The previous encounter between both sides ended in a 1-1 draw.
|Bangladesh Football Team||0-2||Indian Football Team|
|Chhetri 79′, 90+2′|
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FULL-TIME! India wins the contest against Bangladesh after a brilliant brace from their skipper Sunil Chhetri. It was a big win for the Blue Tigers who were made to work hard by Bangladesh for the three points. Stimac is a relieved figure who needs to keep the players motivated for the next match against Afghanistan. India did dominate the game against their neighbours, had more shots too but work needs to be done in terms of finishing. India go above Afghanistan in the group standings after recording their first victory of the qualifiers.
90+2′ GOALLLLL! ITS CHHETRI AGAIN!! Suresh works well to put a cross inside the box from the right-flank which is collected by Chhetri who shows immaculate composure to curl the ball in the top-left corner.
90+1′ SUBSTITUTION Stimac brings on Pronay and Adil in place of Chinglensana and Brandon.
89′ India seeing more of the ball as they look to stay composed in the last few minutes. There is four minutes added time that will be played after the 90 minute mark. Kuruniyan strides into the box but his shot is saved by the keeper.
86′ Yasir attempts a long-ranger but the ball goes out for a corner after taking a deflection. The corner is safely collected by the keeper as Brandon delivers the ball too closely to the custodian. India wants to kill the game with the second goal.
83′ India have seven minutes plus added time to protect this lead. Bangladesh is pressing high now, trying to make India commit unforced errors. Can the Blue Tigers hold on here for the first victory of their WCQ campaign?
79′ GOALLLLLLL! SUNIL CHHETRI GIVES INDIA THE LEAD! The incredible skipper calmly guides his header inside the net after latching on to a great curling cross from Kuruniyan. Meanwhile, Bangladesh skipper gets a yellow for a bad tackle on Brandon.
77′ Bangladesh threaten with two consecutive corners but the Indians somehow deal with them. Is there a goal in this game? Both sides are cancelling each other out but the tempo has picked up pace in last few minutes.
75′ YELLOW CARD! Kuruniyan is shown a yellow-card for a bad foul on Tariq.
73′ CLOSE! India come close with another corner. Subhashish gets on the end of Brandon’s cross but the ball goes narrowly wide from left side of the bar. Bangladesh bring on Suman Reza and Mehedi Hasan from the bench.
70′ A clash between Martins and Rakib sees the former go down with a blow to the head. Nothing serious as he jogs on and gets on with the game. The atmosphere inside the stadium is electric. Brandon in meanwhile shoots from distance but it goes wayward. Stimac looks unhappy with the decision-making of his players. Only 20 minutes plus added time left.
67′ Bangladesh now finding their feet. The outfit deliver a dangerous cross inside the Indian penalty area but the ball is cleared, although uncomfortably by the defenders.
63′ CHANCE MISSED!! Chhetri misses an easy free header as he directs it wide from close-range. Another set-piece from Brandon is wasted. India might look back at regret missing these opportunities.
60′ SUBSTITUTION: Manvir Singh makes way for Liston Colaco who takes his place on the right while Chhetri leads the attacking line. Biplo goes into the books as he gets a yellow for fouling Suresh.
56′ Kuruniyan delivers a quick cross from the left-flank and wins a corner. The subsequent corner is met by Jhingan but the ball hits the defender and is comfortably collected by the keeper Anisur Rahman.
54′ A strong shoulder push from Tariq on Kuruniyan and the referee lets him off with a warning. The game is approaching the hour-mark with still no goal.
50′ Yasir has taken place in the center of the field while Suresh is playing from the right-flank. Kuruniyan replaces Bipin on the left channel. India again dominate the possession of the ball as they look for the breakthrough.
46′ THE SECOND-HALF IS UNDERWAY! Bangladesh attack from the right to left.
8:30 pm: India make two changes, Bipin Singh and Udanta Singh are replaced for Ashique Kuruniyan and Mohd Yasir.
HALF-TIME ANALYSIS: India have clearly dominated the possession but Bangladesh have silenced their attackers. Igor Stimac needs to make a few changes or talk to the players in order to improve quality in the final third. Bangladesh on the other hand are playing on the counter and hoping one of the attacks will catch the Indians off-guard. It is level at the break. Chinglensana got closest to find a breakthrough with a powerful header but his attempt was cleared off the line.
44′ India with larger share of the possession but Bangladesh have defended as a unit. There is a lack of composure in the final third and Igor Stimac is clearly unhappy with the referees.
40′ CHANCE! Bangladesh find room on the left-flank but the shot is cleared by Jhingan. Gurpreet collects the ball from the following throw-in, and the following attack sees Brandon testing the keeper. Still goalless as half-time approaches.
35′ SUBSTITUTION: Bangladesh bring on Mohd. Ibrahim for Masuk Miah. Meanwhile Chinglensana Singh heads the ball towards the goal from a corner but the ball is cleared by the defender on the line. Indians are getting closer!
32′ India attempt to test the keeper with another corner but the ball is cleared amidst the calls for a handball by the Indians. The defenders are trying to penetrate the Bangladeshi backline but they have marked the wingers closely. Meanwhile, Rahmat Mia is shown a yellow card and India have another corner.
29′ Chhetri seemed to have been fouled inside the box by Tariq. However, the referee gives a handball against the Indian skipper. Igor Stimac is livid.
26′ Cross from Brandon is easily dealt with by the opposition defenders. Bangladesh try to attack on the counter but Suresh stops the move with a foul.
