Myanmar Travels to India for Tricky Asian Cup Qualifier

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2017

We were unlucky not to win at home after dominating the match.

India's captain Sunil Chhetri, who scored the stoppage- time victor in the first-leg game, said the visitors are a compact side and cautioned his players against complacency.

India met Myanmar earlier this year in Yemen, where India's talisman Sunil Chhetri scored a goal at the death to give the Blue Tigers a 1-0 win against Myanmar.

With the draw, India are on the top of the group with 13 points from five matches.

India qualified for the continental showpiece after crushing Macau 4-1, in a qualifier last month, and a point at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda would take it to the top.

Chhetri nearly got his second of the match in the 58th minute when his header off Udanta Singh's cross from the right went inches wide of the Myanmar upright. For the next nine minutes, the home team tried desperately to find an equaliser but failed.

A quick build up on the left saw Thein Than run down the left flank and send a flawless cross into the box for Yan Naing to head in to put the home team under early pressure. India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh virtually handed back the lead to Myanmar on a platter with an atrocious blunder just seven minutes later.

But it was not until the 69th minute that India could find a goal.

Kyaw Ko Ko's shot from outside the box had seemed harmless, but Gurpreet made heavy weather of what should have been a simple save.

India looked unsafe in their counter attacks and had their chances to restore parity but Sandesh Jhingan shot over the bar off a free kick taken by Eugeneson Lyngdoh in the 39th minute.

Hosts South Korea and Turkey were competing for third place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup after fairytale runs to the last four of the event for the first time ever, and the first goal in a 3-2 win for Turkey came in perhaps the most anti-climactic way possible.

Belgian striker Benteke registered the fastest global goal of all time when his team took on Gibraltar for the third match of the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign for both sides. Vijayan would get all of India's goals in their 3-0 win on the night, registering the first inside 12 seconds as India kicked things off.

Towards the end, Chhetri again had a glorious chance to score after he was involved in a one-two pass with Udanta Singh but he shot over the bar.

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