2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round
INDIA - FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 ( AFC QLF GR-E)(FIXTURE)19.11.19: OMAN - 1-0 - INDIA (FT..)
OMN : Al Ghassani 33'
INDIA : Gurpreet, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke (Sarthak Golui 67'), Adil Khan (Anas Edathodika 37'), Ashique Kuruniyan, Pronay Halder (Vinit Rai 27'), Brandon Fernandes, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.
OMAN :Al Habsi, Musalammi, Suhail, Mubarak, Busaidi, Al Hidi, Johar, AL Alawi, AL Ghafri, Al-saadi, Al Ghassani
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Referee: Nivon Gamini (Sri Lanka)
FULL TIME India lost against Oman in 1-0 in the World Cup Qualifier Match at Muscat.
90':6 minutes of added time.
87':India's corner, cleared in defence.
86':Ashique's cross, Al Habsi save it.
82':Another corner for India, cleared in defence.
78':Another corner to Oman, cleared by India.
76':Brandon's free kick, finds none and went wide.
75':Foul against Manvir, free kick to India.
71':Ashique's cross from left flank, went over Manvir and cleared in defence.
70':Games are open up now as both the teams are playing attacking football.
68':Good move through Udanta in right flank, but his cross cleared in defence.
67':Substitution for India: Sarthak in place of Rahul.
67':Brandon's free kick, chance to Farukh, but he committed hand ball.
65':Counter attack of India, Bad tackle to Udanta. Yellow Card to Al-Saadi. Free kick to India.
64':Back to back two corner to Oman after Sunil cleared the first. Brandon cleared another but again a cross cleared results another corner.
63':Gurpreet made a good save to deny Oman. Corner to Oman.
62':Anas committed foul, free kick to Oman.
61':Substitution for Oman: Arshad in place of Mubarak.
58':Fine touch from Udanta nearly finds Manvir, cleared by Oman.
54':Score remains still same, as Oman leading 1-0.
50':Brandon's free kick, cleared in defence.
49':Foul against Sunil, free kick to India.
47':Nearly a chance to Manvie from 2nd corner, but ball went straight to keeper Al Habsi.
47':Back to back two corner of India.
46':Second half resumed.
HALF TIME Oman leading 1-0 against India at half time.
45':2 minutes added on.
40':Another move of India through Ashique, chance to Manvir blocked by Oman defence.
38':Back to back two corner of Oman, cleared by India.
In another match Qatar is leading against Afghanistan in 1-0. Afif scored for Afghanistan.
36':Another Substitution for India: Anas to replace injured Adil.
33':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Counter attack of Oman after Vinit failed to clear the move and a good finish by Al Ghassani of Oman.
32':Oman's move ruled out due to OFFSIDE.
27':Substitution for India: Vinit replaced Pronay
26':Header went wide from corner.
26':India's cleared the free kick, Oman's corner.
25':Yellow Card to Pronay for his bad tackle.
23':India's corner cleared. Yellow Card to Adil for his bad tackle in Oman's counter attack.
22':Nishu's pass, blocked, corner to India.Good pass of Brandon to Udanta then to Nishu.
20':Brandon's free kick, Udanta's shot to find Sunil, save by keeper Al Habsi. First opportunity to India.
19':Counter attack through Udanta, foul against him and a free kick to India.
17':Another counter attack of Oman, but long ranger went wide.
16':Long forward pass to find Ashique, Oman cleared it.
11':Oman maintaining procession so far, Indian defence defended it well except one soft challenge of Rahul so far.
8':Move through Udanta in right flank, but good block by Oman cleared the move.
6':Oman missed the penalty. Al Ghassani's shot went over the bar.
5':PENALTY to Oman. Rahul Committed foul.
4':Oman's attack from left flank, blocked by Rahul Bheke, cleared by Brandon.
0':In another match of this group score remains goalless at half time between Qatar and Afghanistan. Afghanistan missed a penalty shoot-out in 29th minutes by Haydari.
