India settles for a tough Draw against Bangladesh



Bangladesh surprises India after they opened the scoring in 42
nd minute to take the lead 1-0 through Bangladesh's striker Saad Udin and goal was struck due to poor play by Indian players in the D where India's wall Gurpreet Singh Sandhu missed the punch for pushing the ball away and this awarded Udin an open header and his first international goal for Bangladesh.
After this, game remained 1-0 till the 87th minute until India equaled the score-line to 1-1 but it was late as after 5 minutes of extra time, India made few runs through the right and center flank but the time was over and India had to digest a hard draw.
 
Indian team and it’s fans surely had feel the absence of India's senior defensive player Sandesh Jingah, who was not fit to play today and due to this, Adil Khan took the responsibility of leading India's defensive unit and he did well by saving many shots on goal, including a goal line clearance which was a chip shot by Bangladeshi player and was almost a goal but Khan saved India from giving away another goal (possibly 2-0) and he also scored India's first and last goal of the match through a header but even after all this an extra experienced defensive player was necessary for the home team.
 
From Bangladesh perspective then it was amazing match for them because they were not the most favored team to win this contest and after scoring their first goal through counter attack, Bangladesh cleared their intentions that they are not going to play this match as a underdog team and keeping in mind Bangladesh also gave away a goal later but still their tough defense made India work for a draw and after this Bangladesh got their first points in Group – E and after two defeats against Afghanistan and Qatar, Bangladesh finally gets something to cheer about.
 
Skipper Sunil Chettri was seen unsatisfied after the game ended, when rest of the Indian players were celebrating with the fans and at that time he went to stands leaving other Indian players, even though India scored a late goal which equaled the score to 1-1 and India managed one point instead of zero which was good but here, the question comes why the captain was unhappy?
 
Now answer to that is that its more then the chances he or his teammates missed because after this draw India have narrowed their chances of qualifying for the FIFA world cup and before today’s match India was already pushed to fourth from third position by Afghanistan who won their match five day earlier on 10th October and securing one point more than India and after today’s match India are on fourth with 3 points and Afghanistan are one place higher than India at third place.
And as we know that only the first two teams from every group qualify for Round 3 in world cup qualifying and currently the first two team in Group -E are Qatar and Oman with 10 and 6 points respectively and India is way back at fourth place with just 2 points and India at least need to win three matches from their remaining five matches in group stages if they want to have any chance of progressing to Round 3.
 
India under coach Igor Stimac have still not managed a win at home and the Croatian will have to wait for his first home turf win.
Final Score- India 1-1 Bangladesh.
Next match of Indian National Football team is against Afghanistan 29 days later and until then good-bye.

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