India let Hong Kong rating twice on both facet of the 2 halves to go 4-0 within the last match of Group D of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Finals at Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday.
This helped India turn out to be the highest group with 9 factors after 3 wins and certified for the Asian Cup finals for the second time in a row for the primary time within the event’s historical past.
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India 4-0 Hong Kong Highlights: AFC Asian Cup qualifier, India beat Hong Kong after 29 years
Hong Kong (six factors) additionally made it to the ultimate spherical as among the finest runners-up of six teams within the last spherical of qualifying.
India scored at the start of the primary half. Trying to safe momentum, India turned on the offensive shortly after kick-off and secured a nook with simply 30 seconds left on the clock.
The house facet opted to take a brief nook when Jeaskson Singh made a pointy cross in direction of the Hong Kong aim. Ashique Kuruniyan noticed his first try from an opposing defender earlier than Anwar Ali caught the bounce to search out the highest of the web.
Objectives up for the house group, who’re in search of extra. He might have scored within the twenty sixth minute however Sahal Abdul Samad, who introduced India’s victory over Afghanistan within the match towards India, was unfortunate when the hassle went broad.
Hong Kong tried to get again into the sport to launch some good counter-attacks however with India’s protection with no area within the penalty space, the previous participant was unable to see the aim clearly.
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India doubled the lead within the last minutes of the primary half due to Sunil Chhetri’s end. The India captain took a free kick from Jeakson Singh and completed it off together with his left foot to attain his 84th worldwide aim.
This ties him to Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas and locations him fifth on the listing of worldwide prime scorers.
Regardless of a downpour that hit the venue late within the first half, the Indians defied the situations to uphold the process. Manvir Singh made it 3-0 within the eighty fifth minute earlier than enjoying the help for Pandita to attain in damage time (90 + 3).
India 4 (Anwar Ali 1, Sunil Chhetri 45, Manvir Singh 85, Ishan Pandita 90 + 3) bt Hong Kong 0.
Afghanistan 2 (Faisal Shayesteh 16, Mustafa Zazai 35) drew with Cambodia 2 (Brak Thiva 37, Keo Sokpheng 81).