Round 3 of Group A, India Tel, after a dream start with a 3-0 victory over Thailand, could not pass the group stage after two consecutive defeats against UAE and Bahrain.
On the morning of January 15, India Tel lost 0-1 to Bahrain. Previously, Thailand Tel had excellently held the United Arab Emirates 1-1, this result helped the UAE and Thailand share the first place in Group A in the round of 16. India was eliminated after a dream start, even more sad when head coach Stephen Constantine announced his resignation.
India Tel only needs one point ahead of Bahrain to continue, but the grim goal in the 90 + 1 minute erased the team’s dream. Coach Stephen Constantine after the match revealed he had been in the team for four years. From day one, his goal was to help India play in the Asian Cup, I was successful. You feel proud of everything the players have done, thank you to them and the Indian Football Federation. However, he thinks that his role is over, he has fulfilled his original promise, and now it is time to take another path.
Coach Stephen Constantine decided to resign when the Indian team could not pass the group stage after a 0-1 defeat against Bahrain in the final match of Group A Asian Cup 2019.
In this match, the dream of being in the knockout round of the Asian Cup for the first time in India could not be realized when Jamal Rashid scored a goal at 11m in stoppage time to help Bahrain win 1-0. This result made India (3 points) ranked at the bottom of Group A due to the match at the same time, the hosts UAE and Thailand drew 1-1.
After the last match, the UAE (5 points) and Thailand (4 points) took the top 2 positions respectively to win tickets, while Bahrain (4 points but behind Thailand due to a loss of confrontation) ranked 3rd. but also won the ticket to continue.