Goals from Rowlin Borges, Sunil Chhetri, and Jeje Lalpekhlua made sure that India found their way into the AFC Asian Cup after an absence of eight years. Macau put up a brave fight and even equalized after the first goal but an own goal at the other end put the game outside their reach.
It was India that got off to a flyer as Chhetri's cross in from the right wing and forced Macau to concede the first corner of the day. While the corner was aimed at Anas, it fell kindly for Jhingan, who in turn, blasted into well wide of the post. India kept their foot on the pedal with Chhetri and Das playing a quick one-two but the but the latter's final pass was slightly over hit. India kept the ball well, but Macau
As the half progressed, Macau grew in confidence but with the visitors keeping more of the ball, they started leaving gaps in their
With India in the lead, Macau started upping their tempo, which compounded with some lethargic Indian defending paid off, as Lam Ke Seng's
India made a change at
India had a few more chances of their own, with the best one falling at the feet of Balwant but the substitute failed to test the keeper, putting his shot well wide of the target. But India did get the goal that was the icing on the cake as Chhetri set up Jeje in added time to secure a place in the 2019 Asian Cup.
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