Bengaluru: India today thumped Macau 4-1 and qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup football tournament.
Rowllin Borges (28th minute) put India ahead in the first half before Sunil Chhetri (60th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) found the net after the break. Macau defender Man Fai Ho scored an own goal in the 70th minute while trying to clear a pass into the penalty box by India’s Halicharan Narzary.
Nicholas Mario de Almeida Torrão scored the lone goal for the visitors in the 37th minute. This is the fourth time that India have qualified for the Asian Cup. The last time they qualified was six years ago when they won the AFC Challenge Cup to book their tickets to the 2011 Asian Cup.
The last time India reached the main stage of Asian football’s showpiece event through the direct qualification route was in 1984. India’s best result at the Asian Cup came in 1964 when they finished runners-up to hosts Israel.
The Indians have been in impressive form, winning all the four group matches they have played so far to ensure qualification in style.