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Qualification assured, India take on Myanmar in Asian Cup Qualifier


Margao : Having made the cut, a buoyant Indian football team will fancy its chances when it lock horns with Myanmar in the return leg of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday.

Stephen Constantine’s men will be buoyed by their 12- match unbeaten streak in international football.

India qualified for the continental showpiece after crushing Macau 4-1, in a qualifier last month, and a point at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda would take them to the top position. Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan have four points each, while Macau are placed at the bottom of the table without a point. Myanmar, having lost their home match against India 0-1 in Yangoon, have arrived here three days early to get used to the conditions, and a win twould keep them in the fray.

Myanmar coach Gerd Zeise knows the importance of the game. “We have come here well prepared and have come three days early to get ourselves adjusted as we need to win. We were unlucky not to win at home after dominating the match, we created lots of scoring chances but our strikers failed to cash on them.

The Teams      

India XI: Gurpreeet Singh Sandhu (GK), Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Narayan Das, Jakichand Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowling Borges, Sunil Chhetri (C), Robin Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

Myanmar XI: Thiha Si Thu (GK), Zaw Min Tun, David Htan, Yan Aung Kyaw (C), Tin Win Aung, Aung Thu, Kyaw Ko Ko, Yan Naing Oo, Phyo Ko Ko Thein, Si Thu Aung.