India succumbed to their fourth straight defeat in World Cup 2018 Qualifiers (Image source: AIFF)India fell to their fourth straight loss in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup Joint Qualifiers as they went down 2-1 to Turkmenistan away in Ashgabat. An early goal in the 9th minute from Guvunach Abylov put an end to a bright opening start from India. However, India recovered to level the scores through Jeje in the 29th minute and went into the break on level terms. But an insipid second half display saw India succumb to an Amanow winner in the 60th minute. India are still pointless and sit rock bottom of their group. The defeat compounded India’s woes ahead of their clash against Oman.Here we take a look at the five talking points from India’s defeat to Turkmenistan:
#1 Four losses in a row
Starting the qualifiers being seeded as the third best team in the group, India’s fall from grace has been rapid as India is not just rooted to the bottom of the group, but are also the lowest-ranked team in the group. It’s not that teams have swept the floor with India, the Blue Tigers have very much been in the contest in almost all the games so far, but have managed to end up on the losing side in each of those encounters.
While defeats to Iran and Oman were more or less expected for the Indian team faithful, losses to Guam and Turkmenistan have been a bitter pill to swallow for those who worship the Indian football team.
But the problem for Constantine is that it’s almost becoming a habit for his side and the opposition doesn’t seem to matter. That’s the most dangerous part and Constantine must do something to stop the rot. It doesn’t get a lot easier for the team as they have an away game in Muscat against Oman next, but probably that’s exactly the magnitude of a result which can lift this Indian team.