INDIA 2 (Sunil Chhetri 13', Jeje Lalpekhlua 69')
MYANMAR (Yan Naing Oo 1', Kyaw Ko Ko 19')
By Shoubhik Mukhopadhyay,
AIFF Media Team
MARGAO: India came back twice from the back to share the spoils with Myanmar in the final home fixture of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers at the Pandit JLN Stadium in Goa. Sunil Chhetri (13') and Jeje Lalpekhlua (69') found the back of the net in either half to eventually register a 2-2 draw. Courtesy the -2 draw, India are now firmly cushioned at the top of the group A of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier with 13 points from 5 matches.
Having conceded in the 19th second of the match, India regrouped fast.
A build-up down the left enabled India to restore parity when Hlaing Bo Bo brought down Captain Sunil Chhetri down inside the box in the 13th minute. The latter gleefully converted from the spot digging it to the left of the rival Goalkeeper Kyaw Zin to score his 56th International goal for India.
Six minutes later, Myanmar surged into the lead again as Kyaw Ko Ko rattled the back of the net from around 20 yards.
But that didn’t demoralise India. Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary switched flanks and Udanta, in particular, did manage to sneak in past his marker on a couple of occasions but the rival defence managed to recover in time.
India came close in the 30th minute when Sandesh Jhingan leapt higher than all to connect Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s corner but an acrobatic Zin managed to keep it at bay.
That apart, Chhetri ran past all in the 41st but his placement missed by a whisker.
Posted on : Tuesday November 14, 2017