Match preview: India vs Macau
Broadcast: Star Sports 1 & Star Sports 1 HD
Kickoff: 7:30 PM (IST)
Live Stream: Hotstar
Stephane Constantine’s men are just one win short to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup when they welcome Macau at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore.
The blue tigers welcome the 182nd ranked nation to fulfill their dream to move into the group stages of the 2019 Asian cup which they haven’t participated in since 2011. The fixture is scheduled in the middle of the first major International tournament to be held in India the FIFA U17 world cup. But the host did not start well in the competition. The senior national team would like to clear a bit of the foul atmosphere which has enraged for that as the nation U17’s battalion back to back lost in the opening two group games against USA and Colombia respectively. They are in a do or die situation in the last group game against Ghana in a feared statement that their stay in the competition is in stake.
Prior to that fixture, Sunil Chettri and his men will organize themselves and hopefully resume their winning run of the season by packing more points. They have a perfect record in the qualifying stages defeating nations like Kyrgyz republic and Myanmar before winning 2-0 against today’s opposition at Macau. Even so in them they find a easier opponent to beat, winless and even goalless in their first three games. They virtually have no chance to qualify.
India would like to take easy measures today with the pointless Macau but Stephane Constantine warned his team to not to take their opponents lightly. He talked to the media about the significance of the face off and said that once the Indian team was on the same level as Macau is now and to become a better team must have significant consequences for the sport in India altogether.
Team captain Sunil Chettri is on the verge to score his 54th competitive goals for his nation. He insist his team to give the best on the pitch. “We have worked on our strategies. Yes, we struggled there. We had to work hard to penetrate them. In no way we can take them lightly. We did work on our mistakes and I hope we will implement them on the pitch tomorrow,” he said ahead of the clash.
INDIA: Gurpreet, Narayan, Jhingan, Anas, Kotal,Lyngdoh, Borges, Udanta, Chettri, Narzary,Jeje
MACAU: Man Fai, Hon, Him, In, Seng, Cheng, Telxeira, Icong, Hang, Leong, Niki.