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India vs Afghanistan Highlights: Blue Tigers bag a point, qualify for 3rd round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers

India vs Afghanistan Football Match, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights: India vs Afghanistan ended in 1-1 draw with both teams sharing the spoils.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 16, 2021 9:19:17 am
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India vs Afghanistan, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights: India vs Afghanistan ended in 1-1 draw with both teams sharing the spoils. Afghan goalkeeper Ovays Azizi conceded an own goal off an Ashique Kuruniyan cross to hand India the lead in the 75th minute before substitute Hossein Zamani drew level in the 82nd minute at the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium.

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However, what this result means is that India qualifies for the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers after finishing third in Group E. The point is enough to beat Afghanistan in fourth place. India got a bit lucky with their goal but perhaps deserved a point in the end.

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India vs Afghanistan Football Match Highlights:

21:31 (IST)15 Jun 2021
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21:26 (IST)15 Jun 2021

This result means that the Blue Tigers have their point and seal third place in Group E. They qualify for the third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers following tonight's draw with Afghanistan. 

21:19 (IST)15 Jun 2021
4 minutes of added time

Now, these 4 extra minutes are gonna feel like 40 minutes for Indian fans! 94' A yellow card for Zamani.

21:18 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Anger among fans!

"We can't even defeat Afghanistan and we talk about qualifying for the world cup. The truth is that our players are not so good also not so bad. Hire a good coach. Won do miracles but will at least win against teams like afg and ban 3-0. Sack praful patel." writes Zimam after India concede. Lot of anger among the Indian fans and they are venting out on social media. 

21:16 (IST)15 Jun 2021
82' | Goal

Afghanistan is back on level terms after a stunning strike by Zamani. The teenager whips the ball into the right corner. That is what you call a neat finish. India coach Stimac is shocked at the touchline. IND 1-1 AFG

21:14 (IST)15 Jun 2021
81' | Time for a change
21:05 (IST)15 Jun 2021

Ashique with the ball in and Azizi gifts India a goal! An innocuous looped ball which should have been a comfortable save but India won't care. What a huge mistake by the keeper there. Craziest own goal ever. India head coach Igor Stimac is the happiest man now in the world. India lead 1-0

21:01 (IST)15 Jun 2021
69' | Substitution

Liston Colaco is on for Sunil Chhetri! Chhetri did not seem pleased with the decision! the captain's armband is handed over to Sandesh. Will this move pay off Stimac. Seems like he wants more pace.

20:57 (IST)15 Jun 2021
68' | Free Kick!

Afghanistan gives away a free-kick, Haroon Amiri was beaten by the pace of Ashique and commits the foul. Amiri gets a yellow card. Chhetri will take the kick but shoots it just over the crossbar. 

20:54 (IST)15 Jun 2021
63' | Substitution

This will raise a lot of eyebrows!

20:53 (IST)15 Jun 2021
57' | Shot on target

Afghanistan manage to get a shot away from the edge of the area but the ball goes straight to Gurpreet. Almost an an hour gone in Doha

20:44 (IST)15 Jun 2021
53' | Good link-up play

India have started on the front foot in the second half. Suresh and Manvir are linking well on the right flank. However, one problem for Stimac persists that there are not enough bodies in the box on the attack. Maybe Anirudh Thapa is someone who can do that.

20:42 (IST)15 Jun 2021
48' | India on the charge

Positive start to the second half by the Blue Tigers. Ashique steals the ball in the middle of the field & embarks on a darting run. But the Bengaluru FC winger is blocked off by the Afghan defence. 

20:34 (IST)15 Jun 2021
Back From Break

Who will break the deadlock first?

20:19 (IST)15 Jun 2021

Although India's best chance came from Glan Martins' interception higher up the field, him dropping in the back-line to make it a back-four during the buildup has been crucial to the attack. REMEMBER- Under Igor Stimac, India have not lost a game after going into half-time with the scores level (1W, 2D). Advantage. 

20:17 (IST)15 Jun 2021
45' | Chance for India

A quick counter from India. Suresh couldn't pass the final ball for Manvir, steaming in but the Afghan goalkeeper clutches the ball first. A chance for India after long.

20:15 (IST)15 Jun 2021
41' | Afghans on target

Low and powerful shot from Amir Sharifi but it doesn't trouble Gurpreet who gets down early & collects.  


20:09 (IST)15 Jun 2021
35' | Yellow card for Sana

Sana bags a booking! Moments later, Rahul Bheke commits a silly foul and the freekick almost finds the net, but a solid defensive header from Sandesh Jhingan clears it.

20:04 (IST)15 Jun 2021
31' | Afghanistan attack

Brandon Fernandes' corner delivery leads to an Afghanistan attack, but enough blue shirts at the back. The visitors making things shaky for the Indian defence as they quickly came on a counter. But Ashique turns enough to avert the danger.

19:55 (IST)15 Jun 2021
22' | Chance

Another good ball from Brandon as India bags a corner. India using counter-attack to break through, exploiting spaces onto the wings, Shooting, and winning corners Indeed a good game so far. An excellent spell of play from the Blue Tigers.

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