India eye win towards Bangladesh to keep away from qualifying play-off spherical for Asian Cup-Sports activities Information , Joyful Easterday
India are on the fourth spot in Group E and will not be but assured an computerized berth within the third spherical of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
A winless India desperately want a optimistic consequence towards neighbours Bangladesh of their joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers match in Dubai on Monday, in the event that they wish to keep away from the ignominy of enjoying within the qualifying play-off spherical of the continental showpiece.
India are already out of rivalry for a World Cup berth however nonetheless within the reckoning for a spot within the 2023 Asian Cup.
However with simply three factors from six matches, India are on the fourth spot in Group E and will not be but assured an computerized berth within the third spherical of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
Solely the most effective 4 fourth-place finishers in every of the eight teams instantly qualify for the third spherical of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
The opposite 4 fourth-place finishers and all the underside place finishers of the eight teams will play in a play-off spherical from which eight will re-enter the qualifying course of once more.
Among the many fourth-place finishers, six groups have extra factors than India presently. That will imply that Igor Stimac’s males must beat Bangladesh to have any probability of an computerized berth within the third qualifying spherical of the Asian Cup.
A win on Monday may also be India’s first in six years within the World Cup qualifiers. The final win for India had are available in November 2015 in a 1-0 consequence towards Guam in a 2018 World Cup qualifying spherical match in Bangalore.
Stimac’s males wouldn’t have been too disillusioned with the 0-1 defeat to Asian champions Qatar on Thursday as they performed with 10 males from the 18th minute onwards.
The present towards Qatar will need to have regained among the misplaced confidence after their 0-6 drubbing towards UAE in a world pleasant in March.
Traditionally additionally, One hundred and fifth-ranked India have the sting over Bangladesh (184th). India had crushed Bangladesh twice within the World Cup qualifying spherical, although the wins had been registered method again in 1985 (2-1 end in each double-legged matches).
“We nonetheless haven’t opened our account in Doha. We have to focus (towards Bangladesh) after which the subsequent one (towards Afghanistan),” stated senior defender Sandesh Jhingan, who took the captain’s armband within the second half of the Qatar match from Sunil Chhetri, who performed solely the primary 45 minutes.
However India can’t be complacent as Bangladesh will be robust opponents as they’d proven within the first leg of this qualifiers in 2019 in Kolkata the place they’d taken an early lead. An 88th minute header from defender Adil Khan helped India to attract that match in entrance of an enormous crowd on the Salt Lake Stadium.
On the backside of the group with two factors, Bangladesh are coming into Monday’s match after a 1-1 draw towards Afghanistan and they might even be desperately on the lookout for a win.
Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan, who had performed for Mohammedan Sporting within the I-League, stated the tie could be an intense affair.
“Final time in Kolkata, we had been disillusioned to not get three factors as India scored very late within the recreation. We’ve that starvation in us, and we all know we are able to do some harm,” he stated.
Monday’s match towards Bangladesh would even be essential for Stimac as he would additionally wish to open his account on this World Cup qualifiers.
The previous Croatian World Cupper has this match towards Bangladesh and the one towards Afghanistan on June 15 to make a mark in an in any other case disappointing marketing campaign up to now.
India (From): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose, Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Lalengmawia Ralte, Abdul Sahal, Yasir Mohammad, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.
Match Begins: 7:30pm IST.
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