AFC Asian Cup
Twitter goes berserk as India defeat Thailand in AFC Asian Cup 2019
Written by: Atrayo Bhattacharya
The Blue Tigers registered their first win in the tournament after 55 years.
It was a historic night for Indian football fans all around the globe, as the Blue Tigers hammered Thailand 1-4 in their Asian Cup opener. it was a result which most of the supporters didn't think of at the start of the encounter.
Following the win, Twitter erupted big time as the Indians registered their first win in the tournament after 54 long years, which also happens to be their biggest win ever in the history of the tournament. It was indeed a great night for Stephen Constantine and his Blue Tigers, who definitely justified their nickname and fought till the final whistle.
Talisman Sunil Chhetri scored a brace for India and set up play on the third. Anirudh Thapa scored his first goal in India colours and even the out-of-form Jeje Lalpekhlua scored a stunner after coming on from the bench. Pronay Halder, Subhasish Bose, Ashique Kuruniyan were also very instrumental in their different roles on the night and it was an exceptional second half performance from the Indian side to kick-start their campaign on a high.
Twitter exploded with delight from Indian fans and even some of the Thais showed the courtesy to congratulate Chhetri and his men for their exceptional display. From hardcore Indian football fans to celebrities, from journalists to sportspersons, all of India came together to congratulate the Indian football team on this historic occasion.
I know the daily sacrifices these boys make. I know how much they care when others don’t. I know that they know today is their day! @BluePilgrims@IndianFootball#BackTheBlue#AsianCuppic.twitter.com/iD55PvO9De— Joe Morrison (@joefooty) January 6, 2019
WHAT A MATCH! CONGRATS #BlueTigers@IndianFootball for your BIGGEST EVER @afcasiancup victory!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 6, 2019
When grit and passion meet hard work and talent, magic happens!
Keep it up! May you WIN the tournament!#BackTheBlue#AsianDream
The @FAThailand rejected India for a friendly 8 months ago. They didn't think that India were a challenge big enough for them then. Tonight, our boys answered them with 4 goals. Do not write us off.@IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #AsianCup2019 #THAIND @afcasiancup @StarFootball pic.twitter.com/y9KfE8MywL— Manjappada KBFC Fans (@kbfc_manjappada) January 6, 2019
What a performance by the @IndianFootball !! ???????????? This team definitely making an impact for generations to come! Wonderful goals by @chetrisunil11 @jejefanai and @AnirudhThapa ???????? #BackTheBlue #AFCAsianCup2019 #BlueTigers pic.twitter.com/3D3PaJXESP— Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) January 6, 2019
What a second half performance by #IndianFootball !!— Shaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) January 6, 2019
No one expected India to beat #thailand with a performance of a decade.
This is a historic result for India in #AsianCup2019 and #Chettri early second half goal made all the difference.
The last time we won a match at the AFC Asian Cup,— Aniket Mishra (@aniketmishra299) January 6, 2019
Man hadn’t landed on moon
India was yet to have its second PM (Nehru has just died)
Internet didn’t exist
Our next two opponents (UAE & BHR) weren’t independent countries
Can’t get more historic IMO #AsianCup2019
Indian Cricket team's first Test series win in Australia ✅@IndianFootball team's first AFC Asian Cup finals win in 55 years ✅— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 7, 2019
Congratulations to Team India on the historic achievements for Indian sport ???????? ???? pic.twitter.com/LtYhqiHVA8
T 3050 - India beats Thailand in AFC Football tournament .. 4-1 .. apparently Indian teams first win in such a tournament since 1964 !! Congratulations Indian team & Sunil Chhetri .. its about time , and its time for INDIA !!????????????????????????????????????????????????— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 6, 2019
????????????@chetrisunil11 after netting a double in @IndianFootball's 4-1 win against Thailand at the #AsianCup2019 ⚽️⚽️— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 6, 2019
It took his international scoring tally to 67 goals ????pic.twitter.com/oJ2Gqv0T0k
Constantine's Blue Tigers will play their next game against hosts UAE on 10th January followed by their last group fixture against Bahrain on 14th.
Published: Mon Jan 07, 2019 08:02 PM IST