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AFC U-23: Qatar derails India’s qualification hopes

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Qatar derails India’s hopes of qualifying for upcoming AFC U-23 championship scheduled to be held in china in the month of January next year. Stephan Constantine’s men suffered a 1-0 defeat against hosts after giving a brave fight to the Asian strongholds.

The Blues started the match strongly and had several chances to score against the hosts, but wastefulness in front for goal lead to the costly defeat and eventual exist from AFC Championship Qualifiers. Forward Almoez Ali found the back of Indian Net in the 54th minute after Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith lost the control of the ball which he could have collected easily. The blues have fought hard for the equalizer but couldn’t find the needed goal.

India went close to securing an equalizer in the 80th minute but luck had turned its back on us, as Manvir’s effort hits the crossbar. With two consecutive losses against Qatar and Syria, India sits at the bottom of the group C. Stephen Constantine’s men will face Turkmenistan in their final match of the qualification campaign on 23rd July 2017.