0':It's time for the National Anthem.
0':Welcome yo you all for the live commentary of Oman vs India. Both the teams coming into the field. Play is about to start. Stay with us for the match updates.
HEAD TO HEAD LAST 8 MATCHES
21.09.1994 - Oman (1-4) India - Independence
31.03.2004 - India (1-5) Oman - FIFA World Cup
17.11.2004 - Oman (0-0) India - FIFA World Cup
23.02.2012 - Oman (5-1) India - International Friendly
11.06.2015 - India (1-2) Oman - FIFA World Cup
13.10.2015 -Oman (3-0) India - FIFA World Cup
27.12.2018 - India (0-0) Oman - International Friendly
05.09.2019 - India (1-2) Oman - FIFA World Cup
14.11.19: AFGANISTHAN - 1-1 - INDIA (FT')
AFG : Zelfagar Nazary 45+1'
IND Lenn 90+3'
INDIA Gurpreet, Bheke, Adil Khan, Sahil, Pritam, Brandon, Pronoy, Udanta, Mandar Rao, Ashique, Sunil.
AFG Aziz, Hassan, Amiri, Nazary, Omid, Sharaf, David, Noor, Qmran, Noor Husain, Faysal
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FT : AFGHANISTAN - 1-1 - INDIA.
90+2': GOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1. > LENN EQUALIZED FROM BRANDON'S CORNER kICK.
90+2': Corner kick for India.
90': 5 minutes added time.
83': Shot of Manvir Sungh went wide.
77': PLAYER CHANGE-INDIA : Pritam Kotal out and Lenn in.
75': AFGHANISTAN - 1-0 - INDIA.
67': CHANCE MISSED-INDIA - Brandon's corner kick and Sunil's header just went wide.
60': PLAYER CHANGE-INDIA : Sahil out and Manvir Singh in.
58': Sunil got a chance but Afgan Keeper saved his header.
50: STAT - On 12.01.2003 and 11.12.2011 -- India beat Afghanistan 4-0 both times in SAFF Championship.
48': Long Ranger-Right footer of Farookh wemt wide.
46': PLAYER CHANGE-INDIA : Mandar Rao out and Farokh Chowdhuri in.
HT: AFGHANISTAN - 1-0 - INDIA.
45+1': Goooaaalllll 1-0 to Afganisthan. Zelfagar Nazary scored from a right sided ground pass OF David Najem.
45': 2 Minute added time.
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39': 4th corner of Afganisthan - No score.
38': Gurpreet saved a grounder of Afganisthan for corner kick.
33': India win 1st corner kick..cleared in Afganisthan box.
31': 3rd corner kick for Afganisthan now right of Gurpreet but cleared.
30': AFGHANISTAN - 0-0 - INDIA.
27: CHANCE - INDIA: Ashique close left footer from Sahil went over afgan cross bar.
25': Left footer free kick of Afgan cleared in India box.
21': Pressure of Afganisthan in India zone.
20': AFGHANISTAN - 0-0 - INDIA.
18': Free kick of Afgan cleared in India box.
16': Rahul Bheke cleared the corner kick.
15': 2nd Corner kick earned by Afganistan in left of Gurpreet.
14': Long Throw in of Preetam kotal cleared in Afganistan defence.
12': Player Change - Afganistan : 19 out and 5 in.
9': Corner for Afganistan in left of India Keeper Gurpreet but Gurpreet cleared it.
6': AFGHANISTAN - 0-0 - INDIA.
4': AFGHANISTAN PLAYER HAROON AMIRI CURRENTLY PLAYING IN GOKULAM KERALA. EARLIER HE PLAYED IN MUMBAI FC, DEMPO SC, DSK SHIBAJIANS, CHENNAI CITY IN INDIAN FOOTBALL.
1': MATCH STARTS. INDIA IN BLUE/BLUE jersey.
0': Match is going to start.
