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AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain highlights: Chhetri & Co lose 0-1 to crash out

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Catch all the highlight of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and Bahrain

By HT Correspondent | Jan 14, 2019 23:59 IST

As it happened: India played valiantly to keep Bahrain at bay for almost the entirety of the match, but they conceded a penalty in the stoppage time. Jamal Rashed shot straight through the centre to put India out and take Bahrain through to the round of 16.

Here’s how the India-Bahrain clash unfolded:

23:25 hrs IST

Heartbreak for India; India 0 - Bahrain 1

The late goal India conceded means the UAE and Thailand are through as automatic qualifiers from Group A, while Bahrain have confirmed their place as one of the four best third-placed teams.

India are heading out in the most heartbreaking manner.

23:19 hrs IST

India concede late goal; India 0 - Bahrain 1

Jamal Rashed went straight through the middle to put Bahrain ahead. And now they are going through. As things stand, India are heading out.

23:18 hrs IST

India concede penalty

Will Gurpreet come to rescue?

23:05 hrs IST

India make final change; 0-0

Anirudh Thapa comes on for Narzary. Last 10 minutes underway in Sharjah.

23:02 hrs IST

India hold on! 0-0

Pronay, Gurpreet and Jhingan came rushing out to avert the danger. The match is still scoreless.

23:00 hrs IST

Danger for India; 0-0

Bahrain have an indirect free-kick for a back pass!

22:58 hrs IST

India can’t keep the ball

It’s all Bahrain for now. India are struggling to keep the ball as Bahrain keep attacking the Indian goal. The Blue Tigers need to way to keep possession.

22:53 hrs IST

Set-piece for India; 0-0

Udanta Singh wins a free-kick for India in a danger area with a good run but Sunil Chhetri fails to find target. He then makes a defensive tackle in the Indian penalty area to keep the Blue Tigers in the game.

25 minutes to go!

22:50 hrs IST

Meanwhile, Jhingan continues to shine

22:48 hrs IST

Sayed Isa tries from long range

The Bahrain midfielder got a good shot away but he failed to trouble Gurpreet as the ball sailed over.

22:45 hrs IST

Pronay concedes free-kick from danger area

But he reads the pass well to stave off danger.

22:40 hrs IST

India continue to keep Bahrain out

22:35 hrs IST

Ali Madan shoots from distance

Second half has started the same way as the first. Ali Madan takes a shot from distance but fails to find target. Before that a poor flicked from India header set Bahrain through but the Blue Tigers defended well to avert the danger.

22:30 hrs IST

Second half underway

Udanta Singh shows strength on the ball but fails to find target with his back pass.

22:25 hrs IST

Scores favour India

Hosts UAE and Thailand are locked at 1-1 in the other Group A game. As things stand, India are qualifying for the round of 16.

India have done well to stay in the game after an early injury forced Anas off. It will interesting to see if there is a change of approach or personnel from Stephen Constantine in the second half.

22:20 hrs IST

Half-time! 0-0

Pranoy Haldar and Sandesh Jhingan have been the standout players for India, managing to keep Bahrain away on several occasions. Halicharan Narzary’s deflected shot was the closest India came to scoring a goal, but the two teams will still be looking for an opener in the second half.

22:15 hrs IST

Two minutes of stoppage time

First 45 minutes are up but the match remains scoreless. Two more minutes in this half for the teams to find a goal.

22:13 hrs IST

No dearth of support for India in Sharjah

22:10 hrs IST

Pranoy Haldar to the rescue; 0-0

22:05 hrs IST

Cagey affair but no breakthrough; 0-0

Both teams have struggled to get into any sort of rhythm. Some strong tackles but the referee has allowed the game to flow.

22:00 hrs IST

No clear sight of goal

Both teams have struggled to create any clear-cut chances and have been reduced to shots from distance. Jhingan has been fantastic in keeping inviting crosses and passes from their intended target.

21: 55 hrs IST

India go close; 0-0

21:50 hrs IST

Sandesh Jhigan down

Sandesh Jhingan goes down but not before he cleanly intercepted an inviting ball. India are growing into the game after an early siege from Bahrain.

21:45 hrs IST

India get close! 0-0

India came close to finding an opener but Ashique Kuruniyan couldn’t hit the target on Pritam Kotal’s enticing cross from the right.

21:40 hrs IST

Bahrain lay siege on India’s goal; 0-0

Bahrain have been dominant. Two close off-side calls against the Bahraini as India struggle to get out off their own half.

21.35 hrs IST

Bahrain dominate; 0-0

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was forced into a sharp save off a deflected shot. He is then forced into a mistake but the score remains scoreless. Early pressure from Bahrain.

21:30 hrs IST


And we are underway... India are chasing history while Bahrain look to secure their passage to the round of 16 in the 2019 Asian Cup.

21:20 hrs IST

India’s problems at the back

Constantine fielded the same starting eleven in both against Thailand and UAE in a 4-4-2 formation and it will have to be seen whether he does the same against Bahrain. The central defender duo of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika largely marshalled the back-line well so far but there were periods of lack of understanding between them which led to the two goals by UAE.

21:11 hrs IST

Potential strategy for both the teams

India may again deploy a defensive approach and hit on the counter against a physical Bahrain as they need just a draw while it is a must-win for the West Asian side as they are with just one point from two matches after their 0-1 loss to Thailand. The Thais defended deep in the first half against Bahrain and hit on the counter and the ‘War Elephants’ were able to get a second half goal. So, it is not beyond India’s reach to get a favourable result against Bahrain.

21:03 hrs IST

Permutation combination

Even a defeat on may still see India (3 points from 2 matches) through to the knock-out rounds as one of the four third-placed teams if hosts United Arab Emirates (4 from 2 matches) beat Thailand (3 from 2 matches) in Al Ain in the other Group A match. Four third-placed sides from the six groups of four team each will also advance to the knock-out rounds, along with the top two countries. Under the competition rules of the Asian Cup, if two teams end their group stage engagements on equal points, the ranking will be decided first on the basis of head to head result. So, if both Thailand and India lose their matches, India will end at third as they have defeated the ‘War Elephants’ 4-1 in their opening match.

20:50 hrs IST

Line-ups of both the teams

Here are the line-ups of both India and Bahrain

20:43 hrs IST

Milestone for Chhetri

The match will be played at the Sharjah Stadium and may turn out to be the biggest night of Indian football after its achievements during the Golden Years (1951 to 64). It is also significant as talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri will equal former captain Bhaichung Bhutia’s record of highest appearances for the country at 107 each.

20:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and Bahrain. If Sunil Chhetri and Co win this clash, India will qualify for the next round of the tournament for the first time in their history. But it is not going to be easy and the team knows that.