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IND vs BAH Match Result - AFC Asian Cup 2019
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90'+1' Jamal Rashed (P)
India miss out on a golden opportunity to qualify for the Round of 16.
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The other game between UAE and Thailand ends 1-1 and this definitely rules out India.
India fall to the fourth spot and crash out with just a win in 3 games.
UAE top Group A with 5 points, while Thailand are second with 4.
Bahrain qualify as one of the best third-placed teams with four points.
Bahrain break India's hearts with a late penalty converted by Jamil Rashed. Pronay Halder, after all those blocks, stretches out his leg on Alshamsan to concede the spot-kick.
India needed a draw or a win to move into the Round of 16. They failed to get both, playing for a draw.
The stats say it all. Zero shots on target. Not even 40 per cent of the ball possession. And all this has costed them dear in the end.
90+5' A Bahraini player who's not on the pitch receives a player for throwing a second ball onto the field.
It won't matter.
Precious seconds wasted.
90+4' Now, India can go through only if UAE score against Thailand.
Couple of more minutes left in that game.
90+1' Rashed scores.
The spot-kick is slotted into the centre. Gurpreet is already committed to the left.
Drama right at the end.
Gurpreet gets his fingertips on the ball and Salam Ranjan's clearance is only as far as Alshamsan.
Then, Pronay Halder is fooled into making a late and unnecessary tackle on the Bahraini, prompting the ref to immediately call a penalty.
Jamil Rashed to take.
Four minutes added.
88' Gurpreet moves further up, reading that dangerous ball behind Kotal to Mahroon.
The punch is emphatic and it's out for a corner.
Jeje wins a header finally after Gurpreet's long kick. He flicks it to Udanta and the ball is played back to Rowllin, who lets one shot fly.
India don't have a shot on target yet.
And Gurpreet keeps India in it the game with a stunning punch that deflects the corner away.
The rebound is blocked by Pritam Kotal.
Off the second corner, Subhasish Bose blocks another goal-bound attempt.
India breathe but they are not breathing easy.
84' Now, there are nine Indians near the box and only Jeje a bit up front.
Bahrain have a corner.
81' India are just unable to hold onto the ball even for a few seconds.
These last few minutes are going to be really difficult.
Hold on!
79' India make their final change and it's a much-needed one. At least, there will be some creativity in the midfield.
OFF - Halicharan Narzary
ON - Anirudh Thapa
78' Substitution - Bahrain
OFF - Ahmed Juma
ON - Sami Alhusaini
A striker on for a left-back.
74' All of India's 11 players are at the goal-line to cover the shot. Bahrain take a touch before Jamal Rashed hits. It's straight at the wall.
Pronay gets the block.
73' Back pass? And that could be the most controversial decision of the game.
The ref Tantashev Ilgiz, calls for an indirect free-kick inside the penalty box.
Subhasish Bose stretches out his leg to prevent Abdulla Yusuf from prodding further. Gurpreet catches it but the ref calls for a foul
The Reds catch India off-guard. Jhingan slides and cannot prevent a corner. Even before he's able to get up, Bahrain have played the corner and the substitute Marhoon hits the post after a melee at the Indian goal.
So close. India can breathe.
69' Just when India get the ball, they immediately drop it to their strikers and lose it.
They have not threatened the opposition goalkeeper so far in this match. You know why.
Udanta Singh rushes back for his defensive duties and slides into the Abdulla Yusuf INSIDE THE BOX!
He gets the ball, fortunately, and Abdulla Yusuf needs treatment.
He's already carrying an injury, but is back to his feet.
65' India have a set-piece routine worked out with Udanta Singh playing it to Subhasish and then to Chhetri but the prolific striker lets it fly.
64' India break on the counter.
Udanta Singh powers through and as he's about to set up Jeje, Alshamsan dives in from behind.
Yellow - Hamad Mahmood Alshamsan
63' Jamal Rashed, who has been taking most of Bahrain's long-rangers, curls in a free-kick. 
Gurpreet saves.
61' Gurpreet flies at the goalline to get to long-ranger by Alaswad. Indians fail to close him down in time, allowing the midfielder time for a shot.
61' Substitution - Bahrain
OFF - Mohamed Alromaihi
ON - Abdulla Yusuf Helal
And that could have almost shocked India.
Subhasish lets his marker slip on the right, the substitute Marhoon.
The midfielder's pass is meant for Alromaihi but Sandesh Jhingan gets his body in and ensured Al Romaihi cannot get to the ball.
59' Pronay throws his weight around Jamal Rashed and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position - on the right.
He rescues India by barging out of his defensive position to clear it out.
55' Substitution - Bahrain
OFF - Ali Madan
ON - Mohamed Jasim Marhoon
For strange reasons, Soukup takes off his best player.
54' A couple of free-kicks for and against India and the momentum is broken.
On the other hand, India too are aimlessly floating long-balls towards Jeje.
51' Pronay and Narzary both go for the same header and collide. Narzary then brings down Ali Madan seconds later. 