8 HEAD TO HEAD MATCH SCORE BELOW
06.03.1951 -- India (3-0) Afghanistan : Asian Games
12.01.2003 -- India (4-0) Afghanistan : SAFF Championship
30.07.2008 -- India (1-0) Afghanistan : AFC Challenge Cup
05.12.2009 -- India (1-0) Afghanistan : SAFF Championship
03.12.2011 -- India (1-1) Afghanistan : SAFF Championship
11.12.2011 -- India (4-0) Afghanistan : SAFF Championship
11.09.2013 -- India (0-2) Afghanistan : SAFF Championship
03.01.2016 -- India (2-1) Afghanistan : SAFF Championship
15.10.2019 : INDIA 1-1 BANGLADESH (FT..)
INDIA : Adil Khan 88'
BANGLADESH : Saad Uddin 41'
MOM : Adil Khan - India
INDIA : Gurpreet, Rahul, Adil, Anas, Mandar, Anirudh, Sahal, Ashique, Udanta, Sunil, Manvir.
BANGLADESH : Rana, Rahmat, Yeasin, Riyadul, Rayhan, Jamal, Sohel, Biplu, Ibrahim, Saad, Ziban.
REFEREE : Masoud Tufaylieh (Syria)
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India shared the honour with Bangladesh in the Qatar World Cup 2022 Group E qualifying league match at Kolkata. The match ended in a 1-1 result as both the teams had a number of clear chances in the second session.
India were down by a goal in the first half, equalised at the flag end of the match when Adil Khan's powerful header of a corner from Brandon finds the target.Adil was the saviour of India when he saved a ball from the goal line after Gurprit failed to judge the lob from Ziban at the 72nd minute of the match. Adil was rightly adjudged as the Man of the Match.
India pressed hard in the second session played a number of passes in the Bangladesh half but failed to create any positive impact inside the striking zone. Yeasin after an injury in his forehead at the initial stages played a leading role in Bangladesh central defense denied India in a number of occasion from the close range. Bangladesh relying on the counter moves came close to score but failed to convert from the close range.
India as well as Bangladesh are still at the bottom positions in the league table will face a tough time to qualify further in the competition.
FULL TIME India hold Bangladesh by the late equaliser by Adil Khan.
Today's Attendance: 63486
90'+4':Move through Udanta, blocked in defence.
STAT - LALTU CHAKRABORTY : India participated in the qualifying rounds of the 1986 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifying group in March-April 1985. Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh was in the group. Late Sudeep Chatterjee, a central midfielder, was the captain of India. India lost their first qualifier (an away match to Indonesia 1–2). In the home matches at kolkata, India drew 1–1 with both Thailand and Indonesia, and beat Bangladesh 2–1 but failed to enter in next Round..
90'+3':Sunil's header to Manvir, his shot went wide.
90'+2':Ashique's cross, cleared in defence.
STAT - LALTU CHKRABORTY : Bangladesh played 8 World Cup qualifying matches after the 1986 World Cup, but their best result remained from 1985 when they beat Thailand and Indonesia in Dhaka. But Bangladesh failed to qualify from the group as their opponent, India, who twice beat Bangladesh by 2-1 margin.( On 30.3.1985 amd 12.04.1985).
90':5 minutes of added time.
89':What a chance to Sunil, but his shot went straight to Rana.
88':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Brandon's corner, Adil's header finds the net.
87':Sunil's shot, deflected and corner to India.
86':Forward pass to Sunil,, but it went over him.
84':Adil with another mistake in box, through Rabiul is in OFFSIDE position.
81':Brandon's long ranger, went over the bar.
STAT : LALTU CHAKRABORTY : India beat Bangladesh 3-0 in Bangkok Asian Games football ( Scorers - Xavier Pyas, Harjinder singh and Bidesh Bose on 14.12.1978 and India win 2-0 in Delhi Asian Games on 21.11.1982 ( Scorer Prasun Banerjee- 2) against Bangladesh..
