Asian Cup Qualifier: India 6-1 Laos - 5 talking points
A look at five of the biggest talking points as India move on to the second round of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup.
India booked their place in the second phase of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification in emphatic fashion. The Blue Tigers, after an initial hiccup, came roaring back as they pummelled Laos 6-1 at Guwahati to book their place in the final 40 of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, winning the tie 7-1 on aggregate.
The crowd at the Indira Gandhi Stadium witnessed, what can be said to be arguably the finest half of football as India put four past a hapless Laos defence.
As India romp home to their biggest ever since 2007, we look at the five biggest points of the game.
#1 A great start from the visitors
India got off to the worst start possible when they conceded in the 16th minute when Khonesavanh Sihavong rifled Laos back into the tie. It was not only conceding the goal, but also the way they conceded it. The visitors dominated play to begin with and looked especially ominous on the counter. After scaring the hosts a number of times with their slick play at the beginning stages of the game, they finally took the lead in the game as another pacy counter from down the right left the Indian defence wanting.
After Khantavong beat Rino Anto, his cross found Sihavong in the box. The Laos number seven had the time to take a touch, compose himself and slot it past Gurpreet Singh at his near post. With Laos rampaging down the flanks, it looked more than likely that they could score even more.