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AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, India vs Kyrgyzstan Live Score: Stephen Constantine's team suffers defeat at Bishkek

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AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, India vs Kyrgyzstan Live Score: Stephen Constantine's team suffers defeat at Bishkek

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Mar 27, 2018 - 21:50 (IST)

That's it for tonight, folks. Hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the match. 

Just to recap, India lost today to Kyrgyzstan but they have qualified for the main tournament thanks to earlier victories. This was their first defeat in the qualifiers. 

Hopefully, we'll see you soon again. 

Good day!   

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:40 (IST)

Too many goals at the start!

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:35 (IST)

A wake up call! 

India had their fare share of glory in the qualifiers but glad that the 13-game streak comes to an end. There's plenty of work to do. Maybe we should start asking if Stephen Constantine is selecting the right kind of players. Halicharan Narzary had an awful game along with Md Rafique and Narayan Das. Without Chhetri, this team had nothing going forward. The one goal which India scored came after a defensive lapse from Kyrgyzstan. 

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:23 (IST)

FULL TIME! KGZ 2-1 IND

It's all done! India's 13-game unbeaten run comes to an end.Kyrgyzstan with a deserving win today. 

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:20 (IST)

89' KGZ 2-1 IND

Can India make a comeback here? A lot was riding on Jeje today but it was not quite his day. Nevertheless, when he gets free header, he made sure he scores. A good cross from Anirudh Thapa from the left found Jeje as no Kyrgyzstan defender was marking him.

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:17 (IST)

88' KGZ 2-1 IND

GOAAAL! Jeje gives some hope for India with a good header.

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:14 (IST)

83' KGZ 2-0 IND

Don't think India is coming back into the game. This defeat will serve as a wake-up call to the Indian team. It's not going to be an easy task for the team at the AFC Asian Cup. They will face a lot more tougher oppositions in the tournament and so far, they are not ready at all.

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:07 (IST)

The defeat is looming! 

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:05 (IST)

72' KGZ 2-0 IND

The goal from Kyrgyzstan was coming for quite sometime. After a scrappy start in the second-half, Kyrgyzstan improved as the time passed by. They were creating a lot of chances from the left and the second goal also came from that side. Mirlan is left unmarked in the box and he made no mistake in converting a cross. 

Mar 27, 2018 - 21:01 (IST)

72' KGZ 2-0 IND

GOAL! Kyrgyzstan double the lead. Constant pressure pays off for them. 

Kyrgyzstan have form on their side. They qualified for the main tournament with a thumping 5-1 over Myanmar last week. Key player for them is Anton Zemlyanukhin, who scored a brace against Myanmar.

India, on the other hand, are coming to the match with a 13-game unbeaten run. They are also unbeaten in the tournament so they would look to maintain status-quo today.

A day prior to India's last group league match against Kyrgyzstan here, coach Stephen Constantine said despite already ensuring qualification, the team will push for a win in their AFC Asian Cup qualification Group A game.

AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers India vs Kyrgyzstan Live Score Stephen Constantines team suffers defeat at Bishkek

Indian football team during a training session. Image Courtesy: Twitter @IndianFootball

India will take on Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday in an inconsequential tie with the team already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

They are at the top of Group A with 13 points. This is India's second qualification in eight years, the team having qualified last time in 2011.

"We haven't come here to lose. Our objective was to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and we have achieved our aim. From now on, it's part of our preparation for the Asian Cup to be held next year," Constantine said.

The last time the two teams met in Bengaluru, India skipper Sunil Chhetri's strike made the difference.

Constantine also dismissed the speculation that the cold weather in Bishkek may play a crucial role.

"The weather is not playing any crucial part," he clarified.

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who was also present at the press conference stated that "there isn't any added pressure."

"Kyrgyz Republic are a very strong side. They recently won against Myanmar and have also qualified for the Asian Cup. We respect them as an opponent. We want to win and as coach said, the match is a part of our preparation towards the AFC Asian Cup next year", he said.

Moreover, Constantine declared that "India will play for a win."

"I always play to win and never to lose. When you represent the National Team you are never playing for a draw. The result might be a draw but we won't play for a draw," he quipped.

Gurpreet highlighted the importance of a solid back four which lays the bedrock for the success of any team.

"Not only us, every team needs a solid back line. We have conceded few and have been able to put pressure on our opponents. The plan worked for us. We'll look forward to continuing doing that", he said.

With inputs from IANS

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