Bahrain are pushing.
49' Mistake from Pritam again.
The full-back glances it back and Bahrain pounce. The square-back falls to Ali Madan but it's out for a corner.
Focus! That's what India need right now.
48' India break on the counter after a Jhingan block. Jeje flicks it to Chhetri but it doesn't proceed any further.
46' India go into the second half with a substitution.
OFF - Ashique Kuruniyan
ON - Jeje Lalpekhlua
Back in 2011, India were 4-1 down at half-time to Bahrain.
Eight years down the line, India have held them goalless in these 45 minutes.
India have been defensively solid but have not quite threatened up front.
Sandesh Jhingan has been the pick of the players for his timely interceptions. To be fair, India were unbalanced for a few moments after Anas Edathodika had to be replaced within the first five minutes by Salam Ranjan Singh.
It's 1-1 between UAE and Thailand in the other game. If things are the same at the end of the next 45, India will qualify for Round of 16.
Stay tuned for the second half!
45+2' Pronay!
What a block.
The Indian captain takes charge.
After having a few words with Udanta Singh for not chasing the ball, he blocks the header by Ahmed Juma off a corner to keep India in the game.
And that's half-time.
45' In other news, India's possession has risen to 46% against Bahrain. They are enjoying the most possession out of the three games they have played.
Two minutes added.
42' Sayed Dhiya's long-ranger is no worry for Gurpreet.
And -- oh no. Thailand have found an equaliser against UAE. 1-1 in the other game. Thitipan Puangchan scores.
All those permutations and combinations will come into effect again. 
41' Substitute Salam Ranjan has a bit of tidying up to do as he pushes the ball out after winning the ball from Alromaihi. Gurpreet saves the corner.
39' India's best players in each of the departments have been Sandesh Jhingan, Pronay Halder and Sunil Chhetri. If only they can find a finishing touch here...
36' Ahmed Juma stifles Pronay Halder with a rash challenge. Jhingan's free-kick is at Sunil Chhetri again but the ref calls for a Bahraini free-kick for an offence by the flying Indian.
35' A delayed offside?
Alromaihi should have been given offside before the corner but the linesman makes up for the error by calling Jamal Rashed off when the corner was played back.
33' Alromaihi is furious for not receiving the pass from his teammate Ahmed Juma despite being clear of Jhingan.
To be fair to Juma, it was Jhingan who came up with a solid block once again.
32' Bahrain are being tracked back and stopped at the edge of the box.
Finding no space, Jamal Rashed fires from 35 yards out and it's nowhere close to the goal.
India are doing well for frustrate their opponents.
30' Bahrain once again enjoy the lion's share of possession. 
But India are picking their moments well to hit them on the counter.
28' Good build up from India.
The ball is moved from right to left though Udanta, Ashique, Pronay and Halicharan. The winger squares it back and sets up Chhetri for a shot but a Bahraini defender closes him down.
But there's no booking. Subhasish Bose is abruptly stopping from proceeding further down the left flank by a one-legged sliding tackle by Ali Madan. Ref doesn't even think about a card. Meanwhile, Rowllin plays his free-kick too deep into the box and is picked out by the keeper.
22' Hali effect!
Halicharan Narzary fires one from the left after Jhingan drops a free-kick deep into the box. But it's deflected off the boot of his Bahraini marker for a corner.
20' A long goal-kick by Gurpreet is not dealt with by the Bahraini defenders and Sunil Chhetri is given a chase but he's unable to get to the ball in time.
Sandesh Jhingan gives it all to stretch out and stop Alromaihi from pushing further with the ball. He gets a knock on his eye as a result.
India need to up their physicality to another level in this game.
17' No need to panic.
Narzary has gotten back to his feet and Sunil Chhetri is warned by the ref for an elbow on a Bahraini defender.
15' Pritam Kotal is nowhere near his marker and that gives Sayed Dhiya another free header.
But oh-oh, Narzary seems to have received a knock now.
India can't seriously make a second substitution due to injury so early in the game?
And perhaps, that's the most important block that the defender could make.
Bahrain attack from the left though Sayed Dhiya and the ball is meant for Alromaihi, but Jhingan gets himself in a good position and slides the ball away.
There's a lot of action in the flanks. Narzary's cross is headed away but Pritam Kotal picks Ashique Kuruniyan out, whose header is an easy pick for Bahrain's Sayed Shubbar.
8' UAE 1-0!
In the other game between UAE and Thailand, the host country of the Asian Cup take the lead through Ali Ahmed Mabkhout. Mabkhout heads in from a close range into the top-corner.
This makes India's progression into the Round of 16 easier. They only need a draw.
8' Ali Madan earns himself a needless yellow by continuing to play despite the ref calling an offside. Madan went as far as slotting the ball into the back of the net. Gurpreet of course didn't bother to make a save.
Yellow - Ali Madan (Bahrain)
7' Another long-ranger from Sayed Dhiya gives Gurpreet trouble.
But he grabs it from below his feet.

