November 29, 2023

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: India suffer 0-3 defeat to fancied Qatar

NEW DELHI: India displayed resilience however confronted a 0-3 defeat in opposition to the ambitious Asian champions Qatar of their moment fit of the 2026 FIFA World Cup second-round qualifiers in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
Qatar, announcing dominance right through the 90 mins on the Kalinga Stadium, will have secured a extra considerable victory if no longer for a number of ignored alternatives.
The visiting crew discovered the online via Moustafa Tarek Mashal (4th minute), Almeoz Ali (forty seventh), and Yusuf Adurisag (86th).
Despite India’s efforts to draw inspiration from their memorable 0-0 draw in opposition to the similar warring parties 4 years in the past, they struggled to create scoring possibilities. Although a few alternatives arose against the top of the primary part, they had been squandered.

Igor Stimac‘s squad stays in competition to safe the second one spot in Group A and qualify for the 3rd around, following their previous 1-0 victory over Kuwait in an away fit on November 16.
The Indian defence used to be uncovered fairly early into the fit as they conceded a function within the fourth minute itself.
Off a nook, 3 Qatar gamers exchanged passes within the Indian field however not one of the house aspect defenders may contact the ball. Moustafa Tarek Mashal then despatched a low right-footed shot which beat goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, who used to be fielded via Igor Stimac instead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, all finally ends up.
Akram Afif ignored 3 possibilities which allowed India to move into the breather only one function down.
Afif failed to hit the objective in the second one minute with simply the Indian goalkeeper in entrance of the put up. He additionally failed to to find the objective within the 14th, twenty second and twenty sixth mins.
First function scorer Mashal’s unfastened header used to be stored via Amrinder.
Their backs to the wall, India attempted to hit at the counter they usually were given two high quality possibilities, and will have restored parity from the second.
Then, Udanta Singh and Anirudh Thapa had a pleasing one-touch neat trade of passes however Lalengmawia Ralte failed to direct his shot correctly from the threshold of the field.
Three mins from the wreck, Thapa wasted an more straightforward probability as he had simplest the Qatar goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham to beat after the ball landed on him following a defensive mistake. But Thapa come what may may simplest produce a vulnerable low shot which ignored the put up via a large margin.
If the fag finish of the primary part noticed some fightback from India, Qatar nipped it within the bud via doubling the lead in the second one minute of the second one part (forty seventh minute of the fit) with their prolific striker Almeoz Ali discovering the objective.
Ali had scored 4 targets in Qatar’s 8-1 hammering of Afghanistan of their earlier fit.
Thapa used to be taken off within the 63rd minute and Sahal Abdul Samad got here in his position. Just two mins later, Suresh Singh discovered him within the Qatar field with an excellent supply however Samad’s left-footed shot used to be large of the a ways put up.
Four mins from legislation time, Qatar made it 3-0 (86th minute) with Yusuf Adurisag heading house after connecting a pass from Mohammed Albayati.
India subsequent play their 2026 World Cup qualifiers fit in opposition to Afghanistan on the impartial venue of Dushanbe, Tajikistan on March 21 subsequent yr.
(With PTI Inputs)