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India vs Afghanistan, Highlights, FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Seiminlen Doungel's late equaliser saves India's blushes

Follow all the LIVE updates as India take on Afghanistan in their fourth match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying campaign in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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India vs Afghanistan, Highlights, FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Seiminlen Doungel's late equaliser saves India's blushes

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Nov 14, 2019 - 21:47 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

India have struggled over the course of the campaign to score goals, and that was evident tonight, with Seiminlen Doungel's late equaliser being the only one of their shots that legitimately tested the Afghanistan keeper. This draw has made an already difficult task nigh impossible, and any hopes of qualification are slim. Join us again in the next international break, because we'll be right here, giving you the latest updates. Until then, adios. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:35 (IST)

Seiminlen Doungel speaks after the match:

For me, it's my first goal for India, so I'm very happy personally. It was a difficult game for us, the weather and the pitch and everything, but we played as well as we could.

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:31 (IST)

FT AFG 1 - 1 IND

Well, that's it for India's qualification hopes then. A late equaliser from Seiminlen Doungel softens the blow to a certain extent, but this should have been wrapped up with ease. India started in excellent fashion, but that attacking intent fizzled out rapidly. Afghanistan played to their strengths and were rewarded for it with a point. India remain fourth in the table, with Oman and Qatar starting to pull away at the top. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:23 (IST)

93' AFG 1 - 1 IND

In what is almost an exact recreation of the Bangladesh draw, India have drawn level with a late equaliser, this one coming from the head of Seiminlen Doungel! The winger rises highest on a corner to head in, but that really should have been defended by Afghanistan. There's no celebrations, as the players rush back to restart the match. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:22 (IST)

Seiminlen Doungel draws India level!

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Nov 14, 2019 - 21:21 (IST)

91' AFG 1 - 0 IND

As previously mentioned, there's five minutes of added time. Igor Stimac doesn't believe it, he says there should be six, but that's what you've got mate. Can India get that goal?

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:17 (IST)

88' AFG 1 - 0 IND

After some intezaar, Intezar comes on to replace the injured David Najem. There's bound to be a fair bit of added time, with Afghanistan players play-acting all across the field whenever they go down. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:13 (IST)

83' AFG 1 - 0 IND

Manvir heads just wide! The Indian attacker rises highest, head and shoulders above a throng of Afghanistan defenders, but his header is weak and on the wrong side of the goalpost. India have really struggled to conver their chances, with a spate of good opportunities being spurned. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 21:06 (IST)

76' AFG 1 - 0 IND

Udanta makes an excellent turn, and is bowled over by Hassan Amin in a dangerous spot. Brandon delivers a swerving ball, but it's headed out with ease. It's been a frustrating day for India. Seiminlen Doungel replaces Pritam Kotal, and it'll be interesting to see what the young FC Goa attacker can deliver with 13 minutes of play left. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 20:56 (IST)

66' AFG 1 - 0 IND

Norlla Amiri almost scores moments after coming on, picking up the ball around 20 yards away from goal and sending a thunderous shot Gurpreet's way. It dips and hits the top of the crossbar before going out, and Gurpreet can breathe a sigh of relief. Udanta almost scores on the other end of the pitch from a Udanta header, but goalkeeper Azizi parries it out. The corner is delivered into a dangerous area, and it finds Sunil Chhetri unmarked at the far post, but the Indian skipper heads over from close range.

Preview: Struggling to find consistency in a winless campaign so far, the Indian football team needs nothing less than a win in its crunch World Cup qualifying round match against Afghanistan to be played in freezing temperatures on Thursday.

India began the second round of the qualifiers with a narrow 1-2 defeat to higher-ranked Oman before a memorable goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar in Doha in September.

The good show in the first two matches raised hopes of a possible third-round berth but a 1-1 draw against eastern neighbours Bangladesh in Kolkata on 15 October came as a dampener.

Had it not been for Adil Khan's last-gasp header (88th minute), Igor Stimac's side would have utterly disappointed the capacity crowd at the Salt Lake Stadium that day.

The team is now at fourth place in the Group E table with two points from three matches. With the runner-up in the five-team group not even assured of a third-round slot, India cannot afford to lose against Afghanistan.

The Afghans, who are 149th in FIFA rankings against India 106th position, are placed third in the group with one win and two losses.

Stimac understands the situation his team is in, that it cannot afford to slip at any cost.

"It will not come to us, rather we need to go and snatch it. It's always about us and our performance to achieve something," the Croatian said.

The war-ravaged Afghanistan chose Dushanbe as their home venue and the match will be played on artificial turf amid freezing temperatures. This has added to the woes of Stimac whose players are not used to these playing conditions.

"It's very cold and mercury level drops to closer to sub-zero. Moreover, the match is scheduled on an artificial turf which our players are not used to. Afghanistan have chosen the venue to make others' life difficult and we have an uphill task in front of us to overcome it," Stimac said.

The talismanic Sunil Chhetri said the players will have to convert the chances they get, something that they couldn't do against Bangladesh.

"We are creating chances. But that's not enough. We have to try our best to convert them and try to be a tougher unit while defending," Chhetri said.

India also suffered a jolt after central defender Anas Edathodika had to return home from Dubai, where the team had a stopover on way to Dushanbe, due to the death of his mother.

Anas was a long-time partner of the imposing Sandesh Jhingan, who is currently recovering from an injury.

The team is also without key mid-fielder Rowlin Borges, who is also nursing an injury.

Historically, India enjoy a good record against Afghanistan. The two teams have faced each other eight times out of which India have emerged victorious on six occasions. They have drawn once and lost on one occasion.

But the last time the two sides played against each other, Afghanistan had won 2-0 in the 2013 SAFF Championship final.

Afghanistan will come into this match after beating Bangladesh 1-0. They had lost heavily to Oman (0-3) and Qatar (0-6) in their earlier matches.

Their most capped player Haroon Amiri is a known face for the Indian players as he has played in the country for a long time, starting 2011. He played in the inaugural Indian Super League in 2014 for FC Goa and has joined I-League side Gokulam Kerala FC for this season.

Amiri has 48 international appearances to his credit.

Captain Farshad Noor graduated from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven's youth system though he never played for the senior team in the two seasons he was there from 2013.

Noor is currently plying his trade with Cypriot's first division club Nea Salamis. The 25-year-old midfielder has scored Afghanistan's only goal in the World Cup qualifiers so far, against Bangladesh.

With inputs from PTI.

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