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
  • 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!   

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Too many goals at the start!

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 21:17 (IST)

    88' KGZ 2-1 IND

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

  • 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.

  • 21:07 (IST)

    The defeat is looming! 

  • 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. 

  • 21:01 (IST)

    72' KGZ 2-0 IND

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

  • 20:58 (IST)

    67' KGZ 1-0 IND

    Yet another good save from Gurpreet SIngh Sandhu. This time he uses his feet to deny a Kyrgyzstan goal. Imagine the scoreline if not for Gurpreet's saves. This has been an very ordinary outing for India.

     

  • 20:51 (IST)

    60' KGZ 1-0 IND

    Balwant Singh has dropped bit back and Jeje is doing the running kin the front. Md Rafique has not had a good game as he failed to dictate things from the midfield. Meanwhile, Constantine makes one more change. Rowllin Borges goes out and Seminlen Doungel replaces him.

  • 20:43 (IST)

    52' KGZ 1-0 IND

    CHANCE! Rowlling Borges once again with a shot from outside the box but it's well saved by Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper.

    Seconds later, Kyrgyzstan almost doubled the lead but Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu pulls off good one-handed save. 

  • 20:34 (IST)

    45' KGZ 1-0 IND

    It's time for second-half. India's 13-game unbeaten streak is at risk for now. 

    One change for India. Narayan Das makes way for Jerry Lalrinzuala

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Anirudh Thapa to come in?

    It has not been a great half for India so maybe, Stephen Constantine will be looking to make few changes. Youngster Anirudh Thapa has pace to offer in the midfield so his inclusion in the second-half shouldn't come as a surprise. 

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Half-time! 

    KGZ 1-0 IND

    Couple of good chances for India but Anton Zemlyanukhin's strike in the second minutes of the game separates both sides. I

    India went close with Rowllin Borges's free-kick in the 18th minute but the post denied the goal. 

  • 20:11 (IST)

    40' KGZ 1-0 IND

    The match has become bit physical now. India are not allowing Kyrgyzstan to play a free-flowing game. The visitors are committing quite a few fouls on Kyrgyz players. 

  • 20:06 (IST)

    34' KGZ 1-0 IND

    India are playing better football than they did in the first 20 minutes. But they should try to involve Udanta Singh a little more in the match. He's India's best creator and probably the best player after Sunil Chhetri. 

  • 20:02 (IST)

    30' KGZ 1-0 IND

    Balwant Singh found the back of the net but the goal is disallowed. Referee doesn't play advantage to a Kyrgyzstan foul. 

  • 19:54 (IST)

    20' KGZ 1-0 IND

    What a goal it would've been if Borges' free-kick had gone in. India got the free-kick at the danger area after a Kyrgyzstan defender handled the ball. There was bit of confusion on who will take the shot but Borges took his guard and smashed the ball to the top-left corner of the post. Balwant grabbed the rebound and found the back of the net but he was clearly off-side. 

  • 19:50 (IST)

    18' KGZ 1-0 IND

    WHAT A CHANCE! Rowlling Borges' free-kick rattles the bar. Balwant scores from the rebound but he's off-side.  

  • 19:48 (IST)

    15' KGZ 1-0 IND

    Indians are struggling to get the ball from Kyrgyz players. There's no proper coordination among players. They need to settle their nerves down and try to keep the ball. 

  • 19:48 (IST)

    15' KGZ 1-0 IND

    Indians are struggling to get the ball from Kyrgyz players. There's no proper coordination among players. They need to settle their nerves down and try to keep the ball. 

  • 19:45 (IST)

    There's support for the visitors! 

  • 19:41 (IST)

    9' KGZ 1-0 IND

    As expected, Kyrgyzstan are dominating the game. They are doing well to exploit the space in the midfield and also keeping the ball for longer periods. 

  • 19:37 (IST)

    What a start!

    Wow! This has been some start by Kyrgyzstan. 

    It took just two minutes for Kyrgyzstan to take the lead. A brilliant cross from the right fell to unmarked Zemlyanukhin, who makes no mistake in slotting the ball inside the net. Indian defence caught napping.

  • 19:34 (IST)

    GOAL!

    KGZ 1-0 IND

    Kyrgyzstan take lead thanks to superb finish from Anton Zemlyanukhin

  • 19:34 (IST)

    It's kick-off at Bishkek! 

    India will look to maintain their unbeaten run in the group but it's going to be hard considering they're missing Sunil Chhetri.

  • 19:25 (IST)

    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. 

  • 19:18 (IST)

    The training session is on! 

  • 19:16 (IST)

    Looks like Stephen Constantine is playing a 4-4-2 formation 

    Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika are the centre-back pairing with Lalruatthara playing on the right and Narayan Das as the left-back. Md Rafique will give company to Rowllin Borges in the centre midfield. Udanta Singh will play on the right and Halicharan Narzary on the left. 

    Constantine has gone with two strikers with Balwant Singh and Jeje on the front. 

  • 19:07 (IST)

    Here are line-ups of both the teams!

  • 19:06 (IST)

    The game for favourable draw

    Well, both India and Kyrgyzstan have made to the AFC Asian Cup next year but today's match is anything but a dead-rubber. If India could end up winning the match then they will go into pot 2 of the draw and then they will face only one higher-ranked team in their group instead of two. If Kyrgyzstan win it then they will get into the pot 2.

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Game time! 

    Hello and welcome to the live coverage of India's last group league match against Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. 

    Stay tuned for live updates from the match.

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.

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

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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Updated Date: Mar 27, 2018 21:50:45 IST

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