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India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier: Sunil Chhetri and Co Finish Third After 1-1 Draw

India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier Football Match Score and Updates: The match finishes 1-1 which means India they confrim direct qualification for the next edition of the continental showpiece.

News18 Sports | June 15, 2021, 21:36 IST

India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier Football Match Score: It has been a very competitive second half of football with both the teams testing their opponent’s backline with continuous attacks. Afghanistan after being dominated in the first half have pulled their socks up and tested India’s resilience.

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Goal-machine Sunil Chhetri will look to add to his tally and enter the all-time top 10 scorers’ list as a buoyant India meet Afghanistan in the joint 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers here on Tuesday. While the Indian team needs just a draw from their final game against Afghanistan to secure a place in the third round of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers after Oman defeated Afghanistan 2-1 on Friday, a hat-trick for Chhetri will see him equal the iconic Pele in terms of numbers of goals scored in the international arena. Chhetri is also just one goal off entering the all-time top-10 list of goal-scorers, something he can easily achieve against Afghanistan, if not a hat-trick.

Jun 15, 2021 21:36 (IST)
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Jun 15, 2021 21:34 (IST)

Igor Stimac and the Indian think tank would be thanking their stars because they clearly lacked the final touch in the match and had Azizi not made that blunder India could have easily lost the match.

Jun 15, 2021 21:22 (IST)

India 1-1 Afghanistan

A favourable result for India as they finish third in the group and qualify for the third round of Asian Cup qualification.

Jun 15, 2021 21:22 (IST)

90+3' | Subhasish concedes a silly free-kick but it was easily dealt with by Gurpreet

Jun 15, 2021 21:21 (IST)

90' | Four minutes added

Jun 15, 2021 21:17 (IST)

Afghanistan Change

86' | Norlla Amiri replaces Omid Popalzay for Afghanistan on the field, while the injured Ashique Kuruniyan made way for Bipin Singh a few minutes earlier.

Jun 15, 2021 21:14 (IST)

Afghanitsan Equalise

82' | Back on level terms afghanistan, through their teenage sensation Zamani. What beautiful curling effort that was from the Ajax cadet

Jun 15, 2021 21:13 (IST)

Forced Change for India

81' | Ashique is stretchered off as Bipin comes on to replace him. The BFC winger gave his all in the previous attack which almost saw India take 2 goal lead.

Jun 15, 2021 21:10 (IST)

So Close!

78' | Almost a second for India as Suresh finds the net from an Ashique cross but the referee blows the whistle and signals a goal kick for Afghanistan, as the ball is adjudged to have gone out of play just before Ashique had crossed.

Jun 15, 2021 21:08 (IST)
Jun 15, 2021 21:02 (IST)

India Take the Lead

75' | A goalkeeping howler from Ovays Azizi sees India take the lead. A nothing ball was floated in from India's left hand side, the goalkeeper jumped, grabbed the ball but during landing he spilled it, it touched it boot and went inside.

Jun 15, 2021 20:57 (IST)

Second India Change

69' | Liston Colaco IN, Sunil Chhetri OUT

Jun 15, 2021 20:55 (IST)

68' | Haroon Amiri brings down Ashique near the box, India wins a free-kick. Sunil Chhetri steps up but is effort goes above the bar.

Jun 15, 2021 20:55 (IST)

66' | Omid continues to test the Indian defenders. A ball put forward for him, he uses his body to beat Subhasish and then shoots but he lost his balance while shpooting and the ball went above the bar.

Jun 15, 2021 20:52 (IST)

India Brings in Fresh Pair of Legs

63' | Igor Stimac makes his first change of the match. He decides to introduce Lalengmawia to replace Brandon Fernandes in the field.

Jun 15, 2021 20:50 (IST)

61' | Another delightful ball from Brandon, had Amiri not got the touch, the ball would have fell for Manvir who was running unmarked at the far post.

Jun 15, 2021 20:48 (IST)

57' | Gurpreet reacts well to a sharp volley from the Afghan midfield by Omid, catching the ball at the first attempt.

Jun 15, 2021 20:43 (IST)

54' | India earn a corner and Brandon plays in an inviting cross, hoping to find a late run from Glan. However, he is unable to make contact and the ball goes out of play.

Jun 15, 2021 20:38 (IST)

50' | Bright start to the second-half. Both teams have been vibrabt right from the word go with India going forward twice with Ashique but just like in the first-half, the final ball and finishing have been missing.

Jun 15, 2021 20:34 (IST)

46' | Action resumes in Doha! The scoreline suits team India but they would be wary of Afghanistan in the second 45 after they tested the Indian backlinein the later half of the first 45.

