Muscat (Oman): India slipped to their second defeat within the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday with a 0-1 loss in opposition to Oman on the Sultan Qaboos Sports activities Advanced right here.
The loss saved India within the fourth place in Group E with three factors and nearly ended their probabilities of making it previous the second spherical of the qualifiers.
The hosts had been awarded an early penalty which striker Mohsin Al Ghassani shot large. Nonetheless, he went on to attain what turned out to be the successful purpose within the 33rd minute. Replays indicated that Al Ghassani could have been marginally offside.
Nonetheless, there was little to point out for India to argue that the choice affected their probabilities of successful the sport. The few probabilities they made on the opposition purpose hardly posed any risk to goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
India needed to make two substitutions within the first half. Vinit Rai got here on for the yellow-carded Pranoy Halder within the 26th minute, whereas centre again Adil Khan needed to be taken off attributable to an damage and Anas Edathodika took his place quickly after India conceded.
India had extra possession within the second half however hardly received any actual probability on purpose. As a substitute, it was Oman who arguably got here closest to scoring when India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu needed to make a full-stretch dive to save lots of a venomously struck free-kick by Mohsin Al Khaldi.
This was the final World Cup qualifier to be performed this yr. India’s subsequent matches in 2020 are at residence in opposition to Qatar (March 26), away to Bangladesh (June 4) and at residence in opposition to Afghanistan (June 9).
Whereas their probabilities to go additional within the qualifiers are all however over, India remains to be very a lot within the hunt for a berth within the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.