India had earlier ensured their qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after the 4-1 win against Macau. On Tuesday, they faced Myanmar in Goa in what was a do-or-die match for Myanmar, who needed a win to keep their qualification hopes alive.
The away side started strongly, scoring with their first attack of the game. India equalized through a Sunil Chhetri penalty. However, Myanmar struck again and held the lead for a long period of the game before an excellent finish by Jeje Lalpekhlua ensured that the points will be shared on the night.
Let us now take a look at five major talking points from the match!
#1 Complacent start by India
Was it the hangover of the qualification to the 2019 Asian Cup? India had the worst start possible as Myanmar, who kicked off the match, took just 13 seconds to find the net with a cross from the left.
The defenders were having a bad day as their errors gave Myanmar some early chances to increase their lead, with keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu making some fine saves. The slow start to the game surely cost India two points in the group.