With 89 minutes on clock and 0-0 scoreline, India were just minutes away from creating history and advanced to Asia cup last 16 but, captain Pronay Halder made a late challenge on a Bahrain forward inside the box and the referee had awarding a penalty. Jamal Rashed beat goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu from the spot and with hosts UAE and Thailand playing out a 1-1 draw in the other Pool A match, India’s campaign ended in Aisa Cup. After dishing out surprisingly attacking football in the first two games, India returned to playing ultra-defensive football, which ultimately scripted their downfall.
Movements after the match, India coach Stephen Constantine announced that he will step down from his position. He was incharge of India football team since Jan. 2015.
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