India dent Guam's hopes of World Cup progress with 1-0 win

Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:19pm EST
 
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By Simon Jennings

BENGALURU (Reuters) - India salvaged some pride and dented Guam's chances of making it to the next round of World Cup qualification with a 1-0 win on a rainy night in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Robin Singh's 10th minute strike was enough to secure the hosts's first points of the campaign, despite going a man down at the end of the first half after defender Sehnaj Singh was shown a straight red for a lunge on midfielder Justin David.

The winners of the eight groups and four best runners-up will advance through to the next stage qualification for Russia 2018, where Asia will have at least four representatives.

India, on three points after six games, have no hope of progressing and prop up Group D, but the defeat left Guam's hopes hanging by a thread.

The side from the tiny U.S. territory of less than 200,000 inhabitants in the North Pacific Ocean have been the surprise package of the five-team group so far.

Guam sit fourth in the standings, tied on seven points with Turkmenistan, whom they beat 1-0 in June in what was their first World Cup fixture since being thrashed 16-0 by Tajikistan in 2000.

Coach Gary White's team followed that up by beating India 2-1, before being trounced 6-0 by group leaders Iran.

They bounced back to hold Oman to a goalless draw, leaving them with a shout of making it to the next stage.   Continued...