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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers: India 2-0 Macau - As it happened

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedSep 05, 2017 18:58 IST

India 2-0 Macau, Full-time

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18:58 (IST)5 SEP 2017

A point to note - the quality of the crosses from out fullbacks - Narayan Das and Pritam Kotal. Das goes away with an assist but on another day, Kotal could have come away with three. 

18:56 (IST)5 SEP 2017

The substitution did all the trick. Balwant Singh coming off the bench to replace Eugeneson Lyngdoh made all the difference as he comes away with both the goals - helping India to all three points and a step closer to realising their Asian dream.

18:53 (IST)5 SEP 2017

PEEP! PEEP! PEEP!

That's it, the Indian Tigers have done it. The unbeaten run stretches to 11 games. Their third consecutive win in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. 

A step closer to realising the Asian Dream.

18:51 (IST)5 SEP 2017

90+3' -  GOAAAL!??

No. India nearly had their third goal but not before the off side flag is raised.

18:50 (IST)5 SEP 2017

90+2' - A long ball over the top and that man Balwant Singh is running his heart out. Gets to the ball and looks to get Chhetri in. 

But it hasn't been the best of games for the skipper. He looks to roll his man but gets the ball intercepted!

18:48 (IST)5 SEP 2017

90+1' - A run down the right and the hosts just produced a rare cross into the box. Low one and easily dealt with by Sandesh Jhingan.

18:48 (IST)5 SEP 2017

Three minutes added on.

18:47 (IST)5 SEP 2017

90' - Jacki with the throw into Balwant. Goes back to the winger who goes past his man and finds Sunil Chhetri. But he can't get the shot away.

18:46 (IST)5 SEP 2017

89' - Some cramps for Pritam Kotal. He has run himself into the ground. 

18:46 (IST)5 SEP 2017

88' - Macau with some possession. But they really pack no punch in the final third. This has been too easy for India. But they won't mind.

18:44 (IST)5 SEP 2017

87' - Germanpreet Singh comes in for Jeje Lalpekhlua - India's last substitution for the game.

18:44 (IST)5 SEP 2017

86' - Narzary with the run and the Macau defence parted like the Red Sea. Puts in a cross but that is overhit.

18:43 (IST)5 SEP 2017

This is amazing from Balwant. He was quality for Mohun Bagan last season - forcing Jeje Lalpekhlua out of the team. And since coming back to the national team, he has been stellar.

18:41 (IST)5 SEP 2017

83' - GOAAAALLL!!

Balwant Singh again. Gurpreet sees Balwant with a great run and the keeper with a huge punt. The defender made a mistake and the forward was there to tuck it over the keeper who had advanced looking to deal with the danger.

18:40 (IST)5 SEP 2017

82' - A corner for the home team. Kong Hao with the corner and that is straight to Gurpreet.

18:39 (IST)5 SEP 2017

81' - Macau looking for a spark but not as long as Sandesh Jhingan. The Kerala Blasters man slides in to put that away.

18:37 (IST)5 SEP 2017

80' - India with their second sub.

Jackichand Singh comes on for Udanta Singh.

18:37 (IST)5 SEP 2017

79' -  SHOT from DISTANCE!

Narzary with the effort from long range but that is not going to worry anyone.

18:36 (IST)5 SEP 2017

Play stopped at the moment as a Macanese player is down at the moment.

18:35 (IST)5 SEP 2017

76' - Finally some intent from the hosts as their own substitute looks to go through the backline but Anas is there to thwart that.

18:34 (IST)5 SEP 2017

75' - MISTIMED!

India with all the freedom to play the ball wherever they want. Errant pass from Pritam this time but Udanta recovers that and puts in the ball from the right. Deflected and by the time it reaches Balwant, he is already on the way down.

18:32 (IST)5 SEP 2017

74' - India have been playing the ball around with no real intent from the hosts. 

Pritam into Jeje but he can't get that ball in control.

18:30 (IST)5 SEP 2017

72' - India on the charge again. Balwant finds Jeje but a timely tackle means India have another corner.

Ball deep into the box and Balwant again with the header. This time he finds the side netting.

18:29 (IST)5 SEP 2017

71' - India get the ball again and Das with another ball into the box. Not the same quality and that comes to Udanta on the right. Takes a touch and then hits it well. 

