India began their Group A campaign to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup against Myanmar in Yangon with a 1-0 win courtesy a Sunil Chhetri stoppage time winner. India could have or should have won by a bigger margin had Jackison Singh converted two glorious chances in the first half. India absorbed the pressure in the second half. Late on, combination work of Udanta and Chhetri got India the win. This ended India’s 64 year wait of a win in Myanmar.
India vs Myanmar updates:
1850 hrs IST: FULL TIME! India hold out the final few minutes to win and end their 64 year wait of beating Myanmar in their own backyard and what a topsy-turvy performance – much like the win last week in Cambodia.
1847 hrs IST: GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL!!!! Sunil Chhetri scores!! Udanta Singh with a breathtaking run down the right from a Chhetri pass at the half way line. Pulls back for an unmarked Chhetri who has the easy job of stroking the ball into the back of the net from his lethal right foot! India lead 1-0 in the stoppage time!
1846 hrs IST: Great pull back down the left by a Myanmar shirt and it comes to Ko Ko who is unmarked in the box but he heads it wide. Tried to find the angle and go across the keeper but did a bit too much
1844 hrs IST: Another India change as Halicharan Narzary replaces Jakichand Singh
1843 hrs IST: Udanta has a chance to score. Controls the ball inside the box and moves to his left foot, has the room to unleash a shot and does but it is straight at the keeper.
1840 hrs IST: Under 10 minutes left to play in Yangon. Can we get a goal as teams go for broke now. This is the stage when teams lose concentration to concede
1829 hrs IST: Sunil Chhetri lays the ball into Udanta Singh on the run down the right and the Indian player goes down. Appeal for a penalty is turned down. That looks close! Not sure how that wasn’t a penalty for India. Was easily clipped as he ran forward
1826 hrs IST: Little activity in Myanmar half now. India’s strategy to sit back or absorb the pressure isn’t working out well.
1822 hrs IST: First change for India: Udanta Singh replaces Robin Singh.
1821 hrs IST: Uh-oh. Myanmar player takes out the linesman as he tries to run down the right flank.
1814 hrs IST: Myanmar have started the second half the better of the two sides. Making lots of key passes and have India pegged back and the defence under serious pressure
1804 hrs IST: Second half underway in Yangon. It is a stalemate so far and it looks possible that we will have goals in this game.
1747 hrs IST: HALF TIME! Myanmar and India are locked at 0-0 at the break and it is a surprise that no goals have been scored. Jackichand had a huge chance to put India ahead but he missed from two yards out. On the whole, India have looked better barring Myanmar’s one-off chance
1745 hrs IST: Sunil Chhetri goes down inside the box and appeals for a penalty but the referee turns it down.
1742 hrs IST: Pretty lax stuff from Myanmar now. Try to play quick passes in India’s final third but the second player is offside.
1740 hrs IST: First booking of the game as Sandesh Jhingan is yellow carded
1734 hrs IST: Moments later Sunil Chhetri cuts in from the left side and rides on the defensive challenge to go running towards the goal. But Myanmar keeper comes in forward to narrow the angle and makes himself big to block the shot.
1731 hrs IST: SITTER! CHANCE! Robin Singh with a glorious low cross and Jackichand, somehow, left foots it over the bar. He had the simplest task to put the ball in the back of the net but he lets it go. Was possible easier to score than to miss. Unbelievable miss!
1727 hrs IST: India with their best chance of the game so far. Cross from the left and the keeper messes it up. Flaps at it and it comes to Jackichand who tries to side foot it into goal but it is saved away for a corner. Nothing from the corner though
1723 hrs IST: CLOOOOOOOSE…. Ball from the right side of the box and it is there to tapped into the goal but there is no Mynamar player to make the most of it. India would count themselves lucky
1721 hrs IST: Sunil Chhetri runs down the right flank and puts up a floating cross into the area. Robin Singh attacks but it is plucked out of the air by goalkeeper Si Thu. Stays 0-0 with 23 minutes played
1716 hrs IST: Cross from the left by a Myanmar player looking for Kyaw Ko Ko in the centre of the area but it is defended away acrobatically. Goes for a corner and that comes to nothing in the end
1715 hrs IST: This time Jeje shoots from outside the area and he, too, misses the target. Both sides yet to test the keeper
1713 hrs IST: Thundering shot from Aung Thu from outside the box but the left footed effort keeps on rising. Stays 0-0
1710 hrs IST: Ten minutes played in Yangon. Quick start by both teams, lots of energy on display. But nothing worth showing for at this juncture. Myanmar try to play a neat one-two but Gurpreet comes off his line and grasps it before Aung Thu could pounce.
1705 hrs IST: Rapid fire start from both teams. Bit scruffy at times too. India showing good attacking intent early on but not able to string multiple passes together just yet.
1700 hrs IST: Anthems are done. Myanmar in all-red and India in the blue. Bit of comedy at the toss as Yan Aung Kyaw gestures at what goal he wants to defend and not stating whether to go for the kick off or not. So, India will move from left to right and Myanmar the other way.
1656 hrs IST: The teams make their way out from the tunnel. There will be the anthems first, the toss and then we kick off in under 10 minutes.
1650 hrs IST: Just 10 minutes away from kick off.
1631 hrs IST: Half an hour to kick off in Myanmar. Things pretty festive in Yangon.
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1630 hrs IST: Would be important for India to start strong. Seven of India’s last 10 goals have been scored in the opening half and have gone on to win in all of them. Meanwhile Myanmar have had trouble scoring in the first half in their last five home games.
1610 hrs IST: TEAMS:
INDIA XI: Gurpreeet Singh Sandhu (GK), Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Narayan Das, Jakichand Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowling Borges, Sunil Chhetri (C), Robin Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua
MYANMAR XI: Thiha Si Thu (GK), Zaw Min Tun, David Htan, Yan Aung Kyaw (C), Tin Win Aung, Aung Thu, Kyaw Ko Ko, Yan Naing Oo, Phyo Ko Ko Thein, Si Thu Aung, Thein Than Win
1600 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog for India vs Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying. Don’t let the FIFA rankings fool you into thinking it would be an easy contest for the Men in Blue. Myanmar’s ranking has dropped to 172 while India have surged. But that would mean nothing when the two take the pitch at the Thuwunna Stadium – venue for Myanmar’s slender 1-0 win over India in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.