India vs Oman, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers highlights: IND lose 0-1 against OMN
India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers highlights: Follow highlights and updates from the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier between India and Oman in Muscat.
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Highlights: The Indian football team took on higher-ranked Oman in a do-or-die FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying round match in Muscat. However, it was a dissapointing day for the Blue Tigers as they lost the match 0-1 to Oman. Muhsen Al Ghassani’s first-half goal was the decider of the game as Oman retained top spot in the group. India are second to bottom with just 3 points. India have failed to win a single game out of their five so far and has to record a win in this tie to have any outside chance of qualification. India had already lost to Oman in their home leg in Guwahati. Oman were coming into this match after an emphatic (4-1) win over Bangladesh at their home ground on November 14. India, on the other hand, were held to a 1-1 draws against lower-ranked Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
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That’s the final whistle. It started with a penalty miss but Oman eventually took the lead and maintained the lead till full-time. India still looking for their first win. Plenty of problems for Igor Stimac. Next game for India is in March. India 0-1 Oman
Almost an own goal
Ali Al Busaidi made a diving save as an own goal appeared imminent. Brandon whipped in a corner and it was deflected by his an Oman defender as Busaidi made the save.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has kept India in the match as made a game-saving save. Oman were through on goal and Gurpreet stretched his hand and made the save. Oman 1-0 India
Poor free kick
Brandon Fernandes had a chance to send a ball inside the Oman penalty area. India had a free kick at the edge of the box but the free kick from Brandon was extremely poor.
Udanta needs to show urgency
Udanta has to gamble and take on the full back more often otherwise the threat has neutralised by the Oman defence.
Rahul Bheke has been replaced by Sarthak Golui.
Problem for India
The Indian midfielders have looked quite helpless today with the exception of Brandon Fernandes. They have failed to get the moves going and although there were a couple of moves down the flanks, it will take something special for them to create a good move. Oman 1-0 India
The second half is underway. India will be looking to start strong after trailing 0-1 at the end of the first half. They were also forced to substitute two of their defenders and hopefully, that will not come to haunt them.
India trail 0-1 against Oman at half-time in Muscat. Oman dominated proceedings in the first few minutes but India fought back well. It was developing into a good contest but the solitary goal from Muhsen Al Ghassani means that Oman have the advantage.
The injuries have been a major bane for Igor Stimac’s Indian football team and this time, he once again had to substitute two of his players before half time. Can India fight back?
A brilliant through ball for Oman and this time, Muhsen Al Ghassani made no mistake as Oman lead 1-0 against India. A complete lapse in concentration and Ghassani was able to finish the move calmly.
The Oman midfielder was looking to counter fast but a strong challenge from Adil Khan and he received the first yellow card of the match. India are looking much better at the moment and all credit goes to Brandon Fernandes.
Chance for India
A good delivery from a Brandon Fernandes free-kick but Sunil Chhetri’s pass was too weak and the Oman goalkeeper was able to collect it quite easily. First chance for India but the match remains goalless.
Long Range effort
A long range effort from Mohammed Al Ghafri but the ball was nowhere near the goal and no issues for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. It has been all Oman till now with India still looking to find their footing.
What a miss!
What a miss! The penalty from Muhsen Al Ghassani went sailing over the goal and this is a huge reprieve for India! They will have to take advantage while Oman look to regroup.
Penalty against India
Pressure created by Afghanistan and Rahul Bheke ended up conceding a penalty! This is not the start that India would have wanted!
The match begins and India will be looking to start on a positive note. The major problem for Sunil Chhetri & Co in their previous matches was the defensive approach during the first few minutes and they will surely be looking to change it tonight.
World Cup qualifier
This is also a joint qualifying round for the 2023 Asian Cup and the third-placed teams and the best four fourth placed teams from the eight groups automatically get a place in the third round of the qualifiers of Asia’s biggest nations meet.
If India get a point from this game, it may be helpful in their bid to get an automatic third round berth for the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers. India have not won a single match in this campaign yet.
India are fourth in the Group E table with three points while Oman are second with nine points from four matches. Qatar are on top with 10 points from four outings.
India starting XI
Hello and welcome
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier between India and Oman in Muscat. A first half strike from Sunil Chhetri gave India hopes of beating Oman in the first leg in Guwahati in September but it ultimately turned out to be so-near-yet-so-far as the Gulf nation struck twice in the final 10 minutes to outwit the home side. Oman are coming into this match after an emphatic (4-1) win over Bangladesh here on November 14.