A header from defensive midfielder Adil Khan in the waning moments of the game helped India survive an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Bangladesh at the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday.
At Salt Lake Stadium, Saad Uddin in the 42nd minute helped Bangladesh take a shocking lead against India, who are 83 places above Jamie Day’s side. India, who drew 0-0 against Asian champions Qatar in their last game, were substandard in front of the home crowd and lacked elegance in their game.
The hosts had a flurry of chances to peg back in the second half but they failed to cash in the opportunities. It was only in the 88th minute that Adil headed in a goal to help the match end with figures of 1-1.
On the other hand, Bangladesh too could have doubled their advantage as Mohammad Ibrahim’s shot found the crossbar in the second-half and Adil made a goal-line clearance.
With the draw, India move to two points from three games in the Group E table after losing their campaign opener to Oman. Bangladesh, who prior to this game had lost both their matches against Afghanistan and Qatar, opened their account with the first point but remained at the bottom of the five-team group.
Qatar lead the table with ten points from four games, Oman are second in the chart with six points from three games. Meanwhile, Afghanistan, who have three points from as many games, occupy the third spot.