Asian Cup qualifier: Kyrgyzstan defeat India 2-1

  • Asian Cup qualifier: Kyrgyzstan defeat India 2-1

Asian Cup qualifier: Kyrgyzstan defeat India 2-1

Notably, Chhetri had scored the only goal in India's 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in the reverse fixture in Bengaluru in June, 2017.

Within the first two minutes of the match, Kyrgyzstan established who were better team on the day.

Tajikistan's defeat ensured Yemen's qualification for the first time since unification, despite being forced to play all their home matches on neutral territory. They gave everything they had.

They are at the top of Group A with 13 points. "The job for us is done". Tomorrow is a new match and we both will have to start from zero. It took us too long to get into the game, " he explained. "We were unlucky to be trailing by a goal in half-time", said the Englishman in the post-match conference. Kyrgyzstan had only one shot at goal in the first half. We have conceded few and have been able to put pressure on our opponents. If we would have scored 10 minutes earlier, it would have been a different game.

Constantine revealed that the team needs to rectify their errors in certain phases but acknowledges the transition made by the group through the years. No coach thinks that his team is going to lose when they go into a game.

Gurpreet highlighted the importance of a solid back four which lays the bedrock for the success of any team.

Stephen Constantine has been at the center of criticism after India's loss against 2-1 Kyrgyzstan yesterday ending their 2 year undefeated streak, his team selection and tactics were questioned as India were completely outplayed by the opposition. We have a good future, " he asserted.

United Arab Emirates will host the tournament in January, where 2015 hosts Australia will seek to defend their crown after appearing in last year's FIFA Confederations Cup as Asian champions. It's an ongoing process; I don't want to close the door for anyone.