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AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Thailand Highlights: India secure historic 4-1 win over Thailand in opener

AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Thailand highlights: India overpowered Thailand 4-1 in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 7, 2019 7:53:20 am
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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.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Thailand highlights:


    21:13 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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."

    20:53 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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.

    20:50 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    India soak up time

    Three minutes added on at the end of the second half. Germanpreet replaces Pronay Halder. IND 4-1 THA. 

    20:38 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    Double switch for India:

    Ashique Kuruniyan, Anirudh Thapa are off, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Rowllin Borges are on.

    20:31 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    68' GOOAAALLL!

    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 

    20:22 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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. 

    20:20 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    60' Substitute

    Substitution: Thailand make the first change. Sanrawat Dechmitr comes off and he is replaced by Korrokot Wirriya-Udomsiri. IND 2-1 THA

    20:13 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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.

    20:06 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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

    20:05 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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

    19:50 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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

    19:45 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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

    19:36 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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

    19:29 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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

    19:28 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    CLOSE! Superb save by Gurpreet to deny Thailand from opening their account. IND 0-0 THA

    19:21 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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. 

    19:13 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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

    19:07 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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

    19:03 (IST)06 Jan 2019

    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!

    18:57 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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.

    18:36 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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

    18:35 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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

    18:32 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    Team News:

    India start without Jeje Lalpekhlua in the lineup. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to lead India tonight

    18:23 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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.

    18:12 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    Sunil Chhetri speaks

    The captain shares his thoughts before the match:

    18:09 (IST)06 Jan 2019
    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.

    Predicted XI

    India (4-4-2): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subhasish Bose, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua

    Thailand (4-2-3-1): Chatchai Budprom, Theerathon Bunmathan, Pansa Hemviboon, Chalermpong Kerdkaew, Tristan Do, Thitipan Puangchan, Tanaboon Kesarat, Sumanya Purisai, Chanathip Songkrasin, Adisak Kraisorn, Teerasil Dangda