78':Substitution for Bangladesh: Rabiul in place of Ibrahim.
77':Substitution for Bangladesh: Mahbubur in place of Ziban.
75':Substitution for India: Chhangte in place of Anas.
75':Sunil's header from Brandon's corner, missed by a whisker.
73':Yellow Card to Ziban for arguing with referee.
72':Ziban's flick, went over Gurpreet, But Adil made a goal line clearance.
72':Substitution for Bangladesh: Bishwanath in place of Rayhan.
71':Sahal's long ranger, good save by keeper Rana.
70':Chance to Sunil, but his pass blocked in defence.
67':Substitution for India: Raynier in place of Anirudh Thapa.
65':Brilliant counter attack through Sunil, Udanta. udanta's cross to find Manvir blocked by Rahmat.
63':Yellow Card to Jamal for his his bad tackle to Anirudh.
59':Fine header of Rahmat to deny Manvir in goal line. Another corner to India, cleared in defence.
58':Mistake in Bangladesh defence, another corner to India.
58':Bangladesh's counter attack, Ashique blocked it.
57':Sunil's free kick, deflected and went wide. Corner to India
56':Yeasin's foul against Manvir, free kick to India.
55':Substitution for India: Brandon in place of Mandar.
54':OFF THE POST!! Ibrahim's shot from left, beat Gurpreet and deflected by post.
52':Back to back three corner to Bangladesh, cleared in defence.
50':Counter attack of Bangladesh, Ziban's shot touched Gurpreet and went wide. Corner to Bangladesh.
49':Udanta's shot in box, Yeasin blocked once again.
48':Fine chance to Anirudh, but his first touch in box is not good and Bangladesh cleared the ball.
46':Another short corner, cleared in defence.
46':Mandar's shot blocked, another corner to India.
46':Second half resumed.
Bangladesh are leading at the half time by a solitary goal scored by Saad Uddin after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu failed to anticipate the course of a curling free kick from Jamal from the left.
Though India had the territorial advantage all through the first session but had to paid of due to the lacking of confidence of the central defenders. Adil and Anus failed to anticipate some easy moves of the Bangladesh which they had to paid off.
India had some chances but credit must be given to Yesin who proved to be the tower of strength in Bangladesh defence.
STAT : LATU CHAKRABORTY : India participated in the qualifying rounds of the 1986 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifying group in March-April 1985. Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh was in the group. Late Sudeep Chatterjee, a central midfielder, was the captain of India. India lost their first qualifier (an away match to Indonesia 1–2). In the home matches at kolkata, India drew 1–1 with both Thailand and Indonesia, and beat Bangladesh by 2–1 ( Scorer - Bikash Panji, Camilo Gonsalves at home match Kolkata on 12.04.1085) and away match on 30.04.1985 at Dhaka 9 scorer - P.Ghosh and Bikash Panji) but failed to enter in next Round.
> HALF TIME At the end of first half Bangladesh is leading against India.
45':2 minutes of added time.
43':Anirudh's corner, cleared in defence.
42':Udanta's cross blocked, corner to India.
41':GOAALLLLLL Saad scored for Bangladesh. Jamal's free kick, Gurpreet missed the flight and Saad's header finds the net.
39':Rayhan with another long throw-in, finds no one in box and went wide.
38':Anas's long pass, Sunil's header went straight to Rana.
37':Long throw-in of Bangladesh, header went wide.
35':Yellow Card to Anas for his bad tackle to Ziban.
34':Anirudh's corner kick, blocked in defence.
34':Rahul's long throw-in, Manvir's header, cleared by Rana. Good save by Rana. Corner to India.
32':Bangladesh's corner, cleared and a counter attack of India, Udanta blocked. free kick to India.
31':Counter attack of Bangladesh after Adil made a mistake. Ziban's move blocked by Anas. Corner to Bangladesh.
