"In the second period, India were more aggressive, and they clearly wanted the victory", Rajevac said.
After taking the lead through a Sunil Chhetri penalty, it appeared that the occasion was getting to the Indian team, as they conceded a soft goal off a free kick, allowing Thai captain Teerasil Dangda to rise unchallenged for a header that beat captain Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in goal.
Interestingly, Sunil Chhetri, who was playing his 104th match, took his global goal tally to 67 goals surpassing Barcelona icon Lionel Messi.
India finished runners-up in the 1964 edition of the Asian Cup in Israel which was played among just four teams in a round-robin format.
"Around the 25-30 minute mark, you saw them [Thailand] pass and we just couldn't touch them".
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"Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in global goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1 at the Asian Cup football tournament on Sunday, the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A opener to surpass the Barcelona superstar". Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer with 85 from 154 matches.
Constantine's men marked their return to the continental showpiece event after an eight-year hiatus with a brilliant second half display to secure a surprise triumph against the more-fancied War Elephants to move top of Group A.
"We don't go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1". I would like to congratulate not only coach Constantine but the entire team and the supporters. "The goals need to come and it just doesn't matter who scores".
"It's not an easy job but it was one of the reasons which helped us get the win", said the striker from Delhi who is nearing former captain Bhaichung Bhutia's (107) most number of India appearances record in this Asian Cup. But it's just one game.
The win put India at the top of the points table in Group A. They are followed by Bahrain and hosts UAE, who had played out a 1-1 stalemate in the tournament opener on Saturday.A draw in either of the two coming matches against UAE and Bahrain could see India make the knock out round.