Qatar is past, India shift focus to Bangladesh match

Doha, Jun 05 (PTI): The fighting loss to Qatar done and dusted with, Indian footballers are now looking forward to their next match against Bangladesh in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
Playing with 10 men for a major part of the match, India went down 0-1 to Asian champions and FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar in their previous outing in the joint preliminary qualification round on Thursday.
Out of reckoning for next round of World Cup qualifiers but still hoping to make the continental showpiece in China in two years’ time, mid-fielder Brandon Fernandes said the upcoming fixture is extremely crucial for the Blue Tigers, who are going through one of their longest winless streaks of all time.
“We are moving as a team and we need to back each other. We are aware that we have specific roles in the team. The next match is extremely crucial as we need to sustain the momentum gained in the first match. The first match is history,” Fernandes was quoted as saying by All India Football Federation.
India are above Bangladesh in rankings but defender Subhashish Bose acknowledged their opponents’ quality, having chosen to ignore the FIFA peking order.
“We are aware of the quality of the Bangladesh team. They are a side that plays a lot of counter-attacking football, and that is very dangerous. India versus Bangladesh have always been exciting and close matches. We have huge respect for Bangladesh,” Bose said.
India’s match against Bangladesh is scheduled for June 7.
In their previous match, Bangladesh came back from behind to hold Afghanistan 1-1 and earn a point.
“I am very pleased with the performance against Afghanistan. The players worked extremely hard. It reflects the attitude which this team possesses — to come back from behind and get back into the game,” Bangladesh coach Jamie Day said.

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