India qualified for AFC Asian Cup with 4-0 win over Hong Kong

The win sees India finish the qualifiers with a perfect record after earlier victories over Afghanistan and Cambodia, while Hong Kong also finished next year’s places with six points after claiming one of the five best runners-up spots. He has secured his place in the finals.

A goal at either end of the first half put the Indians on their way to victory as Stimac’s team ensured a top spot in the group against a Hong Kong team that celebrated their first AFC Asian Cup qualification since 1968. Was celebrating

Anwar Ali struck to give the home team the perfect start with less than a minute on the clock, hitting his shot into the roof of the net when the Hong Kong defense cleared Udanta Singh Kumum’s cross after a small corner. failed in

But Jorn Andersen’s side soon woke up and as the half progressed, he was making better chances. Good work from Wong Wai forced Sandesh Jhingan to put the ball into his own bar, while Hsin Tse saw his header from the corner of Xu Yingzhi’s goal.

Wong sent his shot into the face of the goal before Matt Orr found enough room to send him into a low cross from the left, which Sun Ming-failed to meet him.

Yap Hung-fi’s reflex from Sahal Abdul Samad in the 27th minute underlined the ongoing threat for the Indians, while Sun was unfortunate only to have fired Ju’s free-kick into Gurpreet Singh’s hands and Orr struck immediately after the goalkeeper was trapped. Later on they went ahead.

However, instead of claiming the equalizer, Hong Kong slipped further back in injury time. A moment of magic from Sunil Chhetri, who was subdued up to that point, was just that, pulling 37-year-old Akash Mishra’s free-kick out of the air with his right hand and calmly stroking it home with his left.

Chhetri was denied again six minutes after the start when Yap pushed his shot wide after a mistake by Fung Hing-wa submitted the striker deep into Hong Kong territory.

India claimed their third with five minutes to spare as Glenn Martins swung the ball from 10 yards, hit a low shot that Yap was unable to stop from crossing the line and Martins turned provider in injury time as Ishaan Pandita Changed to fourth.

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