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Players in action during 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier match between India and Macau at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru Oct. 11, 2017. (IANS photo)

BENGALURU — India beat Macau 4-1 to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup football tournament here Oct. 11.

Rowllin Borges (28th minute) put India ahead in the first half before Sunil Chhetri (60th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) found the net after the break. 

Macau defender Man Fai Ho scored an own goal in the 70th minute while trying to clear a pass into the penalty box by India's Halicharan Narzary.

Nicholas Mário de Almeida Torrão scored the lone goal for the visitors in the 37th minute.

This is the fourth time that India has qualified for the Asian Cup. The last time they qualified was six years ago when they won the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup to book their tickets to the 2011 Asian Cup.

The last time India reached the main stage of Asian football's showpiece event through the direct qualification route was in 1984.

India's best result at the Asian Cup came in 1964 when they finished runners-up to hosts Israel. 

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