Asian Cup winner Qatar held a draw in a FIFA World Cup qualifier: India lost to Oman in first match; Indian team, ranked 103rd in recent FIFA rankingsDoha:
After a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Oman in the first match, the Indian football team made an unexpected performance and prevented the Asian Cup winner Qatar in a draw in the qualifying match held at the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday. The Indian footballers who landed in the ground without their unfortunate skipper Sunil Chhetri did not allow Qatar, who won the Asian Cup in January, to score a goal. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu shone like a star throughout the match and did not allow Qatar to score goals in Group E. India, which is number 103 in the latest FIFA rankings, stopped Qatar, number 62 in the world, on their own ground.
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– FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 10, 2019
There is no doubt that this is India’s best result in recent times. Earlier on September 5 in Guwahati, India beat Oman by two goals to one. India now have one point after the match with Qatar, while Qatar have four points as they beat Afghanistan 6-0 in their first match. The last official match between the two teams was played in the World Cup qualifier in September 2007, where Qatar defeated India 6-0.
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