India aim for Round of 16

Postado Janeiro 14, 2019

India suffered a heartbreak as they conceded an injury time goal through a penalty to lose 0-1 to Bahrain and crash out of the showpiece Asian Cup under dramatic circumstances here on Monday. On the other hand, Bahrain are yet to secure a win in the group stages.

A draw against the West Asian side, now ranked 113, will be enough for India (ranked 97) to qualify for the round of 16 for the first time in the continent's showpiece event after failed attempts in 1984 and 2011.

Hello & welcome to FOX Sports Asia's live blog for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group A match between hosts United Arab Emirates and Thailand.

Meanwhile, in the other Group A match Thailand and the UAE are tied 1-1.

Historically, India have won just one match against Bahrain in seven matches played so far between the two countries.

In 1984 and 2011 also, India had crashed out of the tournament in the group stage.

Bahrain have won on five occasions win while one match had ended in a draw. With India and Thailand both on four points, it would be India staying on due to a better head-to-head. There was not a single knock-out match in that edition. A very poor performance in the second half vs India resulted in a 1 - 4 loss and leaving Thai football fans in shock.

Rowlin Borges is an option for Pranoy Halder in the role of a defensive midfielder while attacking midfielder Anirudha Thapa was a bit subdued against UAE.

The head coach is unlikely to make changes at the heart of the defence as well as in the upfront duo of Chhetri and Kuruniyan. India had more shots at opposition goal though UAE had the overwhelming possession.

Central defender Sandesh Jhingan, the seniormost of them, was brilliant yet again, as he made some crucial interceptions inside the box to deny the Bahrain attackers to connect the crosses from the flanks.

Jeje Lapekhlua has been the preferred forward for Constantine to come in as substitute. The woodwork saved India in the 71st minute as Marhoon's header off a corner hit the upright.