6' SHOT!
Jamal Rashed, who was brought on into the XI for this game especially, has a hit from outside the box.
Gurpreet Singh ducks and punches it away.
Bahrain have a second attempt but it's off-target.
4' Salam Ranjan waits.
He's the only player from the I-League (East Bengal) in the Indian national team in case you didn't know.
OFF - Anas Edathodika
ON - Salam Ranjan Singh
3' A free-kick for India goes to waste but we've bigger problems now.
Anas Edathodika appears to have suffered a minor injury.
All eyes on two strikers on the opposite side of the pitch. One is Mohamed Alromaihi, who scored against UAE, but more focus is on whether Sunil Chhetri can work his wonder for India again.
Anthems done and now we wait. A long one at that.
This will be Pronay Halder's first match as the Indian captain. 
Time for kick-off.
Bahrain scored their goal against UAE off a set-piece. If India guard against the set-piece threat, this game will be theirs.
India can exploit the gaps left behind by the Bahraini defenders in the wings and pump in those crosses to threaten the opposition goalkeeper.
Well, enough of what India can do. 
Stay tuned to find out what they are doing as we await the national anthems.
Bengaluru FC - 3; Kerala Blasters - 3; ATK - 2; Mumbai City FC - 1; FC Pune City - 1; NorthEast United - 1. That's how the Starting XI is divided among the ISL clubs.
Stephen Constantine: “Football is as popular in India in my opinion – it’s just not written about as much."
Tantashev Ilgiz of Uzbekistan will be the main referee for the match. 
A former player, he has officiated in some AFC Champions League matches.
The linesmen are Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan) and Sergei Grishchenko (Kyrgyz Republic). The fourth official is Ronnie Koh Min Kiat of Singapore.
Blue Tigers out to tame Red Lions?
"When we go on the pitch, we have to decide whether we are lions or chickens. We have had meetings with the players and it is now time for them to change our identity to lions," Miroslav Soukup claimed before the game.
Constantine, in response, claimed whoever they face - be it lions, chickens or donkeys, they have to go for the win.
No Thapa!
India have made that one change with Rowllin Borges coming into the Starting XI instead of Anirudh Thapa.
Bahrain have also made one change. Jamal Rashed is in for Mohamed Jasim Marhoon
We've the line-ups!
India Playing XI:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Subhasish Bose, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder (captain), Udanta Singh, Rowllin Borges, Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan

