Preview: A heart-breaking loss within the campaign-opener has dented their probabilities of transferring forward and the Indian soccer group faces one other uphill activity when it takes on Asian champion Qatar in its most tough match of the World Cup second spherical qualifiers on Tuesday.
India let in two objectives within the final eight minutes after taking an early result in lose their opening match towards Oman on 5 September in Guwahati.
Ranked 62nd on this planet, Qatar will begin Tuesday’s Group E match towards 103-ranked India as overwhelming favourites. They’ll look to say their second consecutive win after crushing Afghanistan 6-Zero of their opening match on 5 September.
The World Cup hosts have improved by leaps and bounds in the previous couple of years. They received the Asian Cup within the UAE earlier this yr and so they gave good competitors to the highest South American sides within the current Copa America the place they took half on invitation.
India have additionally proven enchancment in current instances as was seen in the course of the Asian Cup in January the place they gave scares to the likes of the UAE and Bahrain and missed qualifying for the knock-out spherical by a whisker.
Traditionally, Qatar have been the dominant aspect, having received three out of 4 official matches performed towards India. One match resulted in a draw.
The final time the 2 sides performed an official match was in September 2007 within the World Cup qualifiers the place Qatar had thrashed India 6-0.
India defeated Qatar 2-1 in Doha in 2011 in a pleasant however that match was not thought of an official recreation as India made extra substitutions than the principles allowed.
With inputs from PTI