PANAJI: It’s onerous defending in opposition to Qatar. The Asian champions scored 16 targets of their first six matches of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, failing to seek out the goal solely within the goalless draw in opposition to India. When the 2 groups confronted off once more on the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Thursday, India braced for an additional powerful evening. The duty solely bought more durable when Rahul Bheke picked up his second reserving and was despatched off within the seventeenth minute. For the rest of the match, India tried to defend, bravely, with numbers on the again. Their efforts, although, weren’t sufficient as Qatar bought the higher of India 1-0 to open a seven-point hole on the prime in group E. Qatar have been dominant from begin to end and had 35 pictures all through the sport. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was terrific for the guests, making numerous saves, many from shut vary. The goalkeeper was crushed simply as soon as within the thirty third minute when Abdulaziz Halem discovered the again of the web from inside a crowded goalmouth. India didn’t have a lot to point out, offensively. Coach Igor Stimac, understandably, began with 5 on the again — slotting Ashique Kuruniyan at left-back – and it was solely Manvir Singh who had a take a look at the rival purpose on the half an hour mark. A spirited efficiency but it surely wasn’t sufficient as 10-man #BlueTigers 🐯 went down combating 🆚 Qatar 🇶🇦#INDQAT ⚔️ | Mat… https://t.co/MKkgyj5vgO— Indian Soccer Crew (@IndianFootball) 1622816811000The ATK Mohun Bagan striker, nevertheless, was dispossessed by Boulem Khoukhi contained in the field, earlier than he might give the ending touches to a cross from Ashique. For the remainder of the match, India have been pinned inside their very own half. With Rowllin Borges dominated out, Stimac handed Glan Martins his worldwide debut. Alongside Suresh Singh, the FC Goa midfielder helped add muscle within the center, attempting to disrupt Qatar strikes. Qatar have been anticipated to dominate this recreation they usually did precisely that. The likes of Abdulaziz Hatem, Abdelkarim Hassan and Hasan Al-Haydos have been a continuing risk. However at any time when they’d a take a look at the India purpose, the defence created a protect. With Bheke selecting up his second reserving – first for a foul after which a handball – India have been left with a mountain to climb. Qatar’s solely purpose got here simply after the half an hour mark. It got here from a transfer initiated by Abdelkarim on the left whose ball contained in the field was pushed in the direction of Abdulaziz by Muntari. The striker was crowded by a clutch of defenders however nonetheless managed to push it contained in the purpose.