Team India's goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu was the hero of the Indian football and will remain etched in the memories of the fans for a long time after India's draw against Qatar in the FIFA qualifiers on Tuesday. India drew the match against an undefeated Qatar after blocking close to a dozen shots from the opposition while only managing to get two shots themselves. Gurpreet Sandhu denied the Asian Football Cup Champions any chance to put the ball past him through the 90 minutes, helping a gritty India snatch a point away from the game. Skipper Sunil Chettri, who was sitting out of the match due to a fever, was all praise for the goalkeeper.
The Bengaluru FC goalkeeper termed the match as a night to remember and was all praises for his team. Gurpreet Sandhu played a crucial role in the match as he did not allow the aggressive opposition to take advantage throughout the match. Sandhu along with the Indian defenders managed to put up a firm resistance to the Qatar side and managed to draw the game at the end of the contest. Gurpreet Sandhu said that the result of the game would help in the growth of the team and as a nation. He thanked all the Indian football fans for their unconditional support and hailed them as the team's pillar of strength. Here's what Gurpreet Sandhu had to say:
Describing the nerve-wracking moment when the two teams were playing during extra time, Gurpreet Sandhu's mother shared her feelings, saying, "After 90 minutes of the game was over, the extra time of 4 minutes made me hold my breath as the situation in the game was so tense." Congratulating the team for performing so well, she said, "The team played really well and Gurpreet showed really good performance. I congratulate the