INDIA - FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 ( AFC QLF GR-E)(FIXTURE)

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.


10.09.2019 : QATAR <b><font color=red> 0-0 </b></font> INDIA


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.

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IN 2ND MATCH INDIA TO FACE QATAR IN AWAY

09.09.2019 - 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. Itís 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 didnít 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 itís 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 Indiaís 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".

"Itís 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.

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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
05.09.2019 : INDIA   <b><font color=red> 1-2  </b></font> OMAN (FT)
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.
05.09.2019 : INDIA   <b><font color=red> 1-2  </b></font> OMAN (FT)
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 Tigersí 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 Stimacís boys applied a much more cautious approach after the change of ends, and the equaliser nearly came from the most unlikeliest of sources Ė 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 Chhangteís 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.

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