Welcome to the highlights of the India vs Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier, live from Doha.
A disappointing night for India, from the word go. Qatar had large chunks of the possession from the start, as they putting in the ball in Gurpreet's direction.
They were dealt a severe blow when Rahul Bheke was sent off in the 17th minute. 16 minutes later, despite a improved defensive show, India went 1-0 down thanks to a low shot, close range goal from Abdel Aziz. It took that lead into half-time.
The start of the second half saw Igor Stimac ring in the changes, as even Sunil Chhetri was subbed for Udanta Singh. Gurpreet had a good second half, making some fine saves, but India could not get the equaliser and suffered another defeat.
India has two more chances, the first of which is on Monday against Bangladesh, at the same venue. Until then, its goodbye and stay safe!
The referee blows the final whistle and India goes 1-0 to Qatar in Doha.
3 minutes of added time.
88' CHANGE FOR QATAR: Homam Ahmed comes on for AbdelKarim.
85' CHANCE FOR QATAR! Alahraq fires a right-footed shot which comes off the woodwork.Qatar gets a corner, but is unable to create anything from it.
TWIN CHANGES FOR INDIA: Sahal Abdul Samad is on for Ashique Kuruniyan. Liston Colaco on for Suresh Singh.
81' AbdelKarim unleashes a cracking shot with his left foot, but the ball goes above Gurpreet and the goal.
UNDER 10 MINUTES LEFT FOR INDIA TO GET ON THE SCORESHEET!
78' BOOKING FOR QATAR! Almoez Ali shown a yellow card for a challenge on Suresh Singh.
75' Indian coach Igor Stimac has been warned by the referee for firing in verbal volleys in his direction.
73' CHANGE FOR INDIA: Akash Mishra is in for Bipin
71' A lot of ball possession for Qatar as India continues to struggle in creating any chances.
68' CHANGE FOR INDIA: Lalengmawia comes on for Glan Martins.
67' CHANGE FOR QATAR: Mundari is replaced by Alahraq.
64' Yet another fine left-foot save from Gurpreet. He has single-handedly ensured India stays in this game.
63' CHANCE FOR QATAR! Lovely play from Qatar once again, but a low shot is saved well by Gurpreet yet again.
61' FREE KICK for Qatar comes in from the right hand side, but nothing of note emerges from it.
30 MINUTES OF REGULATION TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK!
56' Not a lot of opportunities for both teams in the last few minutes. India will hope it can create something soon for the equaliser.
51' CHANCE! Muntari smashes a ball with his right foot, but Gurpreet puts in a very good save to push the ball away. Could so easily have been 2-0 for Qatar had it not been for that good piece of goalkeeping.
With Chhetri substituted, Sandesh Jhingan will lead in the second half.
46' ACTION STRAIGHT AWAY! Abdel Karim fires in a shot with his left foot, but Gurpreet manages to put in a fine save.
TIME FOR THE SECOND HALF!
After a disappointing opening 45 minutes, India needs a very strong second-half to get anything from this game.
Igor Stimac has immediately made a change as Udanta Singh comes on for Sunil Chhetri.
HALF-TIME: India 0 Qatar 1
45+1' CHANCE! Abdel Karim fires in a shot with his left foot, but Gurpreet puts out a foot to save it.
1 minute of added time.
43' Another opening goes abegging for India as Manvir is unable to control a ball and some good defensively play from the Qatarians, sees the opportunity not convert into something more substantial.
FIVE MINUTES OF REGULATION TIME LEFT!
37' Buoyed by that goal, Qatar is keeping ball possession even as India tries to create something, but it is lacking precision.
33' GOAL!!!! Abdel Aziz gives Qatar the lead. He fires in a shot with his left foot from close range which beat Gurpreet.
31' India may have lost Bheke, but that seems to have spurred the defense up as Jhingan does well to put the ball away, from a possible goal opportunity.
29' AGONISING FOR INDIA! Ashique Kuruniyan puts in a low shot with his left foot, but Boulam is there to prevent Manvir from converting that into a goal.
