Muhsen Al-Ghassani scored what looked like an offside goal in the 33rd minute for the hosts. Coach Igor Stimac made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Afghanistan last week. Mandar Rao Desai, Pritam Kotal and Sahal Abdul Samad were replaced by Nishu Kumar, Farukh Choudhary and Manvir Singh. Ashique Kuruniyan came in at left-back.
The first talking point of the game came in the sixth minute when Rahul Bheke brought down Muhsen Al Ghassani in the box and Oman were handed a penalty and their striker Muhsen Al Ghassani missed from the spot.
But, he ensured that he made up for his miss by scoring in the 33rd minute. Mohsin Al Khaldi opened up the Indian defence with a through-ball to the striker, who appeared to be in an off-side position but the side-line referee failed to put his flag up.
- A very soft penalty given to Oman.— Malay Arora (@malayarora) November 19, 2019
- Offside goal for Oman.
- Ref giving soft free kicks and yellow cards to Indian players.
Why the hell did AFC put a Sri Lankan in charge of India's game #OMNIND pic.twitter.com/y9nX1DQoaq
India tried to look active in midfield but could not create any notable chances. Moreover,. Stimac was also forced to make two early changes with Pronay Halder and Adil Khan suffering injuries in the first half.
The second half was more of the same as the Indian team could not manage to keep hold of the ball, with a clear technical gap in quality seen as compared to the Oman side.
Ball control, passing and composure are the three pillars of good football and sadly, none of the three were seen in huge periods of the 90 minutes.
Here's how fans reacted to this loss:
At what point should we make that call to Nepal for some FIFA rank increasing friendlies?— Arindam (@CohesiveArindam) November 19, 2019
If you had watched the match, you wouldn't have said this. Sad to see our own people not supporting 😣— Pranav Acharya (@PranavA89543394) November 19, 2019
I am happy cause i knew we r going to loose. The goal by oman was offside fk the sri lankan refree man, still they were better of the two when it mattered.— Sameer (@sameer_football) November 19, 2019
Disappointed once again well done....👏👏👏👏— ₹ashil🇮🇳 (@rashil3411) November 19, 2019
Since Constantine departs & Stimac as head coach,we are losing games after games or bottling a lead to draw— Bipin Neymar (@neymarbipin) November 19, 2019
It's not tragedy it's a comedy since Stimac took over charge
Why aashique playing as left back😝 till 80 mins
bravo tactics👌😂#OMAIND #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue
Why these players are playing in ISL?— CB (@Freakboy04) November 19, 2019
What the reason for having I-League and ISL? Not even a single win from five games. #IndianFootball
Nehru Cup also— Anand Thapa (@Anand_Thapa) November 19, 2019
Agree bro— Shakeer (@Shakeer61148941) November 19, 2019
goodbye indian football..wish u a best luck for future ...but i m scared of my future ...if u continue give us this type of sadness..i m just fed up and frustated with these continious shameless result..will meet u after few years ..😞😞..i hope new superstars will come .— prasoon tiwari (@prasoon90026773) November 19, 2019
Why why why why why why why manvir up front. neither He have any option after receiving the ball nor we don't have a perfect supplier for him. Should give chance to others @stimac_igor— DEEPAK P.M (@DEEPAKPM301995) November 19, 2019
Please Don't criticize them ! They are already playing underpressure because of previous results,and we can clearly see that they can play better as they did in second half . It's sure that WC dream is far-far away .Bt Please wait for a little more time may be a century !— Atul kashyap (@Atulkas94474421) November 19, 2019
No— Jaisurya (@apparacendi) November 19, 2019
No bhai. We will see him again. Stimac likes him a lot. 🤣— Football Maniac (@blue_pilgrim_) November 19, 2019
Only 2/3 players from the team to be retained..Rest complete overhaul of team needed.. Chhetri has also been crap and need to be replaced— Jitendra Gopalan (@jitug1979) November 19, 2019