Thailand fires coach Milovan Rajevac after AFC Asian Cup loss to India

Thailand fires coach Milovan Rajevac after AFC Asian Cup loss to India

Thailand fires coach Milovan Rajevac after AFC Asian Cup loss to India

"In the second period, India were more aggressive, and they clearly wanted the victory", Rajevac said.

The Blue Tigers were in front for just seven minutes, Thai captain Teerasil Dangda restoring parity by bravely heading home a Theerathon Bunmathan free kick.

Chhetri scored twice against Thailand at the 2019 Asian Cup to reach 67 goals and overtake Argentina forward Messi's 65 to move second in the list.

"Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in worldwide goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1 at the Asian Cup football tournament on Sunday, the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A opener to surpass the Barcelona superstar". Only Cristiano Ronaldo (85) is ahead of him.

The video went viral in the country after being re-tweeted by top cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, and saw India play to much bigger crowds for their final two games. At the start of the second half we conceded an early goal which forced us to open up a little as we tried to find an equaliser. "I have said this before, we are a very hard team to play against", he further added.

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Asked what transpired between head coach Stephen Constantine and the players at half-time, Chhetri said, "We just made sure that we can't allow them to play their natural game".

But, against the run of play, a controversial refereeing decision turned the game in India's favour.

"It's not an easy job but it was one of the reasons which helped us get the win", said the striker from Delhi who is nearing former captain Bhaichung Bhutia's (107) most number of India appearances record in this Asian Cup. "It's just nonsense. You've just got to let somebody get on with the work".

Lalpekhlua was the next man to beat Budprom with 10 minutes left, converting Halicharan Narzary's pass to put India top of a pool that also contains hosts United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. "We are not thinking about qualifying now but just concentrating to do well in the next match and then we'll see where we land", he said.

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