27' Bassam takes a shot from a far distance, but the ball is well above the goalkeeper.
25' CORNER FOR QATAR! Abdel Haziz swings the ball in, AbdelKarim gets a head on it , but the ball is wide. A good chance scuffed.
23' India has had very little periods of possession, but it has largely been Qatar, who has had much of the ball.
17' RAHUL BHEKE HAS BEEN A SHOWN A RED CARD FOR HANDBALL!. Captain Al Haydos looks to put in a cross from the left, the ball hits Bheke on his right hand and the referee shows the red card. WOW!
Ball possession: India 27 per cent: Qatar 73 per cent
13' Yusuf puts in a pass to Abdel Haziz, who fires in a shot with his right foot, which flies over the goal.
10' FREE KICK for Qatar. Abdel Haziz swings in a ball, but it does seem like the ball clipped Jhingan's hands, but the ball is eventually cleared away.
BOOKING! Rahul Bheke is booked for a challenge on captain Al Haydos
8' Qatar posing a lot of questions in the Indian half, but unable to create the chance that could give them the lead. They have definitely begun better than India.
4' A bit of luck for India? Abdelkarim is brought down by Jhingan in the box, but the referee seems fine with it.
3' A low shot comes in from the left foot of Abdel Haziz Hatim, but there is no venom in it and it lands straight in the hands of Gurpreet.
2' Qatar has enjoyed the bulk of the possession in the early stages of this match. An ambitious ball comes in Gurpreet's direction, who tosses it outside the playing field.
HERE WE GO! It will be India to start proceedings.
Both teams walk out to the middle for the national anthems. India in its blue kit, Qatar in its white kit.
10 MINUTES FOR KICK-OFF!
JUST A REMINDER: India is almost out of contention for a top two finish in its group , but a third-place finish is still possible for them. It will help book them a direct berth in the third round for the 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers.
If India finishes fourth then it can progress into the Asian Cup qualifying third round if it ends amongst the four best fourth-placed teams across all groups. If it ends fifth in the table, it will have to play in the Asian Cup Qualifying play-off round.
Indian football legend and former striker I.M. Vijayan sounded optimistic about the team’s chances on Thursday: I.M. Vijayan on World Cup qualifier: This Indian team can beat Qatar
Here are the line-ups:
India: Gurpreet; Bheke, Pritam, Sandesh, Subhashish; Ashique, Glan, Suresh, Sunil (C); Bipin, Manvir
Qatar: Saad Al - Sheeb (GK), Musaab Khidir Mohammed, Bassam Hasham Alrawi ,Boulam Khoukhi, Abdulkarim Hassan; Karim Boudiaf, Abdulaziz Hatem, Youssef Abdurisag; Mohammed Muntari, Almoez Ali, Hassan Al Haydos (C).
Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Indian coach Igor Stimac said he expected a tough game for his men on Wednesday: Stimac says it will be an ‘extremely difficult game’ against Qatar
India is placed fourth in Group E with 3 points in five games while Qatar is on top of the group, with 16 points in six games.
The Blue Tigers does need to play very well to secure its first-ever win in this group. Here is the preview: Daunting task ahead for India against Qatar
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Anirudh Thapa, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Apuia, Abdul Sahal, Yasir Md, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique K.
Forwards: Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita.
Goalkeepers: Saad Al-Sheeb, Meshaal Barsham, Mahmoud Abunada, Salah Zakaria.
Defenders: Musab Khoder, Pedro Miguel, Tarek Salman, Bassam Al-Rawi, Ahmed Suhail, Boualem Khoukhi, Homam Ahmed, Sultan Al-Brake, Abdelkarim Hassan,
Midfielders: Salem Al-Hajri, Assim Madibo, Karim Boudiaf, Khalid Muneer, Abdulaziz Hatem, Youssef Abdel Razaq, Mohammed Waad, Hassan Al-Haydo, Abdullah Abdulsalam,
Forwards: Mohammed Muntari, Almoez Ali, Akram Afif, Ismaeel Mohammad, Ahmed Alaaeldin.