Indian Football Team: India lose 0-1 to Oman, for all intents and purposes out of conflict for FIFA World Cup compartment
Updated: Nov 19, 2019
MUSCAT: The Indian football Team was on Tuesday for all intents and knocked out of the 2022 World Cup qualifying round after losing 0-1 to Oman. Mohsin Al Ghassani scored the all-important goal in the 33rd minute at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Stadium as Oman beat India for the second time in the campaign.
Oman had defeated India 2-1 in the first leg in September in Guwahati. With only three-point from five matches, India still stays at fourth spot in the Group E table, headed by Asian champions Qatar who have 13 from five matches. Oman is at the second spot with 12 points.
With a nine-point gap with the second place (Oman) in the group table, India is practically out of retribution for a third-round billet. They have just three additional matches – maximum nine points – left to play in this second round of the qualifiers.
Indeed, even the other participant’s group isn’t ensured an automatic spot for the third round of the qualifiers. The Indian team is, however, still in the chase for a third-round compartment for the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
This campaign is also a joint qualifying round for the 2023 Asian Cup and the third-place team and the best four fourth-place team from the eight groups naturally get a spot in the third round of the qualifiers of the continental championships.
Earlier, head coach Igor Stimac made three changes to his side that attracted Afghanistan 1-1 Dushanbe on November 14 with Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary, and Nishu Kumar coming in for Pritam Kotal, Mandar Rao Desai and Sahal Abdul Samad.
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India was, however, lucky not to have conceded a goal in the seventh minute when Mohsin Al Ghassani shot over the bar from the penalty spot. Ghassani himself earned the spot-kick after an ungainly challenge inside the Indian box by Rahul Bheke who was beaten on pace by Omani striker.
Ghassani later made amends mistake as he fired home in the 33rd minutes past Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu after an excellent defense-splitting through pass by Mohsin Johar Al Khaldi.
Oman had a greater amount of the ball possession in the first half however they had few clear chances. Ahmed Al Kaabi got a free header in the 27th moment but sent the ball over the bar from a corner kick.
India had few raids at the opposition goal but couldn’t represent any danger to the Omani goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. India made three substitutions in the first half with Vinit Rai coming in for Pranoy Halder who was booked in the 26th minutes while an injury to central defender Adil Khan-led Anas Edathodika taking his spot.
India played better in the second half with a great deal of ball possession and attack at the opposition fortress however a reasonable possibility evaded them. Oman nearly doubled their lead in the 64th minute however Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet plunged full length to his left side to block an Al Khaldi free-kick.