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India defeat Macau 2-0 to inch closer to qualify for Asian Cup

A confident Indian football team beat minnows Macau 2-0 in the group league encounter of the Asian Cup qualifying round. Striker Balwant Singh who replaced Eugenesen Lyngdoh in the half time found the target in the 57th and 82nd minutes respectively to help India win their third successive match in the qualifying tournament.

The home team successfully managed to defend the the Indian strikers. India missed to score when in the 37th minute a  left-footer from Eugenesen Lyngdoh hit the horizontal bar. The other chance in the first half was a neat centre from Narayan Das in the 40th minute that Jeje Lalpheklhua could not head inside the post. 

But in the second half, India moved more aggressively and in the 57th minute, it was Narayan again sent a floater inside the box. Balwant timed his jump to perfection as he angled his header with a marker on tow. The second goal in the 82nd minute came as Balwant took advantage of Macau’s defensive lapse by snatching the ball from the opposition just outside the corner of the 18-yard box. His neat placement ensured an a goal for India taking the lead to 2-0.

India is now comfortably placed at the top of the table with 9 points. Currently ranked 96th in the FIFA list, India had beaten Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar in earlier matches of the group.  Sunil Chettri had scored the lone goal in both the matches. However, the skipper was off-colour in this match as he was brilliantly man-marked by the Macau defenders.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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