India lose to Myanmar in AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers

Playing in front of a hostile crowd, India needed just a draw but they played badly and paid heavily for missing the chances that came their way.

updated: March 07, 2013 01:14 IST
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Yangon: India's qualifying hopes for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 finals suffered a huge set-back on Wednesday as they went down 0-1 to hosts Myanmar in their last qualifying match in Group A at the Yangon Youth Training Centre in Yangon.

A 75th-minute strike by substitute Soe Min Oo shocked India as Myanmar booked a ticket for the final round to be held in the Maldives. Myanmar will be joined by other four group toppers and two best runners-up alongside hosts Maldives in the 2014 tournament proper.

Myanmar finished on top with seven points and India second with six. However, all is not lost for India, who were champions in 2008. They will have to wait for other groups to be completed to know their fate. All the group matches will be finished by March 26.

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