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India vs Bangladesh, Highlights, FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Blue Tigers come away with one point after disappointing draw

Follow all the LIVE updates as India take on Bangladesh in their third match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying campaign in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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India vs Bangladesh, Highlights, FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier: Blue Tigers come away with one point after disappointing draw
  • India would be looking to register their first win in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they take on Bangladesh in a group E second round match.

  • In their previous match, India put in a gritty performance against Qatar, to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goalless draw.

  • Sunil Chhetri and Co had suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss against Oman in their first match.

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Oct 15, 2019 - 21:42 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

India's next couple of matches sees them travel to Afghanistan and Oman in November, and on the back of the result of tonight's match, they could really do with a win. We'll be right here, covering those matches, so feel free to tune back in next month. Until then, adios.

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:37 (IST)

India coach Igor Stimac speaks after the match:

We did as we promised. We gave everything we could. Everything was in our hands to be honest. We have a bright future, and we provided the fans with an exciting match. This is India's future, we're going to be offensive, we're going to attack.

We were slow at the back, and the first 45 minutes we were a bit slow. Congratulations to Bangladesh, but we gave away a silly goal. We cannot win matches if we give away goals like this. This was not our day.

We need to score more goals. I knew we would have some problems at the back, with Sandesh Jhingan missing. We need to improve on our defence, but most importantly, we need to work on our attacking movement. 

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:31 (IST)

FT IND 1 - 1 BAN

And it's all over. India got the crowd on their feet with a thrilling late equaliser through Adil Khan, but their defensive ineptitude in the first half essentially meant that it was too little, and definitely too late. Make no mistake, this was a poor performance from the Blue Tigers, and it has greatly hampered their qualification hopes. Bangladesh put in an immense shift against vastly more talented opponents, and this point will mean a lot more to them than it will to India.

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:26 (IST)

90' IND 1 - 1 BAN

Five minutes of added time! Five minutes that could make all the difference in India's World Cup qualifying campaign. Five minutes that will flash by in the blink of an eye for India, but will seem like an eternity for this Bangladesh side.

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:24 (IST)

88' IND 1 - 1 BAN

India have the equaliser and it is Adil Khan who has stepped up and delivered! The defender rises highest on a corner to thump home a header and bring India back on level terms. With a healthy chunk of added time expected, India suddenly look like they can nick a win! 

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:21 (IST)

Adil Khan scores the equaliser!

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Oct 15, 2019 - 21:15 (IST)

82' IND 0 - 1 BAN

It just isn't happening for India. They've tried everything, from speculative pot shots to deft passing moves, but this Bangladesh defence has withstood all of it, without ever truly looking to be in serious trouble. With only eight minutes left, India need someone, anyone, to come up with something special.

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:12 (IST)

Just 10 minutes of regular time left

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Oct 15, 2019 - 21:11 (IST)

76' IND 0 - 1 BAN

Lallianzuala Chhangte comes on in place of Anas, and it's quite clearly an attacking change. If nothing else, Chhangte has pace to burn, and that will definitely come in handy against this tired Bangladesh defence. 

Oct 15, 2019 - 21:08 (IST)

73' IND 0 - 1 BAN

Bangladesh are really taking the mickey out of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu today. The Indian keeper finds himself stranded on the edge of his penalty area, too far from the safety of his goal line, but also way too far from the Bangladeshi striker, who plops a cheeky chip over him. Luckily, Adil Khan is on hand to make a heroic clearance, and the score remains 1-0.

Preview: Buoyed by their gallant goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar, India would be looking to register their first win in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they take on Bangladesh in a group E second round match at the Saltlake Stadium, on Tuesday.

India put a gritty performance against an attacking Qatar, to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goalless draw and earn their first point of the qualifiers after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the opening match against Oman.

With the city set to host the senior national men's team after a gap of nine years, the euphoria around the match has been immense with a mad rush for tickets as the Saltlake Stadium is set to witness a packed house, giving the Igor Stimac-coached side a perfect stage to grab three points and keep their World Cup hopes alive.

The absence of defender, Sandesh Jhingan due to an ACL tear on his left knee is a big blow to the hosts. But the return of talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri after missing the last game will lift the team's spirit.

In his last appearance, Chhetri scored his 72nd international goal, the second most among active players, as India put up a dominating first-half display only to go down 1-2 after conceding late goals in their World Cup qualifier against Oman in Guwahati.

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu took the charge in Chhetri's absence and thwarted a barrage of attacks from Qatar, making 11 saves in a heroic display to snatch a point from the 2022 World Cup hosts.

While defence, tactical formation and discipline were the highlights of their match against Qatar, the focus against Bangladesh, who are ranked 83 places below India, would be on the strikers.

Chhetri will remain the go-to man in the attacking zone, but the onus will also be on the likes of Balwant Singh and Manvir Singh to make an impact, something former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has highlighted.

"It's only Sunil who's able to score. If he's not playing or does not score it becomes very, very difficult. We need to improve our forward lineup. In this Bangladesh game, it's going to be a big test for the strikers. It's not the defence but the forward line will have to deliver," Bhutia said.

Chhetri will also have the support of his Bengaluru FC teammates Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan, while Mandar Rao Desai and Sahal Abdul Samad will be key in creating chances.

As for the backline, Stimac will be forced to rejig his central-defence with Anas Edathodika likely to pair up with Adil Khan in front of Sandhu.

Jhingan's injury gives Anas with a perfect opportunity to prove himself again, especially after returning from retirement.

India failed to keep up the intensity in the final minutes because of fitness concerns against Oman but Stimac addressed the issue against Qatar. And it will be interesting to see how the Blue Tigers cope up with the challenge against Bangladesh, who have eight under-23 players in their squad.

Bangladesh head to the match after two consecutive defeats. They lost narrowly to Afghanistan and in their last match before going down 0-2 to Qatar. But the Jamie Day-coached side has put up a strong fight and created many chances in the two games.

The Englishman may have conceded that India are firm favourites but Bangladesh will certainly look to make an impact with their forward duo of Nabib Newaz Ziban and Saad Uddin.

On paper, India enjoy a commanding 15-2 head-to-head record in 28 meetings but Bangladesh have managed to stay unbeaten in their last two fixtures (1-1 in SAFF Championships, 2013 and 2-2 in an International friendly, 2014).

The match will begin at 7.30 PM. Star Sports network will broadcast the match in India.

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