India vs Qatar 0-0, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights, India hold Qatar to a goalless draw but that tasted like a massive victory for Igor Stimac’s team in the World Cup 2022 qualifier at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Tuesday. With this draw, India have their first point on board in the qualifiers.

After a heart-breaking loss to Oman in their opener of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, India took on hosts Qatar. India’s captain Sunil Chhetri as the country top goal-scorer, who scored the only goal for the Blue Tigers in their 2-1 loss to Oman was suffering from high fever from the past couple of days. Without captain and legend Sunil Chhetri, India not just recovered from the heart-breaking 1-2- last minute loss against Oman but proved they had enough firepower to thwart Qatar, who have defeated every Asian opponent they faced in 2019.

India’s stand-in captain Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who was leading the team in the absence of an unwell Sunil Chhetri, was the star of the visiting side as he single-handedly stopped the Qataris from scoring any goal in the Group E match which will be remembered for long by the Indians. Qatar had 27 shots in comparison to just two from India but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu led from behind and made massive saves to help India get this big result.

“It was like playing at home away from home. The support was incredible. They spurred us on, cheering us all throughout,” Gurpreet said.

It was a completely one-sided match with Qatar doing all the attack and the Indians defending in their half for most part of the match. Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos had two shots early into the match but Sandhu was up to the task, including the brilliant finger-tip saves in the 20th minute. To the credit of the Indians, they defended brilliantly, maintained their shape throughout and did not give space to the speedy Qatari attackers.

India next play Bangladesh on October 15 in Kolkata.

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