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MD2 Preview - Group E: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh; Qatar vs India

Kuala Lumpur: Qatar will be aiming for their second straight win, India and Afghanistan will be targeting rebounds after opening day defeats while Bangladesh will kick off their Asian Qualifiers campaign on Tuesday.

India suffered an agonising late 2-1 defeat to Oman on Matchday One of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying campaign while Afghanistan had to concede to the superiority of Asian champions Qatar as the Central Asians fell to a 6-0 defeat.

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Head coach Anoush Dastgir believes there will be no lasting effects on Afghanistan despite the heavy defeat they suffered against Qatar on Matchday One.

In fact, Dastgir believes Afghanistan have a good chance against their other Group E challengers, starting with Bangladesh on Tuesday.

MD 1 - Group E: Qatar vs Afghanistan

Despite Qatar's dominant performance, Afghanistan had their chances and Dastgir is hoping they capitalise on their opportunities against a promising Bangladesh side.

The match will be played in the neutral venue of Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Dastgir wants an improved performance from his players as Afghanistan continue their qualifying bid.

Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day is expecting a tough match despite Afghanistan's opening day loss.

"It is very difficult to assess Afghanistan as Qatar are a far greater team. The result will not have an impact on our game against Afghanistan," said Day to local media.

Asian Qualifiers: Bangladesh v Laos

Bangladesh advanced to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers after seeing off Laos but they are the lowest ranked team in Group E and Day said every match will be a challenge.

Venue: Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
Kick-off: 19:00 (UTC +5)


Qatar are not expecting to cruise to another big win against an India side still hurting after suffering a late defeat against Oman in their opening Asian Qualifiers tie.

Qatar will, however, start as favourites as the football they played against Afghanistan was scintillating and head coach Felix Sanchez will be expecting his players to continue their momentum.

India head coach Igor Stimac felt his side's performance against Oman deserved at least a share of the points and he will be urging his players to rise to what will be a tougher challenge against a Qatar side who have maintained the form that took them to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 title in February.

Venue:Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Kick-off: 19:30 (UTC +3)

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