India vs Bahrain AFC Asian Cup 2019 Highlights: Bahrain broke Indian hearts in added time in the second half to qualify for the knockouts. The Blue Tigers could not create history by holding Bahrain to a goalless draw and make the knockout stages in the ongoing AFC Asian Cup 2019.Also Read - Afghanistan Women Football Team Escapes Taliban, Reaches Pakistan: Confirms Information Minister
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the last Group A game for the Sunil Chhetri-led Blue Tigers as they eye history against Bahrain on Monday. Chhetri and Co will start favourites against Bahrain, who have not won a single game after two matches, whereas India has won one out of their two. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo Equals Champions League Appearance Record in Manchester United's Shocking 1-2 Defeat vs Young Boys
India beat Thailand 4-1 in their tournament opener. The Chhetri-led outfit lost 2-0 against home favourites UAE. But, even in that match, they came perilously close to scoring. The bar also denied them a goal on two occasions, but they gave UAE a run for their money. India starts outright favorites against Bahrain. Also Read - AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC Play Out 0-0 Draw Against Bashundhara, Out of Contention For Next Stage
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Full-time! The Indians suffer a heartbreaking defeat after an injury-time winner from the spot for Bahrain.
GOOOOOOAAAALLL, Via penalty!
85′ – BIG SAVE Gurpreet! Yusuf’s header from a corner seemed to be heading for the back of the net but the Indian keeper gets his right hand to it and sends it away.
80′ Bahrain dominating the second half with possession, the Indian defence line is being tested again and again!
77′ Substitution for Bahrain, as Alhusani replaces Juma. India 0-0 Bahrain
76′ Alaswad tries to thread a ball in, but India comfortably prevents any danger. India 0-0 Bahrain
71′ Cool interception by Bose!! Pressure mounting on India!!! And now a header and the post! India get saved by the post!
58′ FOUL! Pronay sticks a hand out to block Jamal Rashed and Bahrain have a free-kick in a dangerous area!
55′ Bahrain is keeping the pressure on the Indian side! BlueTigers unable to keep hold of the ball!
52′ The Indians are under some early pressure after the restart but the defence holds on well to absorb it. Subhasish comes up with a fine interception on the left flank to deny the Bahrain forwards
51′ Borges sprays the ball towards Udanta on the right flank, but he puts in a very poor cross which goes straight at the stands!
49′ A corner bounces around the Blue Tigers team box before being cleared as far as Ali Jaafar, who sends a first-time volley wide of Gurpreet’s goal.
48′ If the scoreline stays the same till the end, then India will need pray to Lady Luck for ensuring that the scores are level between UAE and Thailand.
46′ SUBSTITUTION! Jeje replaces Ashique! Constantine adds more to the attacking line.
India will look to attack more in the second hald, but if you ask me this is good enough, they should focus on seeing off the next 45 minutes. That is all that is required.
Half time and the deadlock is yet to be broken here at Sharjah Stadium!
44′ Possession || India 43%-57% Bahrain. India 0-0 Bahrain as two minutes have been added on.
41′ Alromaihi looks to weave his way into the box down the byline but Salam Ranjan matches him stride for stride and puts the ball out for a corner.
Thailand has leveled it at 1-1 against UAE, not good new for Blue Tigers.
39′ As Bahrain look to escape on the break, captain Pronay Halder tracks back and comes up with a crunching slide tackle to steal the ball for India.
36′ FOUL! Ali Juma catches Pronay with a late challenge and the referee gives the free-kick to Blue Tigers in the middle of the park.
33′ Good link-up play by the Bahrain side, launches the attack through the left flank, but Jhingan was there to clear the cross!
32′ Half an hour in and Jhingan has been absolutely stellar in defence for the Blue Tigers!
30′ If it goes like this India will go to the knockout stages unless Thailand comeback to beat UAE. And UAE has already scored against Thailand.
28′ CHANCE! A clever switch by Pronay gets the ball to Narzary who does well to find Chhetri in Bahrain’s box! The striker is unable to sort his feet out in time before being dispossessed.
27′ Another long ball into the box but Jhingan was there to make sure it is cleared! Jhingan has been the wall at the back, showing maturity and class.
26′ Constantine’s defensive formation with Borges and Halder in the middle of the park is looking shaky, but the tactic has achieved a target; not to concede. India 0-0 Bahrain
24′ Subhasish Bose fouled inside the opposition half, that should have been a red card. Free-kick for us! Unfortunately, we cannot convert.
20′ All the way to CHHETRIIII!!!! Good ball by Gurpreet, and good anticipation by the Bengaluru man. India 0-0 Bahrain
18′ Alromaihi tries to get in on goal before Jhingan slides in to win the ball cleanly for the #BlueTigers’ centre-back!
17′ Poor ball by Kuruniyan, as he attempts a long ball towards Chhetri, but it flies too far away.
16′ Narzary could be injured too, as he seems to be walking gingerly after a knock.
15′ Sayed Redha’s cross from the right reaches Sayed Dhiya on the opposite side but the latter’s header loops over Gurpreet’s goal.
14′ Superb set of attacking moves by the Bahrain side, but Jhingan had other plans!
13′ After a nervy start, the Indian side is starting to find its feet. Pritam comes up with a delicious cross from the right flank but Ashique’s resulting header is not on target.
12′ India somehow manages to create some attacking play which gets easily stopped by Bahrain. The Blue Tigers look nervy on the ball. India is somehow just holding Bahrain. Bahrain has launched an allout attack.
9′ The Indian defence is under some early pressure but Jinghan stands tall and comes up with a towering clearance as he heads the ball away.
6′ Komail goes for an effort from long range but his shot is saved by Gurpreet. The rebound afterwards is off target.
Bahrain needs all three points and they seem to have done their homework.
5′ Bahrain dominates proceedings and possession in the first five minutes.
4′ India forced into an early change as Anas goes off due to injury and is replaced by Salam Ranjan Singh.
2′ India gets an early FREE KICK in the first two minutes of the game, but it does not find the target.
We are set, Bahrain kick-off!!! India in customary blue and Bahrain in whites.
National anthems underway, Jana Maan Gana, first up! We are almost ready!!!
Stephen Constantine: We will go all-out for a win. My interest is to get enough points to get into the next round. We will go for nothing less than a win. We need to take charge and control what we do on the pitch and not think about other results
Fans are upbeat and ready to root for the Blue Tigers. Are you?
India needs a win or a draw to make it to the knockouts and the Blue Tigers has never beaten Bahrain. India will need to bring their A-game to the fore. The Blue Tigers have to make the most of the breaks.
A place in the knockout stage beckons for the Blue Tigers as they lock horns with Bahrain.
The starting XI is out with 30 minutes to go for kick off.
In the head-to-head record, India has won just one match against Bahrain in seven matches played so far between the two countries. That win (2-0) had come in an international friendly in Bahrain in October 1979 with striker Shabir Ali scoring both the goals. Bahrain has won on five occasions while one match had ended in a draw.
India (4-4-2): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subhasish Bose, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri
Bahrain (4-2-3-1): Sayed Shubbar Alawi, Ahmed Juma, Waleed Al Hayam, Hamad Al-Shamsan, Sayed Redha Isa, Komail Al Aswad, Abdulwahab Al-Safi, Sayed Dhiya Saeed, Mohamed Marhoon, Sami Al-Husaini, Mohamed Al Romaihi