30':India's corner, cleared.
29':Yeasin once again made a fine header to block Anirudh's free kick. Corner to India.
28':Foul against Anirudh, free kick to India.
27':Another fine minus of Udanta, Yeasin blocked. Corner to India.
26':Another fine move through Sahal and Udanta in right, but Udanta cross from flank went wide.
25':Brilliant short free kick, But last touch make it easy for Bangladesh.
24':Foul against Manvir, free kick to India in a very good position.
23':Udanta's centre from right flank, cleared in defence.
21':Ashique's move from left flnk and a cross, but cleared in defence.
17':Rahul Bheke's header from Anirudh's corner, went over the bar.
16':Udanta's shot blocked in right wing. 3rd corner to India.
14':Yasin's shot from Bangladesh's corner, went wide.
13':Move from Ashique and Mandar, but Ashique is in OFFSIDE position.
12':Rahul's long pass, Sunil's header finds Rana.
11':Mandar's cross from left flank, went straight to Rana's hand.
9':India's move, cleared. Back to back two corner, Udanta's header cleared in defence.
8':Forward pass to Manvir, but his header went wide.
7':Another move of Ibrahim from left flank, Rahul blocked again.
5':Bangladesh's long throw-in, Anas's header cleared the move.
3':Ashique's pass, Sunil's shot, went straight to keeper Rana's hand.
2':Jamal's corner, cleared in defence.
1':Attack of Bangladesh through Ibrahim, cleared and corner to Bangladesh.
0':Time for the kick off.
0':The stadium roars with the "India India" Slogan, then comes the national anthem.
0':Welcome to you all at Yubabharathi Krirangan, Kolkata. Teams are coming into the field, match is about to start.
0':Two bottom placed ream in Group E will face each other. Bangladesh is yet to open their account while India is on 1 point. It is must win game for India to proceed further in the tournament.
0': MATCH WILL START AT YBK - KOLKATA AT 7.30 PM IST
INDIA WILL NOT UNDERESTIMATE BANGLADESH
KFC NEWS DESK - 14.10.2019: India will face Bangladesh in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifer & AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 tomorrow at Yubabharathi Krirangan, Kolkata.
Bangladesh team played against Qatar on 10th October, though they lost the match 2-0 at home but has created some positive chances in the match make them confident before the game agaainst India. India on the other hand hold Qatar 0-0 in the away match earn a lot of support and praise.
HEAD TO HEAD
TOTAL MATCHES: 28
BANGLADESH WON: 2
DRAWN : 11
BANGLSDESH SCORED: 17
In the pre match press conference at Kolkata,the chief coach of India Igor Stimac says "I am happy to play at Kolkata. A lot of passion involved in the game. City of Joy Kolkata, is the Mecca of Indian Football. Indian team now can play organised and discipline football. Indian team comprises of talented as well as experienced footballers. Starting as a favorite in front of full house create a lot of pressure, but we are working on it to release the pressure. We ready to repeat which we did at Qatar. We want to win against Bangladesh. We need to prove that we can dominate and play organised football."
BANGLADESH SQUAD AGAINST INDIA
GOALKEEPER: Shahidul Yousuf,Ashraful Islam Rana,Anisur Rahman,
DEFENDERS: Yeasin Arafat, Riyadul Hasan, Raihan Hasan, Monjurur Rahman, Rahmat Mia, Yeasin Khan, Tutul Hossain.
MIDFIELDERS: Mamunul Islam, Mohammad Ibrahim, Robiul Hasan, Sohel Rana, Ariful Rahman, Jamal Bhuyan (C), Biplu Ahmed.
FORWARD: Tawhidul Alam Sabuz, Nabib Newaj Jibon, Motin Mia, Jewal Rana, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Saad Uddin.
COACH: JAMIE DAY.
Match will start at 7.30 PM IST tomorrow at Yubabharathi Krirangan, Kolkata.
