India overcame an early scare to draw 2-2 in a dead rubber against Myanmar in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier at the PJN stadium in Goa today. The hosts were in the comfortable position of having already qualified for the main event, but were given a jolt by Myanmar, who struck twice inside the first 20 minutes.
The visitors shocked the home side by going on the attack right away. Aung Thu pushed the ball on the left flank from where Thein Than Win's cross saw Yan Naing Oo leap above everybody else to nod it in in the first minute itself.
India responded on 13 minutes, with captain Sunil Chhetri winning and then converting a penalty to bring the Blue Tigers back on level terms. However, Myanmar were not done yet, as they shocked the hosts once again, retaking the lead just six minutes later.
A seemingly harmless shot from outside the box by Kyaw Ko Ko evaded the ill-timed leap of Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, who picked the ball out of his net for the second time in quick time.
India battered the Myanmar goal to no avail after conceding the second goal, missing several chances as the defence stood firm. It was 2-1 to the visitors at half time, and was only changed after the hour mark, Chheetri's strike partner Jeje getting in on the action.
Eugeneson Lyngdoh claimed the assist for Jeje's equaliser on the 69th minute, crossing for the dimunitive striker to finish past the goalkeeper Htet into the bottom right hand corner. India continued to press for the winner, and several more good chances went begging as the match finished honours even.
Stephen Constantine's Blue Tigers are now unbeaten for 13 games, with 11 wins