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India rout Macau 4-1 to qualify for 2019 AFC Asian Cup football

The Sunil Chhetri-led Indian football team pumped in four goals against Macau to seal their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification spot. Rowllin Borges, Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored for the Indians while Macau struck though Nicholas Tarrao.

football Updated: Oct 11, 2017 22:39 IST
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Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri (R) celebrates with Sandesh Jhingan (2nd right) and other teammates after beating Macau in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri (R) celebrates with Sandesh Jhingan (2nd right) and other teammates after beating Macau in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(AFP)

Indian football team beat Macau 4-1 in their AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday to qualify for the 2019 edition of the continental tournament in the UAE. (India vs Macau match highlights)

The Sunil Chhetri-led side pumped in four goals against Macau to seal their qualification spot with two matches still to go in the campaign. Rowllin Borges, Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua scored for the Indians while Macau struck though Nicholas Tarrao.

This is the third time India have qualified for the continental showpiece tournament in the past 37 years. The last time India played in the tournament was in 2011 while their only appearance before that was way back in 1984.

Rowllin Borges opened the scoring for India with a fine right-footed volley in the 28th minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua sent a sensational pass to midfielder Borges, struck hard for the opening goal.

However, the hosts conceded in the 37th minute when Nicholas Tarrao scored. The goal was the result of a defensive lapse from the Indians. Tarrao was left unmarked in the area as a cross was floated in from the right flank. Two defenders, who were beside him reacted late and Tarrao’s attempt was deflected by one of them into the goal.

Skipper Sunil Chhetri restored the lead for India with a strike in the 60th minute, while Macau conceded an own goal in the 70th minute

The fourth goal was scored by Jeje Lalpekhlua after being assisted by Chhetri.

India have ensured qualification with two more matches left. They are atop Group A with 12 points from four matches and play Myanmar on November 24 and Kyrgyzstan on March 27 next year.

In the 2011 edition that was held in Doha, India had a disappointing campaign, losing all their group matches -- to Australia, South Korea and Bahrain.