India's defender Sandesh Jhingan (R) celebrates with India's defender Anas Edathodika after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A football game between Thailand and India at the Al Nahyan Stadium stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The official Twitter handle of the AFC Asian Cup also took note of Chhetri's achievement and said, "Sunil Chhetri scores his 66th with India to overtake Lionel Messi becoming the active player with the 2nd most global goals". We don't go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. "We played 18 games, blood, sweat and tears, pre-qualifiers and qualifiers".
Soukup's side looked set to take all three points but the referee pointed to the spot when the ball brushed Marhoon's hand and Khalil scored to rescue his team. After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages.
The humiliating loss to India in the Asian Cup has resulted in Thailand head coach Milovan Rajevac's sacking but the Serb was effusive in his praise for the Stephen Constantine-coached side.
Hosts United Arab Emirates were held 1-1 by Bahrain in Saturday's curtain-raiser.
"It is a cliché as it is just another match for us". Chhetri then struck again immediately after the interval as India reclaimed the lead, before Thapa and Lalpekhlua added the gloss to the win.
"We will correct all the mistakes and learn lessons from them for the next game against India and hopefully the performance will be better". "People got a taste of what we can do, today". "I am happy that we are converting from the chances that we are making", he further said. "It was important to not concede a goal in those minutes and that is what we did", Constantine concluded.