AFC Asian Cup 2019 Match Highlights, India vs Bahrain Football Match: India eliminated by late Jamal Rashed penalty

Follow all the latest updates as the Indian football team take on Bahrain in their final group stage match at the AFC Asian Cup 2019

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Match Highlights, India vs Bahrain Football Match: India eliminated by late Jamal Rashed penalty
  • Bahrain are through into the knockout stages, while India suffer heartbreak in the dying embers of the match

  • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is wrong-footed by Jamal Rashed, who buries his penalty in the net

  • Hamed Alshamsan baits captain Pronay Halder into a rash challenge inside the penalty area, and the Indian hacks him down



Jan 15, 2019 - 00:00 (IST)

That's it from us!

Stephen Constantine's shocking announcement has put several changes into effect, which will be covered extensively over the course of the next few days on our website.

Thanks for tuning in and following India's incredible exploits from this edition of the AFC Asian Cup on our live blog! 

The campaign has ended in heartbreak, but we'll be right here whenever India return to action, chronicling their rise through the ranks of international football. 

Jan 14, 2019 - 23:55 (IST)

Stephen Constantine steps down as the Indian football team coach

The Englishman, who has been instrumental in India's improvement over the past few years, says his cycle is over, adding that he has left the players in a much better place than they were when he arrived.

Jan 14, 2019 - 23:26 (IST)

FT: India 0-1 Bahrain

India bow out of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 after finishing fourth in Group A after Thailand held UAE to a draw. India's campaign showed plenty of promise, but in the end the quality wasn't enough

Jan 14, 2019 - 23:20 (IST)

GOAL! Bahrain score from the spot. India heading home

Hamed Alshamsan baits captain Pronay Halder into a rash challenge inside the penalty area, and the Indian hacks him down. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is wrong-footed by Jamal Rashed, who buries it in the net. India need to come up with something quick

Jan 14, 2019 - 23:08 (IST)

Sandhesh Jhingan has been massive in this game, and he's earning himself some high-profile fans!

Jan 14, 2019 - 23:07 (IST)

A bizarre decision from the referee ends in nothing

The referee awards an indirect free-kick to Bahrain as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu picks up a deflected ball that comes off the foot of Subashish. The strange decision is dealt with quite adeptly by the Indian defenders, who in spite of their numerous talents, are not exactly the tallest lot. 

Jan 14, 2019 - 23:02 (IST)

Bahrain come within inches of taking the lead!

Mohamed Marhoon gets a header onto the upright after the ball pings around the Indian penalty area, ricocheting off the heads of players like pinball. Bahrain quickly win the ball back and get right back to attacking.

Jan 14, 2019 - 22:57 (IST)

India survive a dangerous spell of Bahraini possession

Jamal Rashed gets a shot on target from a free kick, which Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saves. India counterattack rapidly, and get a free-kick on the edge of the area, which Sunil Chhetri blasts into the upper tiers of the stadium. India are caught out on the resulting counter, where Udanta Singh puts in a bruising tackle on a Bahraini forward inside the penalty area, which is adjudged to be fair. 

Jan 14, 2019 - 22:24 (IST)

It's goalless at half-time

India doing just enough at the interval but Bahrain have been the better team and have looked more threatening. India have offered little going forward. India are playing a dangerous game especially with Thailand drawing with UAE.

Fine margins in Group A. A goal either way could vastly impact the table. A goal for India would send them top, while a goal for Bahrain would push India to fourth place. Nervy second half coming up

Jan 14, 2019 - 22:15 (IST)

GOAL in Al Ain! Thailand equalise. As things stand, India have to get a point from this game to have a chance of progressing to the next round.

What a shambolic piece of defending from UAE! Thitipan Puangchan scores the equaliser after a bizarre bit of defending, when the defenders and the keeper failed to clear the ball!

LIVE Group A standings

1. UAE 5 points
2. India 4 points
3. Thailand 4 points 
4. Bahrain 2 points

India ahead of Thailand on better head-to-head record

Preview: A heartbreaking loss after a stunning win denting their confidence, India will still be fired up by the prospect of a maiden knock-out round berth when they take on Bahrain in their final AFC Asian Cup group league match on Monday.

A draw against the West Asian side, currently ranked 113, will be enough for India (ranked 97) to qualify for the round of 16 for the first time in the continent's showpiece event after failed attempts in 1984 and 2011.

Monday's match at the Sharjah Stadium, which may turn out to be the biggest night of Indian football after its achievements during the Golden Years (1951 to 64), is also significant as talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri will equal former captain Bhaichung Bhutia's record of highest appearances for the country at 107 each.

India had finished runners-up in the 1964 edition in Israel but that tournament was played in a round-robin format comprising four countries with the winners being decided on the basis of points collected in the league. There was not a single knock-out match in that edition.

But even a defeat on Monday may still see India (3 points from 2 matches) through to the knock-out rounds as one of the four third-placed teams if hosts United Arab Emirates (4 from 2 matches) beat Thailand (3 from 2 matches) in Al Ain in the other Group A match to be played simultaneously.

Four third-placed sides from the six groups of four teams each will also advance to the knock-out rounds, along with the top two countries.

Under the competition rules of the Asian Cup, if two teams end their group stage engagements on equal points, the ranking will be decided first on the basis of head to head result.

So, if both Thailand and India lose their matches on Monday, India will end at third as they have defeated the 'War Elephants' 4-1 in their opening match.

But the Stephen Constantine side cannot lose to Bahrain — to whom India lost 2-5 in the 2011 Asian Cup — by a big margin as goal difference will get the first preference while deciding which team makes it to the Round of 16 among third place sides of equal points.

In Groups C and D, two bottom-placed teams have not yet opened their accounts after playing two matches each and they have minus goal difference as against India's plus one.

Courtesy, the stunning win against Thailand has shown that India are no longer an 'also ran' side and the second match against the UAE — though lost 0-2 — strengthened the thought that this side can hold onto their own without fear and take the game to the opposition, unlike the teams of the past.

Luck also eluded India in the match against UAE as the woodwork denied them on two occasions while Ashique Kuruniyan and Chhetri had the goalkeeper at their mercy but failed to beat him. India had more shots at opposition goal though UAE had the overwhelming possession.

Constantine has built India into a compact and largely defensive unit which tries to score on the counter. The team largely maintained it shape and intensity in the first two matches against Thailand and UAE.

The lack of creativity in the midfield as compared to other top sides was, however, evident and a lot will depend on Chhetri, who has become the highest Indian goal scorer in the Asian Cup (with four strikes) as well as second highest international goal scorer (67 from 106 matches) among active players.

India may again deploy a defensive approach and hit on the counter against a physical Bahrain as they need just a draw while it is a must-win for the West Asian side as they are with just one point from two matches after their 0-1 loss to Thailand.

The Thais defended deep in the first half against Bahrain and hit on the counter and the 'War Elephants' were able to get a second half goal. So, it is not beyond India's reach to get a favourable result against Bahrain.

Constantine fielded the same starting eleven in both against Thailand and UAE in a 4-4-2 formation and it will have to be seen whether he does the same against Bahrain. The central defender duo of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika largely marshalled the back-line well so far but there were periods of lack of understanding between them which led to the two goals by UAE.

The head coach is unlikely to make changes at the heart of the defence as well as in the upfront duo of Chhetri and Kuruniyan. However, Constantine may try out Balwant Singh at some point in time considering the physicality of the Bahrain side.

Jeje Lapekhlua has been the preferred forward for Constantine to come in as substitute. Rowlin Borges is an option for Pranoy Halder in the role of a defensive midfielder while attacking midfielder Anirudha Thapa was a bit subdued against UAE. Right winger Udanta Singh was brilliant in the match against Thailand as he was involved in three goals and he was denied by the crossbar against UAE as well.

Historically, India have won just one match against Bahrain in seven matches played so far between the two countries. That win (2-0) had come in an international friendly in Bahrain in October, 1979 with striker Shabir Ali scoring both the goals.

Bahrain have won on five occasions win while one match had ended in a draw.

With inputs from PTI.

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