Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

AFC Asian Cup qualifier, India vs Macau

AFC Asian Cup qualifier, India vs Macau

After last night's victory, India has guaranteed its ascension into the AFC Asian Cup Finals competition, standing on a total of 12 points, the maximum possible given the number of games thus far played.

"I was there when we missed out in 2015 and that still hurts me". "We achieved our goal tonight to qualify for Asian Cup". We have done that. I'm immensely proud of my team.

The head coach further insisted that the current team was surely one of the best Indian teams in history. Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar are second and third respectively. "That's about it", Constantine asserted. For Macau, Nicholas Tarrao scored in the 37th minute - their first goal of the qualifying campaign. But our work is not done. "We will keep improving now and put our heads down and grind hard". All three scored in the 3-1 win over Hong Kong, while Singh's goal in the 2-0 win over champions Korea Republic meant he finished joint top-scorer for the tournament alongside Israel's Mordechai Spiegler.

"Balwant did exactly the same as he did in the last game".

Balwant clearly had an impact on the game as his clever running of the channels had the Macanese defenders scampering all over and India started to find a lot of space. His inclusion was great.


Even if India lose their remaining two matches, they will still finish among the top two spots in the group which will be enough to book their tickets to the United Arab Emirates for the 2019 edition of Asian football's showpiece event.

Macau's only hope to create pressure on India would be to get a goal in early, and for that they might turn to Leonel Carlos, the 30-year-old striker who made his debut in the home leg against India but rarely got a chance to make an impression. This is the tournament we play for. 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.

"Just four teams qualified".

This qualification is going to transform Indian football in every possible way as they will be now considered among the elite football nations of the continent. "This year (2017) has been a game changer".

Amidst the successful hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 where the India U-17 football team are winning hearts of 1.3 billion people with their stupendous performances, the senior Indian national football team made matters brighter for the lovely game in the country by qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 on Wednesday October 11.

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