INCHES WIDE!

18:28 (IST)5 SEP 2017

70' - Rowllin with the corner. Chhetri with the flick on but that is headed cleared but not really far. Drops to Udanta who looked to find Sunil again instead of taking a shot.

18:27 (IST)5 SEP 2017

69' - Action underway and India straight back on the attack as the Blues get a corner.

18:25 (IST)5 SEP 2017

Play stopped at the moment as one the Macau player is down at the moment.

18:25 (IST)5 SEP 2017

67' - Udanta working on the right and he was hacked down. But India again gets no FK there. Surprising to say the least.

18:23 (IST)5 SEP 2017

65' -  Jeje nearly sneaked in. But the Macau defence with a timely touch and India get another corner.

Played short and comes out to Rowllin who looked for a cross but that is just a tad overcooked.

18:22 (IST)5 SEP 2017

64' - Ball into the middle from the corner finds Jhingan in the middle. But the Macau defence deal with it finally.

18:21 (IST)5 SEP 2017

63' - PRITAAAM!

The right back this time allowed space to move forward and he unleashes on from 35 yards out. On target and the keeper had to palm it over.

18:20 (IST)5 SEP 2017

62' - India still in control. An errant pass from Udanta nearly has India relinquishing possession. But they get it back.

18:19 (IST)5 SEP 2017

61' - NEARLY!

Another great ball from Pritam and Balwant should have made that 2-0. Great ball and Balwant with the timely run but he can't hit the target under pressure. But should have done better.

18:18 (IST)5 SEP 2017

60' - India comfortable in possession as they look to calm things down.

18:17 (IST)5 SEP 2017

59' - India with a throw in from the left. Comes in and Balwant Singh lays it off for Jeje. He has a crack from the edge of the box but that is blocked away.

18:17 (IST)5 SEP 2017

58' -  India are not letting the pedal off the metal. Right on the from foot and India looking for a second.

18:15 (IST)5 SEP 2017

57' - GOAAAAALLL!!

And Balwant Singh it is, the man who came in at half time who delivers for IND. The Blues played the ball around. The ball finally comes to the left where Narayan Das delivers a great ball and the Mumbai City man no mistake from about seven yards out.

18:14 (IST)5 SEP 2017

56' - Kotal plays it forward and then Jeje tries a fancy dummy but no one beyond him though.

18:13 (IST)5 SEP 2017

54' -  FK to IND in a dangerous position. 

Chhetri with the effort but that is not on target.

18:12 (IST)5 SEP 2017

53' -  India down the left. Narayan Das to Halicharan who delivers but his ball is too deep and gets away.

18:11 (IST)5 SEP 2017

52' -  Macau on the attack. But the Indian defence stands firm and get the ball away.

18:11 (IST)5 SEP 2017

51' - Narayan Das with the ball in from the left. But his cross is not as good from the left.

18:10 (IST)5 SEP 2017

50' - OFF THE BAR!

Sunil Chhetri this time gets at the end of another great ball from Pritam from the right. The header is at the keeper who palms it straight on to the crossbar. 

18:09 (IST)5 SEP 2017

49' - WIDE!

Just wide from Balwant Singh. Great cross on the right and the new man on the scene heads it just wide of the target.

18:08 (IST)5 SEP 2017

Eugeneson Lyngdoh is the one to make way.

18:07 (IST)5 SEP 2017

A big change in the second half and Balwant Singh has come into the thick of things.

17:48 (IST)5 SEP 2017

It's been a laboured half of football from India against this not-so-adventurous Macau side. The Blue Tigers have created most of the first half openings but a goal remains elusive. Can Chhetri and co put this game to bed in the second half? Or will Constantine introduce Robin and Balwant in the second half? The 2nd period starts in a while. 

17:46 (IST)5 SEP 2017

Half-time: India 0-0 Macau

17:46 (IST)5 SEP 2017

45+1' Chhetri is on the end of a long punt from Gurpreet but the captain is flagged for handling the ball. Had the referee not intervened, Udanta would've been away after Chhetri set up him nicely. Sigh!

17:45 (IST)5 SEP 2017

45+1' 1 minute of stoppage time added.
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