While the Indian U17 team is almost out of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup, the Indian senior team qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup by thrashing Macau 4-1 at Bangalore last night thanks to goals from Rowllin Borges, skipper Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua and an own goal from Macau midfielder Lam Ka Seng. It was Macau's first goal of the tournament, after conceding eight, and also the first one India had conceded in the final round of qualifiers. Constantine's side are enjoying a sensational unbeaten streak and they have full nine points from their three games in the group so far. Earlier, the hosts were stunned in the opening session after Nicholas Mario Tarrao struck a historic goal for Macau. Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar, who played a 2-2 on Tuesday in Yangon, are second and third respectively.
For his goal, Borges fooled the Macanese goalkeeper after he received a pass from Jeje, who had the presence of mind to spot him. Asked whether he would be fielding the bench strength in the remaining group stage matches, Constantine said he can not say anything for now, but wants India to finish first in the points-table.
In the 2011 edition that was held in Doha, India had a disappointing campaign, losing all their group matches - to Australia, South Korea and Bahrain. Before Jeje could set it up, Narayan Das whipped in a low cross on the left. In the 20th minute, Chhetri was pulled down to the ground just outside the Macau box, and Lao Pak Kin was shown a yellow card for his foul. Holicharan Narzary had moved on the right wing, while Chhetri played on the left. Replying to a query, Constantine said Balwant Singh was a good foil for Chhetri who scored the goal in second half with his help.
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Arsenal's lovely gesture is bound to be a source of encouragement and motivation for the Indian football team who ended their previous Asian Cup in 2011 ranked rock bottom with no points and a goal difference of -10. We have to get it going and make it count.
Meanwhile, coach Stephen Constantine referred to the victory as a "terrific team effort over anything else".
"Starting from the players to the supporting staff, it's the result of everyone's dedication and hard work". The goal we conceded was against the run of play.