Doha: India fought back from a goal down to beat Turkmenistan 3-1 in their last Group C match at the AFC U23 qualifying tournament at the Al Sadd Stadium here on Sunday.
With one win and two defeats, India finished third in the group with three points while the central Asians came last with two draws and one defeat.
“Finally, we won a match. We were extremely unlucky to have lost to Syria and Qatar, but I’m happy for the boys and the result,” said India’s coach Stephen Constantine.
Turkmenistan took the lead in the 13th minute when centre-back Hojov Hoshgeldi scored from a direct free-kick.
But the Indians played with a lot of vigour and equalised through Manvir Singh in the 41st minute.
Alen Deory added the second in the 71st minute after he exchanged with Manvir inside the box.
Six minutes later, India earned a spot-kick which was smartly converted by Jerry Lalrinzuala after Ashyrov Mekan handled the ball inside the box.
“India had nothing to lose and they played a good game,” said Turkmenistan coach Agamyradov Ahmet.