On Tuesday night, India romped to the top of Group A of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan, courtesy a fine finish from the Indian skipper, Sunil Chhetri. Despite being dominated by the Kyrgyz team for large parts of the game, India soaked in the pressure and rode their captain's inspirational goal to maintain their winning start in the group.
In front of a vociferous crowd at the Kanteerava stadium, India notched their eighth victory in a row (including an unofficial friendly win over Bhutan) and are now set to climb further in the FIFA rankings table.
Stephen Constantine's men deserve credit for not wilting under pressure at times during the game, with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Anas Edathodika putting in an immense shift in defence. The win realistically puts India on course to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in UAE and the fans celebrated it by going on overdrive both in the stadium and on social media.
Goal takes a look at the Twitter reaction to the win:
Brilliant @IndianFootball Team! Congrats on the win against Kyrgyzstan WonderMan @chetrisunil11 leading from the front #INDvKGZ #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/Qhfm10tzC7 — Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) June 13, 2017
What a huge result for us last night am so proud of the players, at no point did they ever give up. We are top of the group pic.twitter.com/fKdkt6bNca — StephenConstantine (@StephenConstan) June 14, 2017
Today is what happens when a team decides to stick together,battle for each other and get the job done. Tough,tough game but did enough. — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 13, 2017
.The greatest. Period. Another great addition to the long list of @chetrisunil11 goals. 🙏 thank you so much. #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/UmLQwTJn2g — Ashwin Nair (@AshwinNair99) June 13, 2017