KOLKATA: Having their tail up after a famous result against Asian champions Qatar, the Indian football team will be eyeing their first win when they take on lower-ranked Bangladesh in a Group E Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Tuesday. India held Qatar to a goalless draw in Doha last month to underline their marked improvement under new head coach Igor Stimac who since taking charge has stressed on introducing a host of new faces in the team. Sans Sunil Chhetri, India’s record goalscorer and iconic skipper, who was indisposed for that game, India led by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu were rock solid in their defense and even created a couple of chances in the second half. Gurpreet was in inspired form as he made innumerable saves to keep the more fancied Qatar at bay. India lost to Oman 1-2 in their campaign opener in Guwahati and thus find themselves at fourth place in the five-team table with one point from two outings. Against Bangladesh, who are at the foot of the group after losing to Afghanistan and Qatar in their first two matches, India will be without the services of their defensive… Read full this story
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