AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Thailand highlights: India displayed tremendous grit and resilience to beat Thailand 4-1 in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 at the Al Nahyan Stadium on Sunday. The Blue Tigers registered their biggest win in the tournament and also their first in the Asian Cup since 1964. Sunil Chhetri broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 27th minute before Teerasil Dangda equaliser brought the War Elephants back into the contest.
However, Chhetri struck again soon after the break with an excellent first-time strike to restore India’s lead. Anirudh Thapa then went on to extend India’s lead in the 68th minute and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored after coming off the bench to be part of a historic win for India.
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Thailand highlights:
Sunil Chhetri speaks after the match
"It feels good to win this match. It’s a tough pool and all the teams are more experienced. The way the boys fought, showed character. We fought hard and will keep fighting till the end."
FULL-TIME: INDIA WIN
India 4-1 Thailand A historic night for the Blue Tigers as they win their first Asian Cup match since 1964 India simply could not have asked for a better start. 3 important points in the bag.
India soak up time
Three minutes added on at the end of the second half. Germanpreet replaces Pronay Halder. IND 4-1 THA.
Double switch for India:
Ashique Kuruniyan, Anirudh Thapa are off, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Rowllin Borges are on.
IND 3-1 THA Anirudh Thapa finds the net and India have scored their third goal. What a pass from Chhetri to split the defence wide open. Thapa dinks it in with ease
63' Corner India
Another fantastic move on the right flank from Udanta. He finds space and sends the cross in. Chhetri tries to get in between the keeper and defender, his movement distracts the keeper who fumbles with the ball. Chettri tries to tap it in but the ball is poked away for a corner by the defender.
Substitution: Thailand make the first change. Sanrawat Dechmitr comes off and he is replaced by Korrokot Wirriya-Udomsiri. IND 2-1 THA
55 mins into the match and Thailand are enjoying the lion's share of the possession with 69 percent. India despite having 31 percent share have hit four shots towards the goal out of which 2 are on target. Thailand has also hit 2 but out of 8 shots.
GOAL! India lead again
India have scored right at the start of the second half- Who else but Sunil Chhetri? Sublime finish by the Indian forward from the Udanta cross. He created the move by pinging the ball to Udanta and then ran all the way to convert it. IND 2-1 THA
Second half resumes
Can India score quickly and take a lead before the War Elephants cause them further concerns. Stay tuned for all the live updates in the final 45 mins
1 min of added time comes to an end and at the halfway mark both teams are locked at one goal apiece. Decent half for India and it could have been better if the goal was not scored against them. IND 1-1 THA
Chance for India
Narzary's cross is chested down to Chhetri by Ashique,. What a chance for Chhetri! He tries to take a shot, which was closed down by Chalermpong. IND 1-1 THA
THAILAND HT BACK!
GOAL! A brilliant free kick with the left foot sends the ball floating into the box and Teerasil Dangda is there with the header, past Gurpreet. IND 1-1 THA
GOOOOAAALLLL! INDIA LEAD
PENALTY FOR INDIA! Sunil Chhetri takes a quick throw-in and the ball goes to Ashique who shoots and is saved by the keeper. But in the rebound it hits Theerathon's arm. Chhetri converts from the spot-kick into the bottom left-corner and India lead after 27 mins. IND 1-0 THA
CLOSE! Superb save by Gurpreet to deny Thailand from opening their account. IND 0-0 THA
15' Jhingan wasteful
Thapa with the cross and cleared by Pansa. But the clearance is not far enough and Udanta gets on it, He sends it in and once again Pansa is there like a wall. The ball once again falls to an Indian player- Jhingan but a poor touch lets him down.
Best moment of the match as Thailand's Thitiphan gets a shooting opportunity! shoots from 25 yards but no harm done. IND 0-0 THA
Good move from Ashique as he makes a a good run and then sends a cross. Good delivery from the left but no one in the box. IND 0-0 THA
Prematch rituals and National Anthems are done with. Referee blows the whistle and we are underway! India are wearing their white away kits. Let's Play!
Battle of the defence?
This match is a clash between two teams with a poor defence, at least in the Asian Cup. Thailand have just 2 clean sheets in their 20 Asian Cup games. India have conceded 16 goals in their last 4 Asian Cup games, conceding at least 3 goals on each occasion.
India Starting XI:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Subhasish Bose, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri
Thailand Starting XI:
Chatchai Bootprom, Tristan Do, Chalermpong Kerdkaew, Pansa Hemviboon, Theerathon Bunmathan, Sanrawat Dechmitr, Thitiphan Puangjan, Chanathip Songkrasin, Supachai Chaided, Adisak Kraisorn, Teerasil Dangda
India start without Jeje Lalpekhlua in the lineup. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to lead India tonight
AFC Asian Cup: Asian football’s grandest stage
India are back at Asian football’s grandest stage. Sunil Chhetri and Co, ranked 97 in the world, is the second best-ranked team in Group A, behind hosts, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are ranked No. 79 on the FIFA list.
Hello and welcome
Hello and welcome to the highly anticipated opening fixture of India where the Blue Tigers face Thailand. The last time these two sides met, India went down 1-2 in 2010. But who will win tonight? Stay tuned for live updates of India vs Thailand.