India gave its countrymen the perfect Diwali present as they registered their first win of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup Joint Qualifying campaign as they beat Guam 1-0 in Bengaluru despite playing an entire half of the game with ten men, after Robin Singh’s cracking strike in the 11th minute had put India into the lead in the game.The Indians put in a real shift in the second half as they kept a relentless Guam outfit at bay to claim their first points of the qualifying campaign. The win was a much needed one for India after suffering five defeats on the bounce. The victory also eases the growing pressure on Coach Stephan Constantine whose job was on the line if some rumours are to be believed.However the game gave the fans plenty to cheer about and here are the five major talking points from India’s gritty win over Guam.
#1 Robin Singh silences his critics in style
Robin Singh had received plenty of stick from fans and pundits alike for his performances in the Indian shirt recently as the team fell to 5 consecutive defeats in the qualifying campaign. But the man from Delhi silenced his critics in grand fashion as he netted a breathtaking goal which lifted India to victory against Guam.
It was a clever piece of play from Robin Singh to create the space for a shot and followed it up with a truly exceptional finish. As the old cliche states, it was a goal worthy of winning any game of football.
But more than his exploits in front of goal, Robin won the fan’s hearts as he put in a tireless performance upfront and gave Brandon McDonald plenty of problems with his work rate. He provided India with an outlet all the time and India struggled to build many attacks of note after the Bengaluru FC man was replaced around the hour mark.
However, Robin Singh has silenced his critics in style today and the fans are back chanting his name again as seen when the entire stadium sung his name when the striker was substituted.