India vs Bangladesh FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 2022: India Beats Bangladesh in qualifier match 2-0 as Captain Sunil Chhetri scores a double goal.
With this win, Igor Stimac’s men not only end their 11-match winless run , but also is their first victory in the World Cup qualifiers since November 2015. India created several chances early on, on the back of efforts from Chhetri and Brandon, and evventually the Blue Tigers had the last laugh. The win takes India to third with six points, one point ahead of fourth-placed Afghanistan, while Bangladesh remain winless at the bottom of the six-team table with two points.
India next face minnows Afghanistan on 15 June, and will set sights on another win. Until next time, it’s goodbye and good night!
India 2- 0 Bangladesh
80′: GOAL! Finally! Sunil Chhetri with a brilliant header to give India a well-deserved lead! Goal number 73 for Chhetri. The Indian skipper heads this from the right side of the six-yard box to the centre of the goal. Ashique with an accurate cross and Chhetri collects the ball right in time to find the net.
94: FULL TIME! India complete a big, crucial victory over an inexperienced Bangladesh thanks to a brilliant brace from their talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri. With this, they claim three important points to keep their AFC Asian Cup qualification hopes alive and kicking. India were the dominant side in terms of ball possession, and in the end it just had to be that man Chhetri to see them home.
“Chhetri completes a brace with a brilliant first touch as the ball races past the opposition goalkeeper in the top left corner. Effortless, excellent stuff from the Indian skipper. Made it look so easy! “
The 80′ min goal and 92′ goal by chhetri made the win easy for team INDIA.
The qualifier match of group E India Vs Bangladesh
In a desperate bid to keep their qualification for AFC Asian Cup 2023 alive, the Igor Stimac-coached Indian football team will look to avoid defeat when they face Bangladesh at Doha’s Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar in their penultimate FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier game on Monday.
Even well before their 0-1 defeat to Qatar, India were already out of contention for the FIFA World Cup 2022 but remain in the reckoning for a spot in the third round of Asian Cup qualifiers.
India are currently occupying the fourth spot with three points and could overtake third-placed Afghanistan (five points) with a win over a fairly inexperienced Bangladesh side.
The four best fourth-placed finishers earn the right to qualify for the third round of Asian Cup qualifiers but six teams currently have more points than India in that spot.
The Blue Tigers, meanwhile, remain winless in the World Cup qualifiers for almost six years now, with their last victory coming against Guam (1-0) in November 2015.
Rahul Bheke’s red card for handball in the 18th minute against Qatar means that he will miss the Bangladesh contest and Pritam Kotal will be deployed at right-back, while Chinglensana Singh could also make a return.
FC Goa midfielder Glan Martins made his India debut against Qatar, and he enjoyed a decent outing. However, his task will be cut out for him and he will be in charge of initiating the attack.
All in all, India will look to avoid further slip-ups and hope for a better showcase against a Bangladesh side that are ranked below them in 184th spot.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Anirudh Thapa, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Apuia, Abdul Sahal, Yasir Mohammad, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan.
Forwards: Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita.
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