Football News: India salvage a point against Afghanistan

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India vs Afghanistan Football 2019 Highlights – India left it till the dying minutes against Afghanistan to earn a 1-1 draw with a headed goal in extra time by Seiminlen Doungel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This was a repeat performance from India just like last time when India struggled against a team they should have comfortably beaten on paper. They later settled for a draw after a late goal through a corner.

india vs afghanistan football 2019 highlights

The draw keeps India in with a mathematical chance of making it into the top two positions in Group E, but at the end of the day, it is a big setback to the country and the fans that hopeful for World Cup showing from the team. Oman leads India by 6 points and India will be facing them in a World Qualifier next week. To qualify for the World Cup, it is essential for India to finish in the top two positions.

India vs Afghanistan Football 2019 Highlights

India started the game well by holding on to the ball, but for the first 45 minutes, the rival goalkeeper had been idle as India struggled to test him. Ashique Kuruniyan’s run blazing past four players was the most encouraging sight in the first half, although he lost control of the ball and gave it away towards the end.

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India vs Afghanistan Football 2019 Highlights – Afghanistan deservedly took the lead in added time of the first session and it came from the exposed left where Mandar Rao Desai and Ashique were repeatedly tested. It was David Ahmed Najem who tricked defenders on the flank, sending a low cross inside the danger zone and Nazary connected it superbly, straight past a helpless Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

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India vs Afghanistan Football 2019 Highlights – Stimac made multiple substitutions in the second half. He took out a defender (Mandar) and introduced a striker (Farukh Choudhary) for the second half. Soon enough there was another offensive player on the field for India, Manvir Singh, who was thrown in the thick of things. Close to the hour mark, India dominated Afghanistan in their own half with Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh bringing out flying saves from the Afghan goalkeeper.

India vs Afghanistan Football 2019 Highlights – Stimac in his press conference said that nobody is happy or content with the result, India should have gotten a better result. He did mention that he is proud of his team and the player’s mindset who have been able to come back from dire situations multiple times.

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