AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers: India Vs Macau - All the numbers you need to know ahead of the second face-off
India are set to square off to against Macau for the second time in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019 on October 11th. India won the previous match against Macau 2-0 and look ready to do it again tomorrow in Bengaluru's Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Stephen Constantine's team will make history if they beat Macau again, as it would mean their qualification for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time after 2011.
The match was going to take place on 10th October initially but got delayed a day due to an apparent clash with India's cricket match. Consequently, the Blue Tigers have got another day to prepare, as they look to defeat Macau for the second time. However, they will do it carefully as instructed by their coach Constantine, who said that the Indian team will look to open up the opponent's defence patiently and tactically.
India are sitting undefeated on top of Group A, and while Palestine and Oman have already passed through to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 finals by achieving emphatic wins in Group B, India now has the opportunity to join them, if they defeat Macau.
Now let's have a glance at all the facts and figures that we should have in mind when we witness the action, that will take place in Bengaluru tomorrow (11th October) :
1 - The number of times that India have taken part in the AFC Asia Cup Qualifiers before the current edition of 2019.
2 - The number of goals that India scored in their first encounter with Macau was 2. It will also be the 2nd time that India will face Macau in the current tournament.
3 - It is the unbeaten streak of 3 matches (in the Group A qualifier of AFC) for India this year, that they will look to increase in Bengaluru tomorrow, against Macau.
7 - The number of goals scored against Macau in Group A.
11 - The date on which the match is going to take place in October 2017.
54 - The Indian captain Sunil Chhetri has a chance to add to his total of 54 international goals if he scores against Macau.
75 - It's the number of ranks India is above Macau, in FIFA rankings. India's FIFA ranking is 107 and Macau are at 182nd place.
2002 - The year when India won their first major international trophy (LG Cup) under the management of Stephen Constantine.
24,000 - The number of people that the Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru can house for witnessing the live action.
17 - It's been more than 17 months that India have lost an away game. Their last defeat away from home was against Iran in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Since then, the boys have outclassed their opponents every time.
Here's to hoping that India will do what they do best, against Macau. Hoping that they repeat their scintillating performance of 5th October, and qualify for the AFC finals ultimately. The Blue Tigers look in good shape, and are calm and composed to face the 'historic' challenge, under the stewardship of Constantine.