India Lose 4th Straight WC Qualifier; Go Down 2-1 to Turkmenistan
The Indian football team’s bad run continued on Thursday as they slumped to their fourth straight defeat, losing 2-1 to Turkmenistan in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
With the defeat, India remain at the bottom of Group D and now have virtually no chance to even qualify for the Asian Cup. To do so, they needed to finish third in the group.
For Turkmenistan, Gubanch Abylov scored the first goal in the 8th minute while Arslanmynat Amanov scored the winner in the 60th. For India Jeje Lalpekhlua had equalised in the 28th minute.
With the team’s training severely hampered due to the Indian Super League (ISL) preparations, the national team players did not have any motivation as they were practically out after losing the first three qualifiers earlier this year.
However, this defeat also puts national coach Stephen Constantine’s future in doubt as the Indian team under him has gone from bad to worse in the last year.