For all the die-hard Indian fans of European football, yesterday was a day at AFC championship, which could have changed the way we look at the game. Chhetri-led men in blue that took the field in Sharjah against Bahrain had a statement to make, more than reaching the elusive knock-out stages and get into the record books.

Understandably, India, grappling with opposition’s pace and tactics for the first 10 minutes, were clueless. As the game progressed, it seemed to be a scene handpicked from the Shaolin Soccer. While Sandeep Jhingan was ably marshalling the defence, others on the field childishly threw their bodies at everything and at times on each other. It was the bold and brilliant custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who kept opposition’s barrage of volleys at bay.