The country where the next FIFA World Cup is to be held, the same team defeated India

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couplet: Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu again put up a fine game as India, playing with 10 players after the 18th minute, escaped a massive defeat against Asian champions Qatar in a World Cup football qualifying match here but 0- With the defeat of 1 he failed to distribute the points.

Qatar dominated from start to finish in the match played on the night of 3 June. For him, Abdel Aziz scored in the 33rd minute which proved to be decisive in the end. In September 2019, the first leg match between these two teams ended on a goalless draw. In that match too, Sandhu showed a great game.

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India had to play with 10 players from the 18th minute itself. Rahul Bheke had to leave the field after getting the second yellow card for putting his hand on the ball outside the box. Earlier, he got the yellow card in the 9th minute. India is already out of the race for a place in the World Cup but is in the race for a place in the Asia Cup 2023.

Igor Stimak’s Indian team now has 2 matches to play in this combined qualifier. They will face Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15. Qatar, running at the top of the group, have not lost any match so far. He kept possession of the ball from the start. Sandhu’s excellent performance saved India from a big defeat. He made at least 9 defenses in this Group E match.

Qatar had hit 29 shots in the Indian goal, while the Indian team could not do so even once. India had made 2 good attempts in the counter-attack but Manveer Singh failed to capitalize on them. Udanta Singh was fielded in the second half in place of Sunil Chhetri, who returned after recovering from Kovid-19.

India has not won a single match so far and remains in fourth place with 3 points from 6 matches. They are 2 points behind third-placed team Afghanistan. Afghanistan had earlier held Bangladesh in a 1-1 draw in another match.

Felix Sanchez-led Qatar put India under pressure from the first minute but Abdelkarim Hasan’s shot went outside the box. Hassan then got a chance in the fourth minute as well but Sandhu foiled his attempt. Qatar continued the attack and despite a player being out, India denied him a goal due to a brilliant effort by Sandhu.

Glenn Martins, Vipin Singh and Suresh Singh Wangjam also played well in the middle row. India had the first chance in the 29th minute but Manveer could not take advantage of it. Qatar took the lead in the 33rd minute. Abdel Aziz Hatim got a pass from Mohammad Muntari but his first shot hit him back to him and this time the player did not make any mistake in scoring.

India retaliated in the 42nd minute. Chhetri caught Bassam Alrawi and handed the ball to Manveer but his shot was stopped by a Qatar defender. Sandhu then disappointed Qatar. He defended a close shot from Abdelkarim Hasan in the 47th minute and Muntari in the 53rd minute.

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