Well-begun is half done – India started brightly in the first half, but faded badly in the second allowing a fitter and better Oman team to pick up a win in the opening FIFA World Cup 22 qualifying match between the two sides.
FULL-TIME: India 1-2 Oman
India: 24′ [Sunil Chhetri]
Oman: [82′ Al-Mandhar, 90′ Al-Mandhar]
Venue: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.
EXPECTED GOALS [xG]
FIFA World Cup ’22/ AFC Asian Cup ’23 Group Table [Second Round]
India started the game fairly well and pressed high with Brandon’s all-round play and Ashique’s pace and grit troubling the opposition.
They got themselves a goal as well in the first half, but in the second half, the team faded badly and looked tired and devoid of match practice.
The substitutions did not work at all and instead we ended up not being able to keep the ball under mounting pressure.
And eventually the flood gates opened and the talented Al Mandhar scored a brace to seal the win for Oman.