In the opening match of the 2024 AFC Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar, Australia succeeded in defeating India 2-0.
Australia commenced the tournament in a group alongside India, Uzbekistan, and Syria. Their advancement to the next stage of the competition seems inevitable, considering their confrontation with the 102nd FIFA-ranked team.
Although facing the 102nd ranked team appears to be an easy match, it’s essential not to forget that Australia suffered a defeat in their inaugural match of the previous tournament against Jordan four years ago.
On the other hand, India had a commendable performance in 2023, recording eight consecutive clean sheets at one point. However, in their last pre-tournament match, they suffered a 3-0 loss to Qatar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
Australia exhibited a strong performance in the first half, creating goal-scoring opportunities against India, but their efforts did not bear fruit as they failed to breach the opponent’s defense.
In the early stages of the second half, Australia’s attacks finally managed to break the deadlock.
in the 53 minutes, Gurpreet attempts a punch during a cross but fails to connect well. The ball lands at Irvine’s feet, and this time, the midfielder capitalizes, drilling it home from inside the box with the keeper off his line.
The Australian coach decided to make changes to the lineup, and after scoring the first goal, Australia did not retreat.
They increased the pressure, and after 20 minutes, they secured the second goal against India.
The ball was swiftly passed around again, and McGree squared for Bos to tap home from close range. It was all very easy on this occasion, although the match had been far from that.
In the end, Australia successfully maintained the pressure until the conclusion of the game, securing a 2-0 victory in their first match of the AFC Asian Cup.
Australia eventually dominated the game, despite the scoreline not reflecting it. India’s remarkable defiance in the first half stood out. Despite statistical dominance in the initial 45 minutes, the Aussies didn’t convert chances.
India’s sole moment was Chhetri’s missed opportunity at 0-0 in the first half, which, if converted, could have changed the outcome. However, Australia improved in the second half, passing the ball more smoothly, and the pressure eventually led to their success.