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India vs Bangladesh, FIFA WCQ Highlights: Chhetri guides India to a 2-0 victory

India vs Bangladesh, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights: Sunil Chhetri scored two vital goals in the second half to hand his team their first victory in 11 matches.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: June 8, 2021 8:39:59 am
India players prepare for a corner kick against Bangladesh. (File)

India vs Bangladesh, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights: Igor Stimac’s India registered their first win in their FIFA World Cup qualifying group by beating Bangladesh 2-0 in at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Monday.

Despite dominating the majority of the first half, India were unable to break down the gutsy Bangladesh defence. Chinglensana Singh came close to opening the scoreline in the 35th minute but his header was cleared off the line. In the second half, India upped the ante and finally found their reward through their captain Sunil Chhetri in the 79th minute, who scored off a glancing header.

The 36-year-old striker doubled his tally in the injury time with a deft finish with his right foot. With their first victory in 11 matches, the Blue Tigers now have six points from seven matches in Group E and kept their hopes alive of guaranteeing an automatic berth in the third round of the AFC 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.

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India vs Bangladesh, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Highlights:

21:22 (IST)07 Jun 2021
FT: India 2-0 Bangladesh

After 11 matches without a win, India finally manage to win an international match. Two goals for Chhetri and three vital points for Stimac's men as they keep their AFC Asian Cup hopes alive. India now have six points from seven matches in Group E!

21:19 (IST)07 Jun 2021

CHHETRI AGAIN! That's it, all over for Bangladesh. India find themselves pressing in the opposition half and Suresh makes a run through the right flank. He gathers the ball, cuts it back to his captain... Chhetri receives it and shoots on the turn. Good finish.

21:18 (IST)07 Jun 2021
90' Double change for India

Adil and Pronay come in to add some defensive stability. A like-for-like replacement as Brandon, Chinglensana are replaced.

21:17 (IST)07 Jun 2021
88' India still on the frontfoot

Despite being in the lead, India are still looking for a second here. Ashique and Chhetri are linking up play well now as most of the Bangladesh players have moved a bit upwards in search of an equaliser. Two minutes to go for a first win in two years for India!

21:06 (IST)07 Jun 2021

Finally! Chhetri finds the back of the net with a brilliant goal! Ashique finds himself in acres of space on the left flank and he finds the captain making a lung-bursting run. The cross is deep but Chhetri just glances it in from the far post! Goal number 73!

21:00 (IST)07 Jun 2021
73' Another header goes wide!

Subhasish with the miss! Another Brandon corner, another chance for India but the header just glances wide towards the far post.

20:50 (IST)07 Jun 2021
63' Chhetri with a big miss!

Chhetri misses a free header! Brandon is at it again as he delivers a tasty-looking ball from a set-piece near the right flank. It swerves in, finds the captain unmarked but the veteran fails to connect properly. The ball goes wide to the right of the keeper.

20:46 (IST)07 Jun 2021
60' India looking toothless from open-play

At the hour mark, nothing has changed for both the sides. Bangladesh kept the ball for the majority of the first ten minutes of the half, but India got themselves back into the thick of things with a Sandesh header from a corner. The changes of Yasir and Ashique have added a bit of freshness to the movement but India still need that extra bit of creativity and genius in the opposition box. 

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20:32 (IST)07 Jun 2021
Second half restarts!

India make two changes as Stimac changes his wingers. Yasir and Ashique replace Udanta and Bipin. The second half resumes...

20:17 (IST)07 Jun 2021
HT: India 0-0 Bangladesh

India maintained possession towards the end of the half, mostly on the left-hand side with the help of Bipin and Brandon, but the touches and passing in the final third have been lacklustre. Just the two headers by Sana, Chhetri and a vague penalty shout.

20:06 (IST)07 Jun 2021
35' Cleared off the line!

Sana Singh! So close! Brandon's corner is nodded goalwards by the defender but it's cleared off the line by Riyadul. From the resulting set-piece, India attack again... Chhetri finds himself in space from the corner but his header goes flying upwards!

20:04 (IST)07 Jun 2021
34' Another yellow card for Bangladesh!

India try to start a counter... Manvir receives the ball in the middle but Rahmat brings him down clumsily. He goes into the book!

20:00 (IST)07 Jun 2021
29' Penalty shout for India!

A penalty shout! Udanta gets the ball into the box with his left foot, Chhetri chases it in the middle of the box but he falls down after chesting the ball. The India skipper claims he was pushed from behind, but the referee blows the whistle for a handball. 

19:54 (IST)07 Jun 2021
23' Blue Tigers with most of the ball

India look well-settled now and are dominating with the ball at their feet. Most of the credit goes to Glan Martins, whose combative side is helping the team in regaining possession quickly. As for chances, nothing more than a couple of wayward crosses.

19:46 (IST)07 Jun 2021
15' Missed chance for Manvir!

Starting from the left side, Subhasish gets the ball over to the playmaker Brandon. The Goa midfielder threads a brilliant through ball from the middle... Manvir picks up the ball but his second touch to round off the goalkeeper messes it up! Big, big chance!

19:40 (IST)07 Jun 2021
8' India get a corner, nothing comes off it

India try to keep the ball in the midfield, trying to find the runs of Manvir and Bipin from the opposite flanks. From a corner, Bipin receives the ball from a short set-piece but Bangladesh defend it well and clear the ball quickly. Both teams still settling in...

19:34 (IST)07 Jun 2021
2' Rakib goes into the book

Just two minutes in and a player is down on the pitch! Bangladesh's Rakib has been showed the yellow because of a reckless challenge on Brandon. The midfielder is back on his feet and India restart their buildup play from right to left in their white kit.

19:31 (IST)07 Jun 2021

The ball is set rolling, and here we go! India kick off to take on an edgy, stubborn Bangladesh side!

19:15 (IST)07 Jun 2021
The venue is ready!
19:10 (IST)07 Jun 2021
India with a must-win contest ahead of them...

A win tonight will be India’s first in six years in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The last win for India had come in November 2015 in a 1-0 result against Guam in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Bangalore. Can Chhetri and his men emerge victorious?

INDIA SQUAD: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose, Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Lalengmawia Ralte, Abdul Sahal, Yasir Mohammad, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh

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First published on: 07-06-2021 at 06:55:51 pm
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