Bahrain Playing XI: Sayed Shubbar Alawi (GK), Waleed Mohamed Alhayam, Sayed Dhiya Saeed, Hamad Mahmood Alshamsan, Abdul Wahab Ali Alsafi (captain), Ali Madan, Ahmed Ali Juma, Mohamed Saad Alromaihi, Sayed Redha Isa, Komail Hasan Alaswad, Jamal Rashed Abdulrahman
Bahrain have conceded in all of their previous 20 Asian Cup games, the most by any team. Kuwait and Hong Kong were the previous sides who conceded in 10 matches.
In the last meeting between the two sides, which was during the 2011 Asian Cup, India lost 5-2. But a lot has changed since then.
Coach Stephen Constantine wants India to win the encounter rather than wait to qualify as a third-placed team with a draw.
“If we win, we don’t have to worry about anyone else. So we’ll focus on ourselves and see what happens from there,” Constantine said before the game.
India were runners-up in the 1964 edition of the Asian Cup but if they qualify to the Round of 16 tonight, this feat could change the way the game is perceived in the country.
How do you think India will approach this game?
Will they press the full throttle or bid their time and hit Bahrain on the counter? Remember, India have not enjoyed the majority of the possession in both of their group games so far. They have excelled as a counter-attacking side.
We're edging closer to kickoff from Sharjah, there are less than five hours to go, now. India expects. Can the Blue Tigers make a nation dream?
Remember, India need a win or a draw to confirm qualification for the Round of 16. If they do finish second in the group, they will face the loser of the match between South Korea and China in the next round. 
A little about Bahrain's coach, Miroslav Soukup.
Coach since 2016, he helmed the Reds to the semi-finals of the Gulf Cup in 2018. 
He coached Czech Republic during the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada and is a former national team coach of Yemen.
According to reports, midfielder Pronay Halder will be named the captain for the encounter against Bahrain. 
Bhaichung Bhutia - 107;
Sunil Chhetri - 106.
But has India's highest goalscorer already surpassed Bhutia in his number of appearances for India? Decide for yourself by reading this.
Bahrain Predicted XI: Sayed Shubbar Alawi, Ahmed Juma, Waleed Al Hayam, Hamad Al-Shamsan, Sayed Redha Issa, Sayed Dhiya Saeed, Komail Al Aswad, Abdulwahab Al Safi, Ali Madan, Jamal Rasheed, Mohamed Al Romaihi
We think India could go with the same XI as before. The captain could be different.
India Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subhasish Bose, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri
India vs Bahrain preview:
It all comes down to this as India play Bahrain in their final Group A game of the Asian Cup 2019 at the Sharjah Stadium on Monday.

