106th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra2237241231929448 Tamil Nadu118594711161636 Delhi102831742173165 Gujarat37636267441978 Uttar Pradesh2996819627313 Telangana2761216287313 Karnataka2681511100417 West Bengal2383715790804 Rajasthan2140416575472 Andhra Pradesh211979745252 Haryana1799913645279 Madhya Pradesh1562711768622 Bihar12525933898 Assam12523833016 Odisha10097670354 Jammu and Kashmir89315399143 Punjab67494554175 Kerala5895345228 Chhatisgarh3415272814 Uttarakhand3230262143 Jharkhand3018210422 Goa190311568 Tripura171612481 Manipur14307710 Himachal Pradesh107876410 Puducherry104351714 Nagaland6443030 Chandigarh4924017 Arunachal Pradesh270922 Mizoram1971390 Sikkim125650 Meghalaya94432
Sports Football 11 Sep 2019 FIFA 2020 Qualifiers ...

FIFA 2020 Qualifiers: India hold Qatar to a draw, Sunil Chhetri lauds his 'boys'

ANI
Published Sep 11, 2019, 10:00 am IST
Updated Sep 11, 2019, 10:00 am IST
Chhetri missed the match against Qatar on Tuesday due to viral infection.
What makes this result remarkable is the fact that on the FIFA rankings, India is at 103rd position while Qatar is on 62nd. (Photo: Twitter)
 What makes this result remarkable is the fact that on the FIFA rankings, India is at 103rd position while Qatar is on 62nd. (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: As India held Asian Champions Qatar to a goalless draw in the qualifiers of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2020, Sunil Chhetri lauded the team, saying "that is my team and those are my boys".

Chhetri missed the match against Qatar on Tuesday due to viral infection.

 

"Dear India, THAT is my team and THOSE are my boys! Cannot describe how proud I am at this moment. Not a big result for the table, but in terms of a fight, as big as it can get. Huge credit to the coaching staff and the dressing room. #QATIND," Chhetri tweeted.

What makes this result remarkable is the fact that on the FIFA rankings, India is at 103rd position while Qatar is on 62nd.

Blue Tigers coach Igor Stimac made four changes to the lineup.

From the beginning of the match, Qatar dominated the ball possession and kept on making aggressive moves on the field to trouble the Indian defenders and goalkeeper.

India was willing to stay back and absorb the pressure. Qatar came out all guns blazing and they created many opportunities but skipper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu defied and frustrated the Asian Champions.

Twice in the first 10 minutes, Gurpreet denied his rival counterpart Hassan Al Heidos, thus growing in confidence, and transporting it to the entire team, who wasn't willing to give away an inch.

In fact, the Indians were stubborn. The Qataris enjoyed the possession, but timely interceptions, tackles, and with one backing the other and defending as a team, Qatar weren't able to break free.

Blue Tigers got a chance to score a goal in the 51st minute as Udanta Singh received the ball from Abdul Sahal, outpacing Qatar's Abdelkarim Hasan and he tried to find Manvir Singh, who was backing up but it was a bit too long for the latter and the opportunity could not be seized.

Six minutes later, Sahal breached the Qatari midfield once again but Assim Madibo played foul, thus earning a yellow card.

At the hour mark, India came close once again, but Sahal's left-footed volley off an Anirudh Thapa corner missed the goalpost narrowly.

With this result, India moves to one point from two matches with Qatar currently topping the group with four points from the same number of games.

The Blue Tigers had lost their first match against Oman 1-2.

India will next play Bangladesh in their next match on October 15 at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, in Kolkata.

...
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT