India came back twice in the match to hold Myanmar and continue their unbeaten streak in 13 matches. The Blues have already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 after beating Macau 4-1 last month.
India conceded in the 13th second of the game before Sunil Chhetri converted a penalty to level the game in the 13th minute. But another terrific effort from Myanmar in the 19th minute gave them the lead again. The scored remained 2-1 in Myanmar’s favour at half-time. The Myanmar side looked dominant for the better part of the first half with Indian defense caught napping on occasions. However, Jeje Lalpekhlua equalized from a good long ball by Lyngdoh late into the match with an impressively timed run to extend India’s unbeaten streak to 13 matches.
India won an indirect free kick inside the Myanmar penalty box at the fag end of the match after the Burmese keeper Kyaw Zin Htet handled the ball in his own area, from a back-pass from one of his teammates. Chhetri took up the responsibility and even scored but the goal was disallowed since Jeje didn’t pass or even touch the ball for that matter which according to the rule needs to happen in case of an indirect free kick. With the draw, India are on the top of the group with 13 points from five matches. Myanmar are placed second with five points from four matches.
India are set to face the Kyrgyz Republic in their last Asian Cup qualifier on March 27, next year. Although India did well to make a comeback on two separate occasions, there were a lot of flaws in the performance that can be improved upon.