The Indian football team on Wednesday suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Myanmar in its last league match of the qualifying event of the AFC Challenge Cup here, which put the country's chances of advancing to the final round of the tournament in a difficult position. Home side substitute Soe Min Oo scored the only goal of the match in the 75th minute.
With the loss, India ended the tournament on second position with six points from two wins – against Chinese Taipei (2-1) and Guam (4-0). Myanmar qualified for the final round of the AFC Challenge Cup, to be held next year in Maldives, after emerging as Group A toppers with seven points from two wins and a draw.
The qualifying round of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup was divided into five groups to be played in a centralised venue. The five group toppers and two best second-place teams will join hosts Maldives in the final round next year.
Thus, India still have a chance to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup final round. They will have to wait till the end of this month, when all the qualifying round group matches are completed.PTI