'Big events will help us'

Gouramangi, who scored India’s first goal in the Asian Cup after the 1964 edition, when he found the target against Bahrain on Friday, said the players are not overawed by the reputation of their opponents in the continental showpiece.

“It is a learning curve for us, no doubt, and we are playing against the best in Asia. We need these kind of matches. I feel we are as good as any other country and the only thing we are lacking is the experience. With more experience, we can improve and catch up,” Gouramangi said ahead of India’s last group match against South Korea on Tuesday.
“At a personal level before playing Australia and Bahrain, you have the feeling that you are playing against top sides and some big players. But once the game starts I am not overawed,” said Gouramangi.

“It feels good having scored the first goal but what was more important was that we made a comeback after being 1-0 down. Defensively we could have done better,” he explained.

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