first_imgThe Indians were to be blamed themselves for todays The Indians were to be blamed themselves for todays defeat as they squandered a 1-0 lead with a dominating display in the first 45 minutes as they controlled the match till the end of that period. Turkmenistan, however, could have taken the lead in the 21st minute as they earned a penalty after Pritam Kotal brought down Arslan Amanov inside the area. Arslan himself took the spot kick but shot wide even as Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu dived at the right direction. India punished the visiting side for wasting the penalty as central defender Jhingan came up to head home from a set piece. He outjumped his Turkmenistan rivals to connect a Narayan Das free-kick which India earned after a foul on captain Jeje Lalpekhlua who led the home side as an injured Sunil Chhetri did not take the field. Turkmenistan, who had beaten Oman and drawn with mighty Iran in their campaign, showed in the second half why they are ranked 113th in the FIFA charts, 47 places above India as they brushed aside the tough playing condition here to score twice in the second half. Turkmenistans equaliser though was due to a goalkeeping mistake by normally reliable Gurpreet as he found himself out of position as the cross from Didar Durdiyev sailed over him for an unmarked captain Arslan to head the ball home into the empty net. Second half substitute Atayev then scored the what turned out to be the winning goal in the 70th minute as he got the better of every Indian inside the box to slot the ball home. He side-stepped an advancing Gurpreet and then fired a low shot into the net with all other Indian defenders trying to reach to the ball in vain. PTI PDS PMadvertisementlast_img

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