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FIFA World Cup Qualifier: India vs Bangladesh: Football by Numbers

FIFA World Cup Qualifier India vs Bangladesh
Adil Khan saved the blushes for India with a well-directed header in the dying minutes of the game.
Picture Credit: AIFF

FULL-TIME: India 1-1 Bangladesh

India: 88′ Adil Khan

Bangladesh: 42′ Saad Uddin

Venue: Salt Lake Stadium (VYBK), Kolkata.

STARTING XI

FIFA World Cup Qualifier India vs Bangladesh Starting 11

MATCH STATS

INDIA STATSBANGLADESH
1 GOALS 1
12 SHOTS 8
6SHOTS ON TARGET 2
13 CORNERS 6
70% POSSESSION 30%
15 FREE KICKS 8
2 OFFSIDES 0

EXPECTED GOALS [xG]

HIGHLIGHTS

FIFA WORLD CUP ’22/AFC ASIAN CUP ’23 QUALIFIER STANDINGS

FIFA WORLD CUP '22/AFC ASIAN CUP '23 QUALIFIER STANDINGS
Second Round Group E Standings

CONCLUSION

Poor team selection, suspect tactics, individual errors and a squad bereft of match practice meant India could only salvage a draw against Bangladesh in front of a packed Salt Lake Stadium.

  • India started with a fairly aggressive two-man midfield of Anirudh Thapa and Sahal Abdul Samad expecting Bangladesh to sit back; however, the defence didn’t end up passing the ball to the midfield duo and instead lobbed the ball forward at every opportunity.
  • Thapa and Sahal weren’t exactly positioned well in midfield either – they found themselves ahead of Bangladesh’s banks of four when they received the ball.
  • The balls lobbed forward lacked accuracy and guile – the times the ball made it to the forward Manvir Singh and wingers Udanta and Ashique – the delivery and ability to keep the ball was lacking.
  • Pretty much the entire team was culpable of giving the ball away frequently and misplaced many medium/long passes.
  • The right fullback Rahul Bheke was found out time and again on the flank while the goalkeeper Gurpreet who had an outstanding game in the previous match against Qatar was culpable for the Bangladeshi goal.
  • To conclude, India were lucky to escape with a point and their campaign to progress into the next round looks likely to end in despair unless they affect a drastic turnaround.

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