Indian captain Sunil Chhetri has expressed his delight after helping the Men in Blue win 4-1 against Macau and qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Goals from Rowling Borges, Chhetri, Jeje and an own goal gave Stephen Constantine's men a comfortable win in Bangalore and sealed their place in the showpiece tournament in the UAE in January 2019.
India thrashed Macau 4-1 to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup football tournament in Bengaluru on Wednesday.https://t.co/xbNsINXhW2— India Today (@IndiaToday) October 11, 2017
After the game, Chhetri, who has played a pivotal role in India's qualification campaign, claimed that India deserved to qualify and go up against the best sides in Asia.
As reported by the Indian Express, Chhetri said,
“Amazing feeling. We have worked hard for this. Quite a group. Good last 3 points, great feeling. Happy with the way we bounced back.
Earned our right to battle against Asia’s best and what better place to do it than at the Fortress. Happy,proud,relieved and more. pic.twitter.com/a4DkDJCCNK— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) October 11, 2017
“We can’t lose our cool. The goal we conceded was against the run of play. Balwant had great pace and set it up for me to finish,” the 33 year old added.
The victory over Macau has given India the chance to play in just their fourth AFC Asian Cup in history and they will be looking to do well and impress in the tournament.