A winless India desperately want a constructive outcome in opposition to neighbours Bangladesh of their joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers match right here on Monday, in the event that they need to keep away from the ignominy of enjoying within the qualifying play-off spherical of the continental showpiece.
India are already out of rivalry for a World Cup berth however nonetheless within the reckoning for a spot within the 2023 Asian Cup.
However with simply three factors from six matches, India are on the fourth spot in Group E and should not but assured an automated berth within the third spherical of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
Solely the most effective 4 fourth-place finishers in every of the eight teams straight qualify for the third spherical of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
The opposite 4 fourth-place finishers and all the underside place finishers of the eight teams will play in a play-off spherical from which eight will re-enter the qualifying course of once more.
Among the many fourth-place finishers, six groups have extra factors than India at the moment. That may imply that Igor Stimac’s males must beat Bangladesh to have any likelihood of an automated berth within the third qualifying spherical of the Asian Cup.
A win on Monday will even be India’s first in six years within the World Cup qualifiers. The final win for India had are available November 2015 in a 1-Zero outcome in opposition to Guam in a 2018 World Cup qualifying spherical match in Bangalore.
Stimac’s males wouldn’t have been too dissatisfied with the Zero-1 defeat to Asian champions Qatar on Thursday as they performed with 10 males from the 18th minute onwards.
The present in opposition to Qatar will need to have regained a few of the misplaced confidence after their Zero-6 drubbing in opposition to UAE in a global pleasant in March.
Traditionally additionally, 105th-ranked India have the sting over Bangladesh (184th). India had crushed Bangladesh twice within the World Cup qualifying spherical, although the wins had been registered method again in 1985 (2-1 end in each double-legged matches).
“We nonetheless have not opened our account in Doha. We have to focus (in opposition to Bangladesh) after which the subsequent one (in opposition to Afghanistan),” mentioned senior defender Sandesh Jhingan, who took the captain’s armband within the second half of the Qatar match from Sunil Chhetri, who performed solely the primary 45 minutes.
However India can’t be complacent as Bangladesh could be powerful opponents as that they had proven within the first leg of this qualifiers in 2019 in Kolkata the place that they had taken an early lead. An 88th minute header from defender Adil Khan helped India to attract that match in entrance of an enormous crowd on the Salt Lake Stadium.
On the backside of the group with two factors, Bangladesh are coming into Monday’s match after a 1-1 draw in opposition to Afghanistan and they might even be desperately in search of a win.
Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan, who had performed for Mohammedan Sporting within the I-League, mentioned the tie can be an intense affair.
“Final time in Kolkata, we had been dissatisfied to not get three factors as India scored very late within the sport. Now we have that starvation in us, and we all know we will do some injury,” he mentioned.
Monday’s match in opposition to Bangladesh would even be essential for Stimac as he would additionally need to open his account on this World Cup qualifiers.
The previous Croatian World Cupper has this match in opposition to Bangladesh and the one in opposition to Afghanistan on June 15 to make a mark in an in any other case disappointing marketing campaign to this point.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh, Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose, Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Lalengmawia Ralte, Abdul Sahal, Yasir Mohammad, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.
Match Begins: 7:30pm IST.