India put of their worst efficiency of the event to lose to Bahrain 1-Zero and crash out of the Asian Cup. A late penalty transformed by Jamal Rashed gave The Crimson all three factors and despatched them by to the spherical of 16.
The consequence, together with Thailand’s 1-1 draw with UAE meant that UAE undergo as group toppers whereas Bahrain completed second. Thailand completed third and can discover their destiny out in spite of everything the opposite teams end their matches. India ended their match with three factors.
The Indian coach Stephen Constantine introduced his resignation on the press convention after the match, saying that he’ll transfer on.
Stephen Constantine will NOT proceed as India coach. Publicizes within the press convention he’ll transfer on #IndianFootball
— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) January 14, 2019
Needing a draw or a win to progress, the Blue Tigers began the sport on the again foot as they have been pegged again by Bahrain with repeated crosses into the field. Simply after three minutes, Anas Edathodika had to get replaced by Salam Ranjan Singh after he suffered a knee damage.
The Bahraini aspect bought their first try on the right track quickly as Rashed’s shot from exterior the field took a deflection however was palmed away by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The rebound was put broad.
In what was India’s solely try to attempt a shot on purpose within the recreation, Pritam Kotal’s cross discovered Ashique Kuruniyan, whose wayward header posed no menace in any respect.
Sandesh Jhingan was at his finest as he made a few nice interceptions to stop Mohamed Al Romaihi from getting a shot away. The final minute of the primary half noticed Bahrain threaten from a nook however Pronay Halder blocked the try very properly.
Stephen Constantine introduced on Jeje Lalpekhlua for the ineffective Ashique proper from the start of the second half. India although, began poorly once more as Bahrain piled on the stress with crosses and ultimately Jhingan’s intervention prevented Al Romaihi from scoring.
A free-kick from Rashed was then saved properly by Gurpreet. Quickly after, The Crimson got here near breaking the impasse as substitute Marhoon hit the publish. A horrible choice from the referee ensued as he awarded Bahrain an oblique free-kick for a perceived again cross from Subhasish, when it clearly was not. India nevertheless, defended it properly and prevented the purpose.
Gurpreet was at it once more as he threw out his proper hand to save lots of a header that was destined to be a purpose. Quickly, he got here off his line and punched the ball away from hazard to stop one other clear try on purpose.
Tragedy struck within the 90th minute as a melee within the field noticed the ball come out to Al Shamsan, who was needlessly upended by Halder. The referee pointed to the spot and Jamal Rashed made no mistake from the spot to attain and break Indian hearts.
Sandesh Jhingan – 9/10
The person from Punjab was a lion on the again for India, making well timed interceptions and stepping in to place his physique on the road to maintain the scores degree. He was the most effective Indian participant on the evening.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 8/10
Regardless of a shaky starting, Gurpreet made a variety of good stops and marshalled his defence properly. His instinctive save from a header and talent to learn hazard and step out was excellent.
Stephen Constantine – 1/10
After two video games wherein the crew performed very properly and bought their techniques spot on, Constantine deserves the criticism for the listless soccer the Indian crew performed tonight. They appeared solely to defend and try to assault by aimless lengthy balls, which did nothing to assist their case.
The Englishman introduced his resignation on the post-match press convention, bringing to an finish his second spell as coach of the Indian crew.