While answering a question Stimac paid due respect to Bangladesh as he says not to underestimate Bangladesh. Stimac added, "Bangladesh proved themselves against Qatar in the last match. They deserve a win as they created a number of positive chances. They did not came to Kolkata to give away the match, but to win. Bangladesh team is well organised and they have talented footballers. Lets go into the game with a great respect to Bangladesh."
Indian Team captain Sunil Chhetri looks confident with his team and talking to the media he says " It's 11 vs 11's game, not any individual's game, whoever will play tomorrow will give their best. It's now tough competition going on in the team as coach chooses first XI based on their performance in the training sessions. If 3 people even 4 people mark me, we'll be happy. We can have a tea together. Then it'll be 10 vs 6 on the pitch. Manvir, Balwant, Udanta, Ashique all are way better than me. You'll see it tomorrow." On talking about playing in front of 60000+ crowd he says very few International matches he played have seen such crowd. It always give more confidence when you have your 12th man cheering throughout the match.
Bangladesh Coach Jamie Day says " India is the favorite team here. So, pressure is on them. We played well against Qatar, though we lost the game. But this gives us a lot of confidence. There are lot of positivity in the last game. If we play like the last game, then result will be different. It will be a fantastic experience to play in front of good crowd. We have a team with lot of young players, a good performance will give them a lot of confidence." Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhunia also looks positive before the game. Talking to the media regarding their plan against Sunil Chhetri he says " Chhetri have a good record. We will mark him and will not give him any space. Hopefully we will create some chance to score." In fact India had a good record against Bangladesh. The last match between these two neighboring states ended in a 2-2 settlement at Goa.
10.09.2019 : QATAR 0-0 INDIA (FT )
QAT : Al Sheeb, Pedro, Karim, Tarek, Al-Haydos, Hatim, Yusuf, Bassam, Boualem, Almoez, Assim.
IND : Gurpreet, Rahul, Sandesh, Adil, Nikhil, Udanta, Anirudh, Sahal, Rowllin, Mandar, Manvir.
Before today's match, Qatar has won against Japan, S.Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE. Against Asian opponents, Qatar has score 25 goals in 2019 and conceded just 1. India became the first asian nation in 2019 to stop Qatar from scoring.
FT : INDIA HOLD QATAR IN AWAY 0-0. INDIA KEEPER GURPREET SINGH OUTSTANDING PLAY.
90+1: SUBSTITUTE - INDIA : ANIRUDDHA THAPA OUT NARINDER GEHLOT IN
90': 4 minutes added time.. QATAR 0-0 INDIA
88': India is playing without most experienced Sunil Chhetri today.
88': More and more pressure of Qatar for a Goal in India box.
85': Qatar's close shot off a rebound shot from Gurpreet and 2nd shot of Qatar hits the post..
82': QATAR 0-0 INDIA
81': CHANCE MISSED - INDIA : What a miss of Udanta from out side box with his left footer off a pass of aniruddh Thapa..
79': Qater's captain close shot went to Gurpreet.
74': SUBSTITUTE - INDIA : SAHAL OUT VINIT RAI IN
72': QATAR 0-0 INDIA
66': Corner for India, Aniruddh corner kick and Sahal's shot just missed the target.
65': Free kick to India as Udanta was fouled.
63': Free kick of Qatar hits India wall.
. 62': Free kick to Qatar. Danger area - just out side of India box.
60': QATAR 0-0 INDIA
56': Yellow card to Assim of Qatar.
54': Yellow card to Rolwin Borges of India.
50': Cross of Udanta Singh from right but no follower.
46': STARTS OF 2ND HALF
HALF TIME.. Score remains goalless between India and Qatar at the end of first half.
45':2 minutes of added tine.
38':7th corner of Qatar, cleared in defence.
35':Qatar's free kick, Adil cleared the ball.
30':After 30 minutes scoreline remains goalless.
27':Gurpreet looks rocks solid so far in the game dominated by Qatar.
