have the utmost respect for Myanmar as they are a very tough Team. I expect a very tough and tight game,” he added. The last time the two sides played in Yangon in 2013, India had lost by a solitary goal in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers. t according to “talismanic” captain Sunil Chhetri, who leads India tomorrow (March 28, 2017), it will be of no real significance once the Teams take to the pitch.
“We have watched a lot of videos of Myanmar’s former matches. And it is clear that we cannot, just cannot underestimate our opponents,” Chhetri, sitting next to Constantine echoed. “We have come here for three points but it will be an uphill battle against Myanmar,” he stated.
India have been clubbed in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup qualifying round alongside Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau. Three points in the opening game will give the Indian side a much needed morale boost in an open group where anybody can defeat anybody on their day. “We believe we have a chance to qualify for the Finals and so does Myanmar and so does every Team in the group. Hence it is vital not to lose our first game,” stated Constantine. “We focus on our home games after our clash against Myanmar and every Team will try to secure nine points to get them a qualification to 2019.”
India come on the back off a 2-3 win in an International Friendly against Cambodia in Phnom Penh on March 22 which ended their barren streak in since June 2005 in an away International Friendly in the process. Reacting to an expected turnout of almost 20000, Constantine quipped: “The pressure will be on the home team. We have worked hard coming into the game and we need to play our best,” he maintained.
INDIA QUALIFY FOR ASIAN CUP 2019
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.”
INDIA BEAT LAOS IN AFC QUALIFIER, AN AWAY WIN SINCE 2001
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').
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)