24′ Gurpreet Singh called into action as he collects a low cross from the right-flank. India continues to dominate possession but needs to be vary of Bangladesh on the counter.
20‘ Brilliant passing between Chhetri, Manvir and Udanta. But BFC player shoots wide from target from his weaker left-foot. Brandon showing his quality with passing accuracy and dominating the midfield.
18′ Suresh found himself with room inside the penalty area but the cross is too close to the keeper! Good intricate passing on the right-flank by the Indians.
15′ BIG CHANCE! Manvir Singh got on the end of a through ball from Brandon but his first touch takes him wide. The cross did not find a teammate and the moment goes begging.
11′ Bipin Singh delivers a good cross inside the opposition box but the ball is cleared by the defender. India now finding more rhythm in their gameplay. Subhashish down with a knock from a strong tackle. Seems to be alright and ready to continue.
9′ CHANCE! Bangladesh almost got an opportunity from a long throw through the left-flank. Chinglensana Singh clears the ball. Bangladesh on the front foot here.
7′ Both teams are trying to stitch passes together but are giving away possession cheaply. Jamal Bhuyan is looking sharp for Bangladesh. Meanwhile India gets the first corner taken by Fernandes. The ball is cleared after the Indians breached inside the danger box.
2′ YELLOW CARD! Rakib goes into the books after a rash tackle on Brandon Fernandes. Clumsy start from the attacker.
1’ KICK OFF! The action at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium is underway as the referee blows the whistle. India get the ball rolling attacking from right to left.
7:25 pm: Time for pre-match rituals and then the action will be underway. Bangladesh are wearing red colored tops and shorts. India are wearing their away kit, which is all-white. Who will come out on top tonight?
7:20 pm: India has a lot of options on the bench. The substitutes will be raring to go and make a mark for the national team. Players like Sahal, Chhangte, Liston, etc., could be used strategically later in the game. The tactician must use his options well and keep the next game against Afghanistan in consideration.
7:15 pm: 15 MINUTES TO KICK-OFF!! Igor Stimac is under pressure and must look to deliver a win this evening. India have not won in their last 13 matches which is their longest winless streak this century. The Croatian expressed delight at the prospect of being the favourites to win this match. Surely, India must come away with all three points this time around.
7:10 pm: Bangladesh drew their last game against Afghanistan by a 1-1 scoreline while India lost their encounter to reigning Asian Champions Qatar by a solitary goal. Both outfits will look to bounce back from disappointing results.
7:05 pm: India is placed second from bottom in Group E with three points. They are two points behind Afghanistan and only a point ahead of bottom-placed Bangladesh. This is a must-win game for the Blue Tigers if they are aiming to finish in third place.
7:00 pm: Only 30 minutes left to kick-off! The Jassim bin Hamad Stadium will be the stage yet again in Doha. The Indian national team are set to play their next game against Afghanistan at the same venue. Will Igor Stimac’s men deliver a better performance at this ground than last time against Qatar?
6:55 pm: Bangladesh drew their last game against Afghanistan by a 1-1 scoreline while India lost their encounter to reigning Asian Champions Qatar by a solitary goal. Both outfits will look to bounce back from disappointing results. Meanwhile, here is how India is lining up:
6:50 pm: The lineup suggests India will field a 3-5-2 formation with wing backs pushed forward. The intent is clear, Igor Stimac is looking for goals. Brandon Fernandes starts and will shoulder the responsibility of feeding the attackers. Chinglensana Singh also starts in defence. Gurpreet Singh retains his position after a strong display against Qatar. Udanta Singh also starts the game while Sunil Chhetri and Manvir Singh will be the strikers upfront.
6:45 pm: The last encounter between the outfits ended in a 1 – 1 draw. Both sides will look to record their first victory in Group E of the second-round of World Cup Qualifiers. The 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification is also at stake for the Blue Tigers.
6:40 pm: Here is Bangladesh’s lineup:
Bangladesh XI: Rahman (GK); Rahmat, Barman, Kazi, Manik, Bhuyan, Zoni, Biplo, Matin, Riyadul, Rakib.
Subs: Arafat, Rimon, Mehadi, Ibrahim, Mehedi, Mahmud, Sohag, Abdullah, Emon, Reza, Jewel, Alam
6:35 pm: TEAM NEWS IS IN:
India XI: Gurpreet Singh (GK); Subhashish Bose, Chinglensana Singh, Sandhesh Jhingan, Udanta Singh, Glan Martins, Suresh Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Sunil Chhetri, Bipin Singh, Manvir Singh
Subs: Akash, Adil, Sahal, Dheeraj, Pronay, Chhangte, Liston, Pandita, Yasir Mohd, Kotal, Kuriniyan, Amrinder
6:30 pm After a tough game against Qatar last Thursday, the Indian Football Team have two games remaining in their FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying campaign. Tonight’s match is Bangladesh vs India, and on June 15, the Blue Tigers will take on Afghanistan.
The Bangladesh vs India clash will be held at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha. Only one hour remains ahead of the kick-off!
While India lost 0-1 to Qatar, the game between Bangladesh and Afghanistan ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams are yet to register their first win in the tournament – with the Blue Tigers and their neighbours at fourth and fifth places respectively in Group E.
The defeat to Qatar was expected by everyone in India including Igor Stimac, who has made it clear that the best of his resources will go into the matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Blue Tigers have basically gone past the most difficult stage of their campaign and an easier set of matches welcome them now.
It is hence very important for them to win both the remaining matches, to finish their campaign at a respectable third place.
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