25':Back to back two corner of Qatar, header went wide.
23':YELLOW CARD to Gurpreet for time wasting.
20':Qatar's corner, cleared by Gurpreet.
19':Gurpreet made another fine save,tips the ball over the bar. Corner to Qatar.
15':Another corner to Qatar, cleared and another one. Gurpreet saved the second one.
12':Rowllin's long pass, straight to keeper Al Sheeb.
10':Qatar's corner from left, went wide.
6':Move through Udanta, Sahal and Nikhil, blocked in left flank.
3':Qatar starts the game with early attacks, maintaining better procession.
0': Here goes the kick off. India to face Asian Champion Qatar in Doha.
IN THE YEAR 1996 FOR 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP AFC QUALIFIER MATCH BETWEEN QATAR AND INDIA ON 27TH SEPT 1996 WHERE QATAR BEAT INDIA 6-0. Al-Enazi-2, Al Kuwari,Maayof,Soufi,Fazli scored for Qatar.
IN THE YEAR 2017 ON 21ST JULY for U23 AFC Championship, Qualification - Asia - MATCH BETWEEN QATAR U23 AND INDIA U23 WHERE QATAR BEAT INDIA 1-0. Ahmed Al Sadi SCORED FOR QATAR.
IN 2ND MATCH INDIA TO FACE QATAR IN AWAY09.09.2019 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The history book points out that India have never beaten Qatar in an official match. The history book also points out that Qatar are the defending Asian Champions, and one among the two Asian teams who earned an invitation to play the Copa America Brazil 2019.
IN THE YEAR 1996 FOR 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP AFC QALIFIER MATCH BETWEEN QATAR AND INDIA ON 27TH SEPT 1996 WHERE QATAR BEAT INDIA 6-0. Al-Enazi-2, Al Kuwari,Maayof,Soufi,Fazli SCORED FOR QATAR.
Nevertheless, a day before India take on Qatar in the Group E match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 joint qualifiers, Indian National Team Head Coach Igor Stimac stressed "anything is possible in football." Stimac was speaking at the official pre-match press conference in Doha.
"I know the Qatar team pretty well. Their physical strength is great, and their technical capabilities, and movements are fantastic. It’s difficult to find any weak point in their squad," Stimac stated. "But in Football, everything is possible. You never give up," he added.
The match slated to take place at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha and will kick-off at IST 10 PM (7.30 PM local time) tomorrow (September 10, 2019). The Blue Tigers are currently ranked 103 in the latest FIFA Ranking while the hosts are in 62nd place. "We didn’t have much time after the Oman game. Even as we know Qatar are a very good team, we are trying to give everything on the pitch. So we have been working on the players, and talking to them on how to prepare."
Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, mentioned that it is a "good opportunity to play Qatar." "Not getting a result against Oman was disappointing for us. But as a player you have to take it in your stride, and move on to the next challenge. We think it’s a good opportunity to play against Qatar. We will try our best, and try to get a result from the game," Gurpreet commented.
Referring back to India’s 1-2 loss against Oman in their opening Group E fixture where India conceded two goals in the last 8 minutes, Stimac dismissed talks of fitness worries playing spoilsport. "Fitness is not a concern. Effectiveness of running is important. A more experienced team would have known when and how to run. We were wasting too much of our energy."
The two teams have just met once at the senior level, way back in 1996, Qatar had pumped in half a dozen, winning 6-0 in the World Cup Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup France 1998. Apart from that, the two countries have met four times in U-23 competitions with Qatar having won thrice, while the other ended in a draw. The Croatian coach who guided Croatia to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 also explained that he is "working on developing more young players".
"It’s still early days for me. We haven't got enough match time. We played well against Oman, we had better possession, more chances, especially in the first half. We are a young team, learning and growing with every step," he quipped.
