India 1-0 Kyrgyz Republic: Kyrgyzstan coach says 'it was not difficult' to defend Indian attack, laments poor finishing

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Kyrgyzstan head coach Aleksandr Krestinin spoke to the press after the defeat against India in Bangalore and although the final result wasn't desired, the head coach of the losing team felt his team gave it their best shot.

"We tried to do our best, continued to pressure but we couldn’t finish our chances" said a disappointed Krestinin who also felt that an early substituition he had to make changed the game. The gaffer had to replace his injured striker following a clash with India's Gurpreet Singh in the early minutes of the game.

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"Yes, [the substituition] changed our game. In the opening minutes, it is difficult to recover after making an early change. [We] will go to see in the hospital what happened to him."

Despite the defeat, Kyrgyzstan coach said that holding off the Indian attack wasn't difficult.

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"Yes, we missed one counterattack and that allowed India. It was not difficult to hold the Indian attack" concluded Krestinin.

India climb to the top of Group A of the third round of Asian Cup qualification with 6 vital points after today's win against Kyrgyzstan.