Asian Cup Qualification: India bow right down to Kyrgyzstan in remaining group recreation | Soccer


A late header Jeje Lalpekhlua was not sufficient to avoid wasting India’s blushes in Kyrgyzstan because the guests ended their Asian Cup qualification group stage with a 1-2 defeat on the Dolena Omarzukova Stadium in Bishkek on Tuesday. 

Anton Zemlianukhin scored as early because the third minute of the match and Mirlan Murzaev doubled the hosts’ lead within the 73rd minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua scored within the 87th minute to maintain India prime of the group standings. 

Aleksandr Krestinin made two modifications to his beginning lineup that thrashed Myanmar 5-1 and confirmed their progress into the Asian Cup finals. Pavel Matiash began in objective instead of Valery Kaszuba and Farhat Musabekov changed Aziz Sydykov in midfield. 

Stephen Constantine rang the modifications as India seemed to finish their qualification marketing campaign as group winners. There have been as many as 5 modifications from their 2-2 draw in opposition to Myanmar in November 2017. Balwant Singh was handed a begin up entrance within the absence of Sunil Chhetri who missed attributable to suspension.

Rowlin Borges and Mohammed Rafique had been paired up in midfield and Lalruatthara began because the right-back instead of Pritam Kotal who couldn’t journey attributable to visa points. Narayan Das began because the left-back and Jeje Lalpekhlua was pinned on the prime of a Four-2-Three-1 formation. 

Kyrgyzstan wanted to win by at the very least two objectives to face the prospect of topping the group and so they got here out of their blocks like whirlwind. Baymatov’s floating lengthy cross reached Kayrat on the precise who delivered a well-knit cross into the field.  Anton Zemlianukhin  ghosted previous Lalruatthara to position a left-footed first-time effort into the web to make it 1-Zero within the third minute of the match. 

India caught to their route-one soccer to chase the sport for an equaliser. Jeje Lalpekhlua was the lone goal within the attacking third however he was marshalled effectively for almost all of the primary half apart from a brain-fade from Kyrgyzstan skipper and centre-back Baymatov within the 17th minute. The defender used his hand to stop the ball from attending to the Mizo ahead and picked up a deserved yellow card nevertheless it may have simply been an early bathtub. 

Balwant Singh was denied a objective twice within the house of 11 minutes. Borges’ free-kick got here off the crossbar and fell to the Mumbai Metropolis striker who tapped it into the web however the flag had already been raised for offside. He raced previous his marker into the free house behind the house defence and slotted previous Matiash however the referee had blown his whistle for a foul a number of seconds earlier, a lot to Balwant’s dismay.

Narayan Das, who had a torrid first-half, was changed by Jerry Lalrinzuala on the break. However as Constantine shut down the left flank, Lalruatthara struggled to maintain up along with his marker on the opposite aspect of the pitch. 

Borges’ long-range effort within the 53rd minute examined the goalkeeper who may solely parry it into the trail of Udanta. The Bengaluru FC winger directed a low shot straight again into the fingers of Matiash.

Mirlan Murzaev  doubled his aspect’s lead within the 73rd minute. Duyshobekov took on and beat a struggling Lalruatthara on the left earlier than attracting the centre-backs in direction of the byline. The ahead minimize the ball again for Murzaev who freely roamed into the field and directed the ball into the web. 

It was an evening to neglect for India and Kyrgyzstan was threatening to prime the desk with a 2-Zero scoreline however a consolatory Jeje Lalpekhlua  objective within the 87th minute denied them the feat. Halicharan Narzary’s cross from the left was headed into the web by the Chennaiyin striker however there was not sufficient time for a comeback.

The two-1 end result introduced an finish to India’s 13-match unbeaten run however they finish their group stage as toppers with 13 factors.  

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