India has beaten Myanmar in their third round opener of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers by the slightest margin of 1-0. India has been on a roll of late and has won 11 of their last 13 games. They have also won their last six games. Sunil Chhetri’s precise strike in the 90th minute helped the team to get the full three points in the game.
India had not beaten Myanmar in their own den since October 1953 when they won 4-2 in a quadrangular tournament held in the then Rangoon.Myanmar beat India 1-0 the last time they met, during the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in 2013.
This win is very important to the Indian team as they would jump to the 106th place in the FIFA ranking. They are expected to get huge uplift after their recent performances. Indian football has been on the decline in terms of rankings. There were ranked 171 last year as they lost back to back matches and never got back to their feet.
This was also Sunil Chhetri’s 53rd goal for the national team as he equaled the tally with Wayne Rooney as it comes to scoring international goals. This was their first win over the hosts on their home soil in 64 years. India dominated the game throughout the 90 minutes.
Sunil Chhetri said,”Wasn’t an easy night where we may have been far from our best and left it late but very happy to come away with 3 points. Keep backing us!”. Constantine, the Indian team manager said,”Football is all about taking your chances. We took ours and they did not take theirs. The credit goes to Myanmar for making it tough for us to play.
Constantine, the Indian team manager said,”Football is all about taking your chances. We took ours and they did not take theirs. The credit goes to Myanmar for making it tough for us to play. Any coach makes a substitution to try and change the game and our substitutions were brilliant on the field today. This win does not matter much.”
“We still have to take six points to be able to secure qualification to the final of the AFC Asian Cup 2019. India can defeat anybody on their day, but the job is still more than done. We have to stay focused and concentrate on the next game,” he added.
India was last in the top 100 in 1993. The recent performance is the good sign for the Indian team as they could take the Indian football into a new era. This could also increase the popularity of football in the fans.
India next plays Lebanon on July 7 in an international friendly before taking on Kyrgyzstan in their second game of the AFC Asian Qualifiers.