AFC Asian Cup: India thrashes Thailand in the opener

India recorded its first win in the Asian Cup after 55 years with a 4-1 rout of Thailand in the Group A opening match.

Despite Thailand starting the match strongly, India won the penalty in the 27th minute and Sunil Chhetri stepped up to slot home the opener. (AP) Photo: AP
Thailand did not trail for long as captain Teerasil Dangda pulled his team level in the 33rd minute with a header off a freekick. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
India came flying out of blocks in the second half as Chhetri scored in the 46th minute and set up Anirudh Thapa for the third goal with a superb throughball in the 68th minute. (AP) Photo: AP
In the 80th minute, Jeje added further gloss to the scoreline by curling home a delightful right-footer, two minutes after coming on as a substitute. With the 4-1 win, India went top of Group A and will face UAE on Thursday. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
In the Group B opener, defending champion Australia was stunned by Jordan in a 0-1 loss, courtesy a 26th minute header by Anas Bani Yassen. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images