India vs Thailand AFC Asian Cup 2019 Highlights: Indian football’s talismanic striker – Sunil Chhetri struck a brace to help the country stunningly outplay Thailand 4-1 and record its first victory in the Asian Cup since 1964 on a historic night on Sunday. Playing in his second Asian Cup and 105th match, Chhetri scored in the 27th (penalty) and 46th minutes for his 66th and 67th international goals. Midfielder Anirudha Thapa and second-half substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua then struck in the 68th and 80th minutes to completely outclass Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium in front of a sizeable Indian supporters. With his two strikes, the 34-year-old Chhetri went past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, who has so far scored 65 goals from 128 matches. Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer with 85 from 154 matches. (India vs Thailand – FOOTBALL STREAMING)

HIGHLIGHTS INDIA vs THAILAND, AFC ASIAN CUP 2019

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2051 IST: That’s it folks, the referee has blown the final whistle and India have completed a convincing 4-1 win over Thailand. Sunil Chhetri scored a brace while Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpheklua scored also got on the scoresheet for India. India 4-1 Thailand

2046 IST: Goalkeeper Gurpreet hasn’t been troubled much in the second half but in the last few minutes, Thai attackers are having a go at him from distance. But the Indian custodian has kept simple and held whatever has been thrown at him. India 4-1 Thailand

2041 IST: The intensity seems to have petered out a bit, which suits India just fine, as of now. Gurpreet makes a smart save to keep Thailand out. IND 4-1 THA

2038 IST: THE MIZO SNIPER – Jeje Lalpekhlua is back!! Halicharan plays it in to Lalpekhlua who leathers it into the top corner! India 4-1 Thailand

2033 IST: Dangda weaves his way into the Indian box, sells a dummie and shoots, but @anasedathodika is there to get a block in. IND 3-1 THA

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2026 IST: GOAL! Captain Sunil Chhetri plays Udanta through, he advances into the box, turns and passes to Anirudh Thapa, who dinks it over the keeper for his first international goal. India 3-1 Thailand

2023 IST: CHANCE! Udanta finds himself with acres of space down the right flank, surges forward, and crosses it in for Sunil Chhetri inside the area, but the latter is closed down and his shot is blocked. IND 2-1 THA

2018 IST: Chhetri ahead of Messi now!

2015 IST:  Free-kick for India! It’s Anirudh Thapa who swings it in again, but he got too much on the ball, and it sailed straight into the keeper’s gloves. IND 2-1 THA

2010 IST: India have come flying off the blocks in the second half. Stephen Constantine’s men are making good use of the flanks to trouble the Thai defence. Udanta & Ashique are having a busy day. IND 2-1 THA

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2004 IST: 67th goal of his international career for Sunil Chhetri and what a stage to score a brace in the biggest stage in Asia.

2002 IST: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!! Udanta soars down the right flank, crosses towards Kashique Kuruniya, who leaves it for Sunil Chhetri, who smacks it into the top corner! India 2-1 Thailand

2001 IST: We are back from the half-time break, as the teams walk out on to the pitch. 45 minutes to go to decide the fate of this match! IND 1-1 THA

1947 IST:  HALF TIME! And with that, we come to the end of the first half. It’s been an engaging match so far, after Sunil Chhetri gave India the lead. India 1-1 Thailand!

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1944 IST: Gurpreet hooves it up-field, and Ashique Kuruniya brings it down for Sunil Chhetri yet again, but the shot on the volley, flies well over the bar. IND 1-1 THA

1941 IST: Anirudh Thapa collects the ball just outside the Indian box, but is brought down by Sanrawat, who gets booked for the tackle. India 1-1 Thailand

1935 IST: GOAL! Theerathon swings in a free-kick towards the Indian area, and Thailand captain Dangda nods it in, to level the scores. THA 1-1 IND

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1927 IST: GOAL! Sunil Chhetri calmly slots the ball to the bottom corner, sending the keeper the wrong way! India are in the lead now, IND 1-0 vs THA

1925 IST: Sunil Chhetri releases Ashique Kuruniya with a quick throw-in. The winger’s cross hits a Thai hand, and the ref points to the spot. PENALTY for #BlueTigers!

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1917 IST: Thapa swings it in towards Sandesh Jhingan, but the Thai defence managed to negotiate that chance. IND 0-0 THA

1915 IST: Indian skipper Chhetri receives the ball from Subhasish Bose on the turn, and earns a free-kick from close range.

1912 IST: A lot of the Thailand attacks are coming down India’s left flank. It seems to be a busy day for Indian goalkeeper Subhasish Bose, but he has negotiated the attacks well, so far. IND 0-0 THA

1908 IST: Thanks to Ashique India is looking strong from the left in the early exchanges. India will be hoping the captain gets started early in the game. He initiated two attacks down the left, but both his crosses failed to find Chhetri inside the box.  IND 0-0 THA

19.03 IST: India have come in with a hope of a billion riding on them. The fans would dearly love to see Sunil and Jeje combine well and the defence to show solidity. IND 0-0 THA

1900 IST: KICKOFF! The officials have taken their seats, and the players have take their positions, as the referee blows the whistle for kickoff.

1856 IST: Time for National Anthems! Thailand went first, and now it’s the turn of the #BlueTigers to proudly sing the Jana Gana Mana…

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1845 IST: If India beat Thailand today, then a draw in the remaining two matches — against hosts UAE (January 10) and Bahrain (January 14) — could be enough for the Blue Tigers to qualify for the knock-out round

1835 IST: “We have worked really hard in the last four years to be here and we will try to put on the best show possible. The boys have been doing the hard work on and off the pitch, we will make sure that the work does not go in vain,” says Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

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1825 IST:  This will be India’s first appearance at Asian football’s showpiece event after the 2011 edition. This is India’s fourth participation in the AFC Asian Cup. India had finished second in the 1964 edition of the Asian Cup.

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1815 IST: Both in 1984 and 2011, India were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage. The two top sides from each of the six groups made up of four countries as well as four third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16.

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1800 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live coverage of India’s tournament opener versus Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 from Abu Dhabi in UAE.

Brief Preview: Underdogs India will look at their impressive results in recent months for inspiration when they open their AFC Asian Cup football campaign against Thailand on Sunday. With the continental showpiece event being expanded to 24 teams for the first time from the earlier 16, the Indian side have a real chance to make it to the knock-out rounds, which will be a first after their runners-up finish in 1964. Both in 1984 and 2011, India were knocked out of the tournament at the group stage. The two top sides from each of the six groups made up of four countries as well as four third-place teams will advance to the Round of 16. India, playing in their fourth Asian Cup, are entering the tournament on the back of a goal-less stalemate against World Cup-winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi’s China and Oman in the lead-up to the tournament. They lost narrowly (1-2) to Jordan in their third big match ahead of the Asian Cup.

These results were preceded by a 13-match unbeaten run in international friendly matches and the Intercontinental Cup at home last summer. Constantine’s players will also be keen to improve upon the disastrous performance of the country in 2011 edition, when it badly lost all its group matches. Sunday’s Group A match against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium will be crucial for India as a positive result will boost the Stephen Constantine-coached team’s chances of making it to the Round of 16.