Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
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India vs Qatar: ‘Everyone played their hearts out’: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

India vs Qatar: ‘Everyone played their hearts out’: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

India captain Sunil Chhetri is extremely proud of the way the Blue Tigers fought valiantly against Qatar and held the Asian champions to a goal-less draw in the second match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 joint qualifiers Round 2 in Doha.

"Against Oman, India were dominating in the first half but let in two late goals". The hard-earned draw is less than what Asian heavyweights Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates managed against Qatar this year.

Qatar took a dozen of shots and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions but India's skipper Gurpreet saved nearly everything that came his way.

India came close to scoring in the 82nd minute, the only time they made deep inroads in the rival defense.

Igor Stimac's team, ranked 103rd in the world, have given a good account of themselves in their first two matches in Group E.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu helped India earn a point with his superb goalkeeping as they played against Qatar in the World Cup 2022 qualifying match.

Even though the hosts threw everything at India, the visitors - led by goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - stood tall against incessant waves of attack to play out a goalless draw against a team ranked 41 places above them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

"This result will help us to keep grow as a team and as a nation".

"It gives us that added motivation and confidence that in football, anything is possible".

Stimac additionally took a potshot at those that criticised his crew's health ranges after India misplaced 1-2 to Oman of their campaign-opener, with each Oman objectives coming within the ultimate eight minutes. "So we showed good fitness", Stimac said. Qatar mostly had to go for strikes from far off. "They had more corners, but we also had chances", he said.

The match will start from 10 PM IST and will be live on Star Sports 3 and Asianet Plus.

Towards the end, Qatar were incisive and created a number of chances but were unable to bury them. "I want to see a full house at the YBK Stadium for our match against Bangladesh", Stimac told IANS. "We deserve that and they need to come and support us", Stimac added. "Can not describe how proud I am at this moment", tweeted the 35-year-old.

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