Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua are the players most likely to lead the attacking line, though Constantine might be tempted to take one player out of the midfield and include Balwant Singh as a starter, considering how defensive Macau were in the away leg.
What channel will air the AFC Asian Cup qualifier between India and Macau? The last time India played in the tournament was in 2011 while their only appearance before that was way back in 1984.
If three points are indeed secured against Macau, India would require tasting defeats in their remaining two games against Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic and a flawless storm of results to go against them in order to not qualify for the Asian Cup. The goal we conceded was against the run of play.
For his goal, Borges fooled the visitors' goalkeeper after he received a pass from Jeje, who had the presence of mind to spot him.
India finished with another heavy defeat, going 2-0 down inside nine minutes before Chhetri converted a penalty in the 12th minute, as Korea Republic beat them 4-1 to complete a forgettable outing for a talented squad, but a majority of whom had probably peaked as a unit over a span of time at least two years before the finals.
Before Jeje could set it up, Narayan Das whipped in a low cross from the left.
Partly cloudy, cooler Thursday; Sunny Friday
A few showers possible Friday afternoon, otherwise mostly sunny and just a touch warmer with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Nothing big - showers should be scattered, and rainfall totals should remain below a tenth of an inch.
Chhetri, who scored his 55th worldwide goal tonight, stated that a lot of work to be done before approaching the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
The goal was set up by Chan Chun, who found space on the right and sent in a handsome cross.
India kept creating chances as they searched for the opening goal. The substitute raced forward before squaring the ball into the box for Chhetri to knock it in. The Macau centre-back swung his left foot in a clearance attempt, but only managed to slice the ball over his goalkeeper. He scored two goals in the last game and he should have scored here too.
"I was there when we missed out in 2015 and that still hurts me", Chhetri said after the match.
Asia Cup is scheduled to take place in 2019 and India have 2 long years at their bay to prepare for the elite competition which will feature the best of Asian sides. We need to play big teams like them and that is what makes this qualification special.
Chetri lauded his teammates for their performance. This is indeed a quick change in fortunes for the national team which had a disastrous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign losing all but one of their eight games. "We will keep working hard".