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AFC Asian Cup: Team India Crashes Out Of The Tournament, After Facing Defeat Against Bahrain

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| January 15 , 2019 , 15:27 IST

Team India on Monday lost their last Group A match to Bahrain by a scoreline 0-1 and to land themselves out of the Asian Cup football tournament.

Jamal Rashed (90+1) converted a penalty in second-half added time as Bahrain managed to break India's dogged defence after 90 minutes of grim battle.

India finished at the bottom of the group with three points from as many matches.

The UAE finished the group stage with five points, while Thailand and Bahrain managed four points each.

It was not a good start for India as centre back Anas Edathodika succumbed to injury in the opening minutes and was replaced by Salam Ranjan Singh.

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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's goal was threatened and he was called into action as early as the 5th minute when he pulled off an acrobatic save off Komail's shot from outside the box.

With Bahrain keeping possession for the first ten minutes, India's first chance came in the 13th when Pritam Kotal released a cross for Ashique Kuruniyan, whose header was blocked by the opposition defence.

Halicharan Nazary's 22nd minute shot added to India's shot tally but hit the side-netting.

The 28th minute saw some exquisite passing by India in Bahrain's box.

Pronay Halder found Halicharan on the wings, who dribbled in and laid one for Sunil Chhetri lurking in the box. Last ditch tackle from Bahrain's defence blanked Chhetri as he was attempting to shoot on goal from less than 10 yards.

Though Bahrain penetrated into the Indian box, the opponents did not create any serious trouble that Sandesh Jhinghan and his line could not deal with.

Even skipper Pronay Halder made a goalline clearance in the dying embers of the first half to keep Bahrain at bay.

But it still was the defensive performances of Pronay Halder and Sandesh Jhingan that provided the forwards cover and thwarted the opposition attacks.