India recorded their biggest ever Asian Cup victory
In the biggest game of the day (at least for Indian fans), India recorded their biggest ever Asian Cup victory, thrashing Thailand 4-1! A game which resembled the Spain-Netherlands World Cup encounter from five years ago, Thailand enjoyed all the possession, only for India to steal the spotlight with their clinical, attacking football.
It feels good to win this match. It’s a tough pool and all the teams are more epxerienced. The way the boys fought, showed character. We fought hard and will keep fighting till the end: @chetrisunil11 #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #BlueTigers #IndianFootball #THAIND
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— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 6, 2019
A game slightly off two halves, The Blue Tigers roared viciously in the second. Sunil Chhetri completed his brace with a fantastic finish in the 46th minute, Anirudh Thapa got his first international goal by chipping the Thailand defense in the 68th minute, before Jeje Lalpekhlua joined the act in the 80th minute. Teerasil Dangda’s equalizer was almost a thing of the past in the end.
🆕 Biggest ever Asian Cup win for the Indians!
— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019
For Thailand fans, the question was did complacency haunt them? Definitely. The War Elephants looked lazy and if they continue like this, they’ll be the first ones to exit the group. For Indian fans, the question is can their team sustain this momentum and create history? Probably, by the look of things. Also, if there’s any unit to break records, it’s this young, exuberant squad. The Blue Tigers seemed hungrier than ever and this thirst for success can be the factor to rally them on.
India can enjoy their first win since 1964 but they 2 points to qualify for knockout round with 2 games left.