A win will guarantee India a spot in the Round of 16 and an easier opponent too. However, India can still qualify with a draw. A loss for them and for Thailand in the other game against UAE will mean they will have to wait for the results from all the other groups to qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.

India, helmed by Stephen Constantine, can go for the win itself in this fixture. Bahrain are placed fourth on the group and have one point from their draw with UAE in the opener.

India, on the other hand, suffered a setback after their morale-boosting 4-1 win over Thailand, losing 0-2 to UAE. Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan and Sandesh Jhingan fluffed a couple of chances for India in that game, while Udanta Singh and Jhingan hit the crossbar on one occasion each.

Yet, that was a promising performance against the higher-ranked UAE and it will give India a renewed sense of hope against Bahrain.

Constantine could make no changes to the Starting XI and he'll have his players play out long balls and hope that wingers Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary show their pace from running behind the Bahraini defenders to win the ball at the attacking third.

This strategy played out quite well in the first half against UAE but India could not find the back of the net.

Given that Bahrain will come all out for the three points, India will have to wait for their best moment to hit their opponents on the counter.

India anyway have not enjoyed most of the possession in their two games and that trend could continue against Bahrain.

India have to be wary of the threat posed by Ali Madan, an attack-minded midfielder who could create a couple of chances for them.

Mohamed Al-Romaihi will be the main goal threat, having found the back of the net in Bahrain's Asian Cup opener against UAE.

Goalkeeper Sayed Shubbar is as good as the UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisa, who denied India with a couple of fine saves in their previous game.

For India, Sunil Chhetri will bear the responsibility of leading the side past the group stages.

The defenders will have to stay focused throughout the 90 minutes and not give in to any distractions during the game.
When and where to watch:
The game will be telecast live on Star Sports Network. Live streaming on Hotstar. The kick-off is at 9.30 pm IST
Ahmed Bughammar
Jamal Rashed, Penalty
A. Thapa
H. Narzary
Sami Al Husaini
Ahmed Juma
Hamad Al Shamsan
Abdulla Yusuf Helal
Mohamed Al Romaihi
Mohamed Jasim Marhoon
Ali Madan
J. Lalpekhlua
A. Kuruniyan
Salam Singh
A. Edathodika
Bahrain (4-2-3-1)
Miroslav Soukup (Manager)
G. Singh
S. Bose
A. Edathodika
S. Jhingan
P. Kotal
H. Narzary
P. Halder
R. Borges
U. Singh
S. Chhetri
A. Kuruniyan
Sayed Shubbar
Ahmed Juma
Waleed Al Hayam
Hamad Al Shamsan
Sayed Reda Issa
Kamil Al Aswad
Abdulwahab Ali
Sayed Dhiya
Jamal Rashed
Ali Madan
Mohamed Al Romaihi
Bahrain (4-2-3-1)
Miroslav Soukup (Manager)
India Subs
N. Das
S. Golui
V. Kaith
J. Lalpekhlua
S. Passi
V. Rai
B. Singh
Salam Singh
A. Singh
J. Singh
G. Singh
A. Thapa
Bahrain Subs
Mahdi Al Humaidan
Sami Al Husaini
Mohamed Jasim Marhoon
Ahmed Abdulla Ali
Sayed Baqer
Ahmed Bughammar
Abdulkarim Fardan
Ali Haram
Abdulla Yusuf Helal
Ahmed Merza
Yusuf Habib
Jassim Al Shaikh
3 SHOTS 22
17 FOULS 12
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 2 5
2 Thailand 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Bahrain 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 India 3 1 0 2 0 3
Group B
1 Jordan 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Australia 3 2 0 1 3 6
3 Palestine 3 0 2 1 -3 2
4 Syria 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group C
1 Korea Republic 3 3 0 0 4 9
2 China PR 3 2 0 1 2 6
3 Kyrgyz Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Philippines 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Group D
1 Iran 3 2 1 0 7 7
2 Iraq 3 2 1 0 4 7
3 Vietnam 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Yemen 3 0 0 3 -10 0
Group E
1 Qatar 3 3 0 0 10 9
2 Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Lebanon 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Korea DPR 3 0 0 3 -13 0
Group F
1 Japan 3 3 0 0 3 9
2 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Oman 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Turkmenistan 3 0 0 3 -7 0
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament AFC Asian Cup 2019 - Week 3
Stadium Al-Sharjah Stadium
Match time Mon, 14 Jan 2019, 09:30 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2019 23:33 PM | Published: Jan 13, 2019 08:35 AM