Hindustan Times – It was a memorable outing for the Indian football team as they defeated Thailand 4-1 to start their AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign on a brilliant note in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Summary

  • It was a memorable outing for the Indian football team as they defeated Thailand 4-1 to start their AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign on a brilliant note in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
  • A brace from skipper Sunil Chhetri, a goal from Anirudh Thapa and a sublime finish by Jeje Lalpekhlua rounded India’s first victory in the Asian Cup since 1964.
  • After the match, Chhetri lead the celebrations as he urged the crowd to take part in the ‘Thunderclap’ – a gesture that has became a common sight in India matches.
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (85) tops the Indian among active players.
  • But they had lost six of their last seven games at the regional tournament, conceding 20 goals, before qualifying for the fourth time and first since 2011.


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