Star Indian shot-stopper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who played the match of his life between the poles as India curtailed Qatar to a goalless draw in their second match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 joint qualifiers Round 2, is indeed very proud of how India performed in the match and gave their best against the Asian Champions.
“I feel extremely proud of the team for our performance against Qatar,” Sandhu was quoted as saying by the official website of All India Football Federation (AIFF).
“The team-effort helped us achieve the result. It will help us immensely in the qualifiers.
“We have played just two matches, and we have played well, that too against two powerful teams. It gives us that added motivation and confidence that in football, anything is possible.”
“Everyone played their hearts out and gave everything out on the pitch. That enabled us to come back to the dressing room, satisfied, and with a very crucial point,” he added.
After a heartbreaking defeat in the first match against Oman in Guwahati, the draw against Qatar has endured that India get their first points on the board. Despite the draw, Qatar are still leading the group with four points from a couple of matches while India are at the fourth place with one point from two matches.
India are set to host Bangladesh in their next match of the qualifiers which will take place on 15 October.