If you were asked to name the player sandwiched between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the scoring chart for most global goals by active players then how quickly would you come up with India striker Sunil Chhetri? I'm fortunate to play a lot of good games for my country but this game is right top there. It is another win that we wanted and have got in the AFC Asian Cup.
Constantine attributed his team's slow start to "nervousness" and took heart from their second half display when they scored three times without reply to add to a contentious first-half penalty.
"Chhetri passes Messi as India shock Thailand 4-1 at Asian Cup", said The Nation as they quote the forward and centred their report around the record-breaker. India sank to their feet, the collective units huddled together in celebration, while a few of the Thailand players broke down.
"It was important to not concede a goal in those minutes and that is what we did", the 56-year-old, now in his second stint with India, added.
Thailand, meanwhile, have won just one of their last 21 Asian Cup games after the morale-denting defeat at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi. We will give everything we have and we need your support. "I am happy that we are converting from the chances that we are making". "The goals need to come and it just doesn't matter who scores", he stated. "I have said this before, we are a very hard team to play against", he further added. There is a massive difference between them and us. We knew that if we allowed them space they would just be passing around the whole park and we may not even touch the ball.
On Sunday, after his team's convincing victory, Chhetri was all praise for the passing abilities of Thailand.
The second half was akin to the second lap of an 800m race, where one competitor just blazed away at the halfway stage and left everything in their wake, and the immediate post-match reactions of the teams told that story.