Life is so unpredictable and one can relate it from the game of football especially the heartbroken Indian fans who watched India’s Asian cup clash against minnows Bahrain last night. The blue tigers were on cusp of attaining a place in the knockout stages of the prestigious tournament for the very first time after the game was level at 0-0 at the end of 90 minutes.
Referee added three more minutes to the game and Pronay Mondal did a rough tackle in the scoring circle which gave a realistic chance to Bahrain to score courtesy of a penalty. Jamal Rashed pounched on the opportunity and netted the ball past the strong and sturdy Gurpreet Sindh Sandhu to break the hearts of Indian fans.
The match between UAE and Thailand ended in a draw which meant that India who were at the number 2 spot after the 90 minute of the game were forced out of the competition after a penalty destroyed their party and they finished last in group A.
Coach Constantine resigns
India’s coach Stephen Constantine also resigned from his post of head coach after a heartbreak loss against Western Asian country of Bahrain. The All India Football Federation confirmed the news on twitter
“Mr. @StephenConstan has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team. We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision & thank him for his contribution to #Indianfootball: Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF,” the tweet read.
It was Constantine who was given the charge of the team in 2015 when the Blue tigers were placed at 173rd spot in the FIFA rankings. The Englishman worked with the team and got them into the top 100 of the rankings in 2018.