Doha: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu performed the match of his life below the bar as India held Asian champions Qatar to a well-known 0-Zero draw to earn their first level in a Group E second spherical World Cup qualifying match right here on Tuesday.
Sans the companies of talisman Sunil Chhetri who was indisposed, Gurpreet led the Indian crew who’re 41 rungs under Qatar within the FIFA rankings. Qatar are ranked 62nd on the planet to India’s 103.
The Bengaluru FC custodian, who was just lately awarded the Arjuna award, made a string of saves to maintain the hosts at bay for your complete length of the match.Qatar had 27 photographs on course and but did not beat Gurpreet in India’s aim because the crew below Croatian coach Igor Stimac celebrated the draw like a victory on the ultimate whistle with Spain and former FC Barcelona nice Xavi Hernandez in attendance.
It was all about Qatar so far as goalscoring alternatives have been involved as Ismaeel Mohammad rattled the woodwork on the rebound within the 85th minute however luck favoured India and Gurpreet who pulled off some astonishing saves both facet of halftime.
Sahal Samad and Udanta Singh had two gilt edged to attain for the away facet within the second interval however each missed by a whisker because the Indian supporters on the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium egged the crew on raucously.
India fairly didn’t miss Chhetri up entrance as all of the motion was of their half.
Gurpreet was a rock below the bar as he made innumerable saves to maintain the likes of Abdelkarim Hassan, Abdul Aziz Hatem and Almoez Ali at bay.
Qatar took a dozen of photographs and got here near scoring on a few events however India’s skipper Gurpreet saved virtually all the pieces that got here his means.
At halftime, the hosts have been left excessive and dry as they went into the break 0-0. India, in the meantime, joined Lebanon, South Korea, Iraq, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia among the many sides towards whom Qatar have failed to attain within the first-half this yr.
India had narrowly misplaced to Oman 1-2 of their qualifying opener in Guwahati just a few days again.