The Indian football team’s hopes of appearing in the Qatar World Cup 2022 is now almost over after Sunil Chettri and his men faced a defeat against Oman at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Stadium. The powerful football team of the Middle-east beat the Indian football team 0-1 to virtually knock out of the showpiece tournament. In the first leg, Oman defeated India 2-1 in Guwahati in September.

Oman’s striker Mohsin Al Ghassini scored the solitary goal in the 33rd minute of the match to register his country’s second spot in Group E. Asian champions Qatar are in the top position in the group with having 13 points in five matches whereas Oman are at the second spot with 12 points after playing the same number of matches. India remained the fourth spot in the group E, as the Men in Blue managed to bag just three points in five matches.

With a nine points gap with Oman in the group table, India’s hope of qualifying is almost over and they will be in no competition in the third round berth. Sunil Chettri and Co have still three matches left where they can collect a maximum of nine points in the second round of the qualifiers which clearly not enough to get past second-placed Oman.

Indian team is still in the hunt for the 2023 Asian Cup. The third-placed teams and four best fourth-placed will get a chance to qualify for the third round of the qualifiers of the Asian Cup 2023.

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