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India held reigning Asian champions Qatar to a goal-less draw in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash at Doha on Tuesday.

The Blue Tigers had to withstand tremendous pressure from the home side throughout the ninety minutes but they held firm at the back to open their account in Group E.

Qatar registered 27 shots in comparison to two from the opposition but India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was the star of the show as he bailed his team out of trouble on multiple occasions with some excellent saves.

He single-handedly stopped the Qataris from scoring any goal in the Group E match which will be remembered for long by the Indians.

India, who had suffered a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Oman in their opening match on September 5 in Guwahati, now have one point from two matches while Qatar have four points as they had beaten Afghanistan 6-0 in their first match in Doha.

India will next take on Bangladesh on October 15 in the Group E clash of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers.


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