​Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and India's defenders were once again heroes on the night as Igor Stimac's ​Indian football team pulled off an incredible 0-0 draw playing against Asian champions Qatar on their own turf ​in their World Cup qualifier.


The Blue Tigers had to absorb tremendous pressure from the home side throughout the game but they kept their composure at the back in order to gain their first point in Group E.


Igor Stimac made four changes to India's starting XI which ​lost 1-2 against Oman in Guwahati in the first qualifier. 


Skipper Sunil Chhetri along with Ashique Kuruniyan, Brandon Fernandes and Subhashish Bose dropped out and were replaced by Manvir Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Nikhil Poojary and Mandar Rao Desai.


As expected, Qatar dominated proceedings throughout but failed to score as Sandhu was undoubtedly the star of the Indian side throughout the game as he denied the Qataris from taking the lead on quite a lot of  occasions.



The second half saw the Asian Cup champions attacking more which left some gaps for Indian attackers to exploit. Udanta could have shocked the hosts by breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute when he attempted a shot from the edge of the box. The winger received a pass from Thapa before shaping to shoot but his curling effort went above the crossbar.


The draw handed India their first point in Round Two of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers after they lost 1-2 against Oman in their opening clash.


This draw meant that India joined the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Colombia as the only countries that have kept a cleansheet against Qatar in the year 2019.



Here's how fans on twitter reacted to India holding on to an incredible draw against the Qataris:




























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India will next be in action at home against Bangladesh on October 15 in their next World Cup qualifier at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.