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India vs Oman, Match Highlights: Manvir Singh's equaliser sees India grind out draw under immense pressure

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India vs Oman, Match Highlights: Manvir Singh's equaliser sees India grind out draw under immense pressure

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Mar 25, 2021 - 21:14 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

What looked like it was shaping up to be a chastening defeat actually turned in to a pretty memorable draw thanks to a second-half headed goal from Manvir Singh. Tune back in on 29 March as we bring you all the latest updates from India's second international friendly, a match against the United Arab Emirates! Until then, goodbye and goodnight!

Mar 25, 2021 - 21:11 (IST)

FT | India 1 - 1 Oman

FULL TIME! INDIA AND OMAN SHARE THE SPOILS! 

India began the game very tentatively and were lucky to be just a goal behind at the break. Post the restart, the Blue Tigers were a lot more adventurous and constantly attacked down both flanks. Just before the hour mark, they were rewarded when Manvir Singh got on the end of Bipin Singh's cross and restored parity. After drawing level, India defended a lot better, with Chinglensana Singh pulling off a couple of incredible blocks and interceptions. The substitutes, including Apuia also adjusted to the tempo well and ensured that the Blue Tigers came away from the game with a draw, despite being the second-best outfit for large swathes of the encounter.

Additionally, the result might have massive significance for Igor Stimac as he looks to ingrain his philosophy on the side. While there were a couple of shaky moments, he would largely be impressed by the way his side fought back and played braver football in the second half. Furthermore, considering that India were playing international football after 15 months, one feels Stimac might not be too displeased with the outcome

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 21:07 (IST)

90+2' | India 1 - 1 Oman

Oman launch a long throw into the box. However, India deal with it relatively well. Oman fashion themselves a crossing opportunity on the left flank but the Indian defenders are adept enough to head the ball away to safety!

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 21:05 (IST)

90' | India 1 - 1 Oman

Oman launch the corner deep into Indian territory. Al Aghbari gets on the end of it but in the process of controlling it, handles the ball, meaning that India have a bit of respite as the clock ticks down

 A minimum of two minutes to be added on!

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 21:04 (IST)

89' | India 1 - 1 Oman

India squander possession inside their own half and that is a massive mistake, considering most of the players are tiring. Oman try to prize open the Indian defence but encounter a huge block of Indian players as they only manage to get a corner for their efforts

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 21:02 (IST)

87' | India 1 - 1 Oman

Ashutosh barges into an Oman player on the right flank and gives away an unnecessary free-kick. Oman crowd the Indian penalty box but fail to reap the rewards as the delivery is straight into the midriff of the Indian keeper. No damage done!

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:59 (IST)

85' | India 1 - 1 Oman

India give the ball away inside their own half. How many times have we said that today, eh? Oman, courtesy Al Kaabi make the most of it and fashion a crossing opportunity. The initial cross comes to nothing but Oman recycle the ball and feed their striker in the inside right channel. The forward sets himself up and then lashes a shot well over the bar

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:57 (IST)

83' | India 1 - 1 Oman 

Manvir collects the ball on the right flank and looks to pick out Yasir as the latter makes a late run towards the box. However, the ball is a little loose and Oman regain possession

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:56 (IST)

80' | India 1 - 1 Oman 

Oman foray down the right flank again and fire a low cross towards the front post, where Chinglensana intercepts and sets in motion a counter attack. The move stagnates a little and in the end, comes to nothing as Oman get a throw in, deep inside their own half

- Shashwat Kumar

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:54 (IST)

78' | India 1 - 1 Oman 

Latest change for India! Lallianzuala Chhangte comes on! He replaces Akash Mishra

- Shashwat Kumar

Plenty of new faces in the Indian football team as the side prepares to face a tough test against Oman in a friendly at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.

Head coach Igor Stimac's team has an average age of just over 24 with many youngsters making their way to the national team after impressive performance in the Indian Super League. The team, however, will be missing their captain Sunil Chhetri as he's recovering from COVID-19 .

Stimac said he has told the players to express themselves and play free and fearless football.

"We wanted to give them the experience of playing stronger teams, that will give them more confidence and fearlessness in future. I have told them there should not be any pressure on them," Stimac said ahead of the match.

"We are not obsessed with results."

Talking about Oman, Stimac said, "I have seen their match against Jordan. They are a really physical side, well organised and really patient. We also have worked hard and we expect a good game tomorrow."

Oman are coming into Thursday's match after playing out a goalless draw with Jordan on Saturday.

After Thursday's match, India will play UAE in their second friendly, which is scheduled on Monday, 29 March.

Indian squad:

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Dheeraj Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Akash Mishra, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Adil Khan, Mandar Rao Dessai, Mashoor Shereef, Rowllin Borges, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Bipin Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Suresh Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Manvir Singh, Ishan Pandita, Hitesh Sharma, Liston Colaco.

With inputs from PTI

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