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India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Highlights: India fight to earn point, World Cup dream suffers setback

India vs Afghanistan (IND vs AFG), FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Highlights: The draw keeps India in with a mathematical chance of making it into the top two positions in Group E, but is another significant setback to the country's World Cup dreams.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 15, 2019 4:18:25 am
Afghanistan struck at the stroke of the half time whistle to go into the interval with a 1-0 lead. India equalized in the added time after 90 minutes. (Source: Twitter/IndianFootball)

India vs Afghanistan (IND vs AFG), FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers 2019 Highlights: India left it late against Afghanistan to earn a 1-1 draw courtesy a headed goal in added time by Seiminlen Doungel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Thursday. Despite being in the ascendancy for most of the match – especially in the second half – India failed to find the goal till the 93rd minute, when Len connected with one of the numerous crosses floated into the box by Brandon Fernandes. Afghanistan had found the net in the added time of the first half.

The draw keeps India in with a mathematical chance of making it into the top two positions in Group E, but is another significant setback to the country’s World Cup dreams. 2nd placed Oman have a 6-point lead over India. Teams need to finish among the top two slots to have a chance of progressing to the next round. India face Oman in a World Cup qualifier next week.

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India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights:

21:23 (IST)14 Nov 2019
Full Time

That's it. The final whistle blows. It ends 1-1 in Dushanbe.

21:20 (IST)14 Nov 2019
India equalize

Substitute Len scores. brandon Fernandes the provider. AFG 1-1 IND

Two minutes left to complete a miraculous turnaround!

21:20 (IST)14 Nov 2019
Added time

Into added time now. Stimac is not happy with the fact that only 5 minutes are added on. No amount of nitpicking will help though. India's football ambitions have had a bit of an unravelling tonight in Tajikistan. After disappointing in Kolkata last month, India have failed to shine vs Afghanistan today.

21:17 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'89

Intezar comes on for AFG. The wait for Afghanistan is not long now though. 1 minute and added time all that is left for them to hold on.

21:14 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'86

Heavy touch from Manvir in the box lets him down again. Brandon unleashes another long ranger in the aftermath of that bungled move but that sails well over the bar.

21:12 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'84

Manvir heads just wide. For the umpteenth time in the match, the ball just rolls harmlessly past the Afghan goalpost. India have thrown the kitchen sink at their opposition today, but nothing has gone their way.

21:08 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'80

Afghanistan are frustrating India at the moment. The ball is passed back to the keeper. And then there is another India attack which comes to nithing. Len fails to produce any cross worthy of mention with blue shirts having flooded the box.

21:05 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'77

Gurpreet makes a diving save to his right. Len Doungel comes on in place of Pritam Kotal. This is ALL OUT attack from India. Brandon unleashes another long ranger but that flies over safely to the right of goal.

21:02 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'74

15 minutes are all India have to save their campaign from going up in smoke. All 10 Indian outfielders are in the opposition half at the moment, but there is still no goal. Chhetri loses the ball in trying to get a move going.

20:56 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'68

Chhetri misses an open goal. The goal was gaping! One touch, that was all that was needed. His header goes over the bar though. Nothing seems to be going India's way. After AFG threatened from setpieces all match, it is IND who get close to goal with a setpiece.

20:55 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'67

Udanta gets a header in this time. Not enough power behind that to trouble the keeper. But the attacks keep on coming.

20:54 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'66

Afghanistan get another shot that gets Indian hearts stopping. Strikes the top side of the bar and goes out. Afghanistan go close to going two goals up.

20:51 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'62

India are looking dangerous! The attacks are coming in waves. Still there's no breakthrough. Still, India's World Cup dream is slipping away. Kotal loses the ball to end a mini-period of pressure.

20:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'58

Chhetri forces a save! Cross comes in from Farukh, Chhetri is inches away from making contact. A touch could have seen it go in. Seconds later, another cross comes in. Chhetri heads. Keeper saves. What a great save that was. India are knocking on the door here!

One more attacking change - Manvir comes on for Sahal Samad.

20:44 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'57

India are crowding the Afghan half but to no avil at the moment. Afghanistan's half time team talk seems to have been on predictable lines - slow the game down.

20:41 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'52

Afghanistan keeper goes down. A tad early for time wasting tactics surely? Pronoy has a word with the referee. The physios are out and we have a long interruption.

20:38 (IST)14 Nov 2019
2nd half

The second half is underway. India need a goal. Or make that two. Time is running out on India's World Cup dream in Dushanbe. Farukh Choudhury comes on in place of Mandar Rao Desai as India go for the kill. That is a clear attacking move.

20:18 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'45

Brandon Fernandes goes for long shot. And that was not very far.
First half whistle blows. Afghanistan go in with a 1-0 lead. Stimac, who would have been preparing a very different team talk, has a task on his hand at half time. Can the Tigers roar back?

20:16 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'45

Afghanistan score. The score 1-0 at the stroke of half time. Zelfagar the scorer. Afghanistan finally make India pay. And what a time to concede. In injury time of the first half.

20:13 (IST)14 Nov 2019
'42

Afghanistan's centre back is allowed to make a free run right to the edge of the Indian box before Sahal is forced to make a challenge he was in no position to make. Another free kick. Another dangerous situation for India. But again, in the end, it is Gurpreet who collects. Gurpreet has been the busier keeper in this first half.

SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem.

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Narender, Adil Khan, Sarthak Golui, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai.

Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Seiminlen Doungel, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Brandon Fernandes, Ashique Kuruniyan.

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary.