Highlights Myanmar vs India, AFC Asian Cup qualifier: India beat Myanmar thanks to Sunil Chhetri's late winner
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Sunil Chhetri after the win: Myanmar defended vey hard, the crowd did not make it easy. It was hard for us
FT Myanmar 0-1 India
India steal the game late on with a lightning-quick counter-attack. Udanta Singh's substitution had a great impact on the game as he raced away on the right flank to set up Chhetri for the winner. India were second best for most parts of the second half, but created the more clear-cut chances throughout the game. There is still work to do for Stephen Constantine, but the team is beginning to grind outr results away from home and it's a positive sign. On the bigger scale, it's three massive points for India in the race for qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Myanmar would be disappointed, but India's superior quality showed in the end. Good win for India,
GOAL! A breathtaking counter attack from India. Udanta Singh does extremely well to get behind the Myanmar defense after being released on goal. The Bengaluru FC forward perfectly sets up Sunil Chhetri who makes no mistake in scoring the winner. Brilliant from India
GOAL! MYANMAR 0-1 INDIA! SUNIL CHHETRI SCORES
CHANCE! Kyaw Ko misses a free header. Decent chance for Myanmar. The game looks destined for a draw
LAST TEN MINUTES!
The game remains goalless. India bring on Dhanpal Ganesh in place of Rowlin Borges. India with some possession as they look to pinch a goal that would give them a win here. But the visitors would be keen on not losing this game.
NO PENALTY! Sunill Chhetri does well to send Udanta Singh go through on goal who is brought down by a late challenge from the Myanmat defender. Replays show it was a stonewall penalty, but referee thought otherwise. Huge moment in the match and India would be complaining if they don't get a positive result today. Match remains goalless after 75 minutes
70' Myanmar 0-0 India
India making far too many fouls. Sunil Chhetri goes into the book for two consecutive handballs in quick succession. India seem to be happy to play on the counter. Myanmar lacking a cutting edge going forward
Not a big fan of these long balls, grounded game will definitely be more effective going forward.— Aditi Chauhan (@aditi03chauhan) March 28, 2017
60' Myanmar 0-0 India
Myanmar's midfield have stepped it up in the second half and the Indian midfield as we have so often seen in the past are proving to be the weak link. The visitors are getting overrun at the center of the park. India make a change, bring in Udanta Singh in place of Robin Singh. Visitors going for pace upfront
55' Myanmar 0-0 India
India under a bit of pressure, looking unsure at the back. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu comes out and punches a corner that the Indians don't clear. Myanmar almost have a shot on an open goal as Gurpreet struggles to get back into position. A minute before Kyaw Ko fired a shot just over the Indian crossbar. Myanmar are on top at the moment
50' Myanmar 0-0 India
Good start from the home side to the second period. Forward Kyaw Ko who has looked dangerous all evening with the best chance in the second half. After making a clever run into the channel the Myanmar forward fired a shot that went just over the crossbar. It was like a warning for India at the start of the half.
SECOND HALF BEGINS! Myanmar attacking from left to right. Scoreline is 0-0. Who will make the breakthrough?
HT: Myanmar 0-0 India
The first half comes to a close. Myanmar have seen more of the ball, but India have had the biggest chances of the game. The visitors should have been ahead in this contest, but would be pleased to go into the break on level terms considering it's an away game. Both coaches will be asking for a bit more from their players at half time. Let's hope the second half has more goals in store
40' Myanmar 0-0 India
Myanmar ending the half stronger. India had a spell after the half-hour mark where they created a few openings and that big chance for Jackichand, but it's the home side who are now seeing more of the ball. Can any team make the breakthrough before the break?
Yellow Card! Sandesh Jhingan goes into the book. Took one for the team there. Myanmar forward was thretening to go clear on goal.
India have certainly looked the likleier of the two teams to score. Meanwhile Robin Singh penetrates the Myanmar defence but the cut-back for a teammate is straight to the goalkeeper
MISS! Jackichand Singh misses an absolute sitter. Chhetri does brilliantly top set up Jackichand who just has to tap in at the far post, but somehow the Indian forward manages to put it over the crossbar. It was perhaps more difficult to do that than score. Will this prove costly for India? Game remains goalless after 35 minutes. The game is opening up now though.