Jun 15, 2021 20:19 (IST)

Goalless at the break

Match tied at 0-0 at the break. There has been some end to end football in Doha with India creating more opportunities to go ahead but they have not had the luck in front of the goal yet. Afghanistan on the otherhand have grown into the game slowly and have tested India in the later part of the match.

Jun 15, 2021 20:12 (IST)

40' | After the water-break, Afghanistan have grown back into the game. They are winning the ball back much quicker, testing the Indian backline much often.

Jun 15, 2021 20:09 (IST)

37' | Another clumsy challenge, another free-kick conceded by India. This is time the culprit is Rahul Bheke

Jun 15, 2021 20:07 (IST)

Sana Singh Booked

34' | Sana Singh is booked for a lazy challenge and concedes a free-kick.
 

Jun 15, 2021 20:05 (IST)

32' | Afghanistan got their first proper attack on the 32nd minute. After defending the corner, they burst forward, it was 2v2 at one moment but Indian defenders came back in time to avert any goal threat.

Jun 15, 2021 20:02 (IST)

Forced Sub for Afghanistan

30' | Adam Ahmad Najem IN, Farshad Noor OUT
 

Jun 15, 2021 20:00 (IST)

27' | Afghanistan captain Farshad Noor is visibly struggling now, he is most likely be replaced

Jun 15, 2021 19:56 (IST)

24' | Ashique wins a stray ball on his flank, drives forward with the ball, enters the box and drills in a low cross but there were enough Afghani players to prevent it from reaching Sunil Chhetri.

Jun 15, 2021 19:54 (IST)

20' | We are 20 minutes down at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha. India have comparitivley created more menace in Afghanistan's box than the other way around. The Blue Tigers have controlled the pace of the match and Afghanistan have played catch-up. India superiour corner count as well.

Jun 15, 2021 19:50 (IST)

19' | Suresh concedes a foul in Afghanistan's half

India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier: Sunil Chhetri and Co Finish Third After 1-1 Draw
India vs Afghanistan, match tied at 0-0 (Image: Twitter)

A Chhetri-inspired India ended their winless run in international football when the captain struck a brace against Bangladesh in their previous outing. The talk since then mostly centred around the Indian striker surpassing the legendary Lionel Messi as international football’s second highest scorer among active players. A veteran in top-flight at 36, Chhetri played down the comparisons with the Argentine global superstar, but he will certainly look to put his best foot forward come the next match and add to his tally of 74 goals.

If the Blue Tigers can avoid defeat in the upcoming match, they will finish third in their group, an improvement over the fifth-place result during the last campaign. India are already out of contention to progress further in the World Cup qualifying campaign, and is now looking to secure a berth in 2023 Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in China.

India will enter the game as clear favourites despite Afghanistan’s ability to fight it out. Igor Stimac’s men will be high on confidence after thoroughly dominating Bangladesh, against whom they enjoyed nearly 75% possession while completing more than 600 passes. If they are to repeat that kind of impressive stats, India will need the duo of Chhetri and Manvir Singh to fire upfront, with Brandon Fernandes marshalling the midfield and keeping the supply chain flowing.

Stimac dismissed apprehensions that India may play out for a draw. “I need to say that I don’t know any coach or any team who would come out playing for a draw,” Stimac stated at the pre-match press conference.

“Even that might seem to be a situation when you are facing much better sides. Then, you need to drop and defend for your life and wait for one, two or three chances to counter-attack like against Qatar. “But, we are not going out to play for a draw. Rather, we will go out to win it. “That’s what we are aiming to do. We need to start doing it from the kick off. I know and am very confident that all our boys are ready and fit. They need to enjoy the game.” India are currently placed on six points after seven matches in comparison to Afghanistan’s five points from seven games.

India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu added: “I think it’s important for us to stay fresh. Afghanistan have good quality players who can manipulate the ball and convert if given the chance.” Stimac did mention that his players are confident after the victory against Bangladesh. “The result against Bangladesh makes us confident. We are very happy that with the three points against Bangladesh we secured getting out of the danger of playing in the play-offs. Afghanistan are a better side than Bangladesh, and it will not be easy,” Stimac said.

“Afghanistan are full of players with international experience, and most of the players are playing in foreign leagues.” With Stimac reposing immense faith in him, Brandon has established himself as one of the country’s top players playmakers. He has provided three assists out of the five goals India has scored in the qualifying campaign so far and he would be more than eager to continue in the same vein. Form and past record both favour India and anything less than a victory for the Blue Tigers will be seen as an upset. As far as Afghanistan are concerned, they will take heart from their spirited performance in their previous outing against India, who were held to a stalemate at home by their lower-ranked opponents in 2019. But the recent defeat against Oman means Afghanistan are not among the top fourth-placed teams in the World Cup qualifiers and a failure to win against India would send them to the playoffs just to get into the third round of Asian Cup qualifiers. Match starts at 7:30PM IST.

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