Bengaluru: India produced a workman-like performance, which saw them play over 50 minutes with 10 men, to register their first win of the World Cup qualifier campaign with a 1-0 result over Guam in a rain-lashed match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Robin Singh scored the lone goal in the 11th minute while Sehnaj Singh got his marching orders late in the first half in the two key moments in the match. Despite the win, India remain at the bottom of the group with three points but threw up a significant roadblock in Guam’s qualifying chances.
Head coach Stephen Constantine started with an attacking lineup with Cavin Lobo and Romeo Fernandez, the former playing behind the striker and the latter slotted in the wing.
And the impetus paid off as India, while forced to do their part at the back, looked threatening on the attack right from the off and took the lead early when Sunil Chhetri stole behind the defence and latched onto a goalkick from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in the left wing.
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