05.09.2019 : INDIA 1-2 OMAN (FT)
IND : Sunil Chhetri 24'
OMAN : Al- Mandhar 82', 90'
IND: Gurpreet, Rahul, Subhasish, Sandesh, Adil, Anirudh, Brandon, Sunil, Udanta, Rowllin, Ashique.
OMA: Faiyz, Musallamim Mukhaini, Busaidi, Gheilani, Saleh, Mahaijri, Alawi, Saadi, Maqbali, Yahyaei
FT : India lost 1-2 to Oman in opeing Match.
90': 3 minute added time.
90': GOALLLLL 2-1 for Oman. Al-Mander scord another.
83': INDIA 1-1 OMAN
82': GOALLL 1-1. Al- Mandhar of Oman equalized the score line.
78': PLAYER CHANGE : Manvir Sing in Asique out.
73': WELL SAVE GURPREET. DEFLECTED BALL CLEARED BY RAHUL
60: PLAYR CHANGE- INDIA : Brandon out and L. Zuala in.
HT : INDIA 1-0 OMAN
45': 1 MINT ADDED TIME.
24': GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL : 1-0 for India. Sunil Chhetri scored from a brilliant Free-Kick.
20': Corner kick of Aniruddh Thapa missed the target for an inch.<
15': CHANCE TI iNDIA! uDANTA'S SHOT HITS THE POST FROM Chhetri'S PASS.
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Oman made a late comeback to defeat India 2-1 in the opening Group E match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Joint-Qualifiers at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, on Thursday, September 5, 2019. The Blue Tigers’ talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring, but Oman made their comeback in the last 10 minutes, when Al-Mandhar Al Alawi struck a brace to win the match for the away side.
India got the early start that they were looking for, with Ashique Kuruniyan running his legs off in the attacking midfield position. The Blue Tigers had their first real chance around the quarter-hour mark, when Thapa intercepted a ball in the middle of the park, played it to Chhetri, who put Udanta through. The winger jinked past an Oman defender and rattled the cross-bar.
Soon after, Ashique was played into the box has he took the ball away from the rushing keeper Faiyz Al Rusheidi. However, 22-year-old was in too tight an angle to score. The early pressure by the Blue Tigers soon paid the dividends, as Ashique was brought down on the left flank by Abdulaziz Al Gheilani, who went into the books for the mis-timed tackle.
It was a combination of Brandon Fernandes and Sunil Chhetri from the resulting free-kick, as they worked-out a set-piece straight from the training ground. Brandon drilled it in hard and low for Chhetri, who lost his marker and planted the sweetest of left-footers into the bottom corner, sending the partisan crowd of 22,798 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati into ecstacy.
With a couple of minutes left for the half-time whistle, Oman captain Ahmed Al Mahaijri had the golden opportunity to put the away side level. A cross played from the right flank found Mahaijri on the other end of it, as the Oman captain went in with a powerful header. However, India custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu put in a strong hand to parry it away from point-blank range; Mahaijri failed to hit the target from the rebound.
Igor Stimac’s boys applied a much more cautious approach after the change of ends, and the equaliser nearly came from the most unlikeliest of sources – a miscued clearance by Anirudh Thapa. However, Gurpreet was on hand again, to tip it over the bar. The 27-year-old custodian bailed India out again a few minutes later, when he calmly collected a precise free-header by Abdulaziz Al Maqbali.
On the hour-mark, Stimac decided to add some pace to the wings, as he brought on Lallianzuala Chhangte in place of Brandon Fernandes. While Oman attempted to get the equaliser, Sunil Chhetri tried to use Chhangte’s pace as he played the youngster through on the counter. However, he scuffed his eventual shot.
Oman left it late, but they came back in the last 10 minutes, when Al-Mandhar Al Alawi scored two to win it for Oman. For their first goal, Al-Mandhar was played into the India box via a lofted through ball, as the attacker dinked it over Gurpreet to equalise.The 24-year-old struck the winner on last minute of regulation time, as he cut in from the left and rifled his shot into the back of the net.