2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: India Snatch Dramatic 1-1 Draw Against Gritty Bangladesh

Adil Khan was the saviour for India, as his 88th-minute equaliser grabbed a point for his side in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier clash Vs Bangladesh.

November 30, -0001

Ranked higher (104) in the FIFA rankings than Bangladesh, India were expected to easily register three points after courageous displays Vs Oman (a defeat) and Qatar (a draw).

Bangladesh (FIFA ranking: 187) came into the match as underdogs against a team, who were fancied to coast past them.

It was Bangladesh, who broke the deadlock in the 44th-minute via a freekick. A Gurpreet Singh Sandhu blunder gifted Saad Uddin an open header, and he put it directly into the net.

Bangladesh were the better side right from the start, putting India under immense pressure with their direct running.

The visitors looked more threatening with the ball, and could have scored atleast three goals but inexperience prevented them from increasing their lead.

In the second half, India began to apply more pressure in search for an equaliser.

Igor Stimac's tactical tweaks began to see India use Manvir Singh's height and strength more in the second half.

Sunil Chhetri began to see more of the ball, and but failed to create any concrete goal-scoring chances.

India's substitutions in the second half bought in a new dimension to their game. In the 88th-minute, substitute Brandon Fernandes took a corner kick, which landed for the towering Adil Khan, who headed it into goal for his side's equaliser.

In a game where, India was finding it hard to get going, the defender took it upon himself to save the day for India.

After the equaliser, India began to apply more pressure in search for a winner, but the referee son blew his whistle for full time after five minutes of added time. Both teams left the pitch a point apiece.