HUGE CHANCE FOR MYANMAR! Just as we say the game has had few chances, Myanmar create the best chance of the game. They get behind the Indian defence but Kyaw Ko's final pass is poor. Score remains 0-0 after 30 minutes
25' Myanmar 0-0 India
Myanmar starting to see more of the ball, but the visitors haven't been troubled yet. India on the other hand are playing it long, using Robin Singh as a focal point. No big chance for either team. Jackichand Singh got into a good crossing position in the 24th minute, but his delivery was straight to the goalkeeper
20' Myanmar 0-0 India
Jeje tried his luck from distance in the 18th minutes, but his shot was well over the crossbar in the end. Good intent from India at the start of the game. Have not allowed the home side to get on top of them.
15' Myanmar 0-0 India
The game has become slightly dull now. Both midfields succeeding in breaking the play down. Neither teams willing to throw too many men forward at this stage. India with a couple of long throw-ins in the 15th minute, but Myanmar deal with it without any danger
Preview: The Indian football team will look to starting their Asian Cup campaign on a high when they take on Myanmar in a Group A tie Yangon on Tuesday.
For the final round of qualifying, Stephen Constantine's team has been drawn alongside Kyrgyzstan and AFC Solidarity Cup runners-up Macau and begin their attempt to qualify for the finals with a trip to Yangon.
"I know they're very well organised and they have a very good coach in Gerd Zeise," Constantine told the-afc.com
"He's been there for quite some time and he's developed some of the players through the age groups and I think he's done a fantastic job there.
"Their Under-20s have recently qualified through the AFC for the Fifa U20 World Cup (in 2015) on merit, so he's done a fantastic job and they will be a very difficult opponent for us, both home and away, so I have nothing but respect for them," he added.
During his absence the Indians qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals in Qatar by winning the AFC Challenge Cup on home soil in 2008 under fellow Englishman Bob Houghton, the first time the country had qualified for the continental championship since Singapore in 1984.
India missed out on a place in Australia in 2015, but Constantine believes with the dawn of the Indian Super League and the country's impending hosting of the Fifa U17 World Cup later this year an upswing in the nation's football fortunes is possible in the near future.
"We have a lot of things going on, we just need consistency in terms of philosophies and development. India is such a large country and there are so many variables. It sounds easy to say let's get one system in place, but that has to go out into the districts, the villages, the towns and we have 36 state associations and some of those state associations are larger than countries in Europe," e said.
"Logistically and to get the word out it takes that much more time to do, but I think in the last two years we have seen the senior national team come on, our u-17s are going to be hosting the World Cup, and that's a massive event for any country and a great honour.
"There's so much interest in Indian football and academies are springing up all over the place and while they may not be all be doing the right thing the interest is there now for football in India. It's a question of trying to get things all aligned and that takes some time," he added.
Constantine said qualification for the finals in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 would give the game in India another boost and vindicate the approach currently being taken to improve the sport in the country.
"I think whenever you qualify for a major event it's a sign you're doing things the right way and for India to qualify for the Asian Cup would be a huge thing," he said.
"Given the state of our football, we have the league and the domestic leagues are ok, but they're not at the same stage as China or Korea Republic or Iran, UAE those kind of countries.
"We've got a long way to go. But qualifying for the Asian Cup is a huge step in the right direction and it gives everybody that impetus to keep pushing on and I think qualifying for those major events is what we need to be trying to do on a more regular basis," the coach added.
India are coming into the game on the back of a 3-2 win against Cambodia but they were far from convincing.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and co will have to step up against a side who come into the game with a 1-3 win over Indonesia, a team ranked higher than them in the rankings.
The Asian team have dropped some 30 places on the ladder in the last month alone, but they are expected to make strong gains in the coming period.
With inputs from IANS
Published Date: Mar 28, 2017 07:03 pm | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2017 07:45 pm