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Asian Qualifiers - Group E Preview: Oman in no mood for slip-up against Bangladesh; India, Afghanistan vie for third


Doha: Despite having secured second place in Group E, Oman will target a win against Bangladesh in their final Asian Qualifiers second round tie against Bangladesh on Tuesday while India and Afghanistan will square off for third place.  

While Qatar may have confirmed themselves as the Group E winners, Oman are well placed to advance to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022, and adding another three points to their current haul of 15 surely enough to take them through.

India, meanwhile, only need to avoid defeat to confirm third spot with the South Asian side on six points, one ahead of Afghanistan.

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INDIA v AFGHANISTAN

India resumed their Asian qualifying campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Qatar but the Blue Tigers bounced back three days later when they defeated Bangladesh 2-0 with captain Sunil Chhetri scoring a brace in the second half.

Head coach Igor Stimac will be counting on that momentum to carry India past Afghanistan, with the teams having settled for a 1-1 draw when they met in November 2019.

The Croatian is sure to field his best, with Chhetri to lead the challenge, as India look to end a mixed campaign on a high.

A return of just one point from their two matches in Doha ended Afghanistan's dreams of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification but that will not deter the Central Asians from targeting three points against India.

While finishing fourth is likely to be enough for his team to advance to the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, Anoush Dastgir will urge his players to aim for a third-place finish, setting the stage for a classic tie at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.


India v Afghanistan
Venue: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Kick-off: 17:00 hours (UTC+3)


BANGLADESH v OMAN

Having already consolidated second place in Group E, Oman will be aiming to strengthen their position when they face bottom-placed Bangladesh.

Oman, with five wins from seven games, will be vying to claim one of the five spots available to best runners-up in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Branko Ivankovic’s side showed their resilience to carve a 2-1 win over Afghanistan on Friday and the Croatian tactician will be relying on Ahmed Mubarak to lead his team against the South Asians.

Bangladesh will be aiming to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to India as they bid to end their campaign with a first win, going into the match at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium with just two points to their name from seven games.

Victory against Oman will be a massive boost to Jamie Day's team who will now continue their bid to book a place in the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals.


Bangladesh v Oman
Venue: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Kick-off: 20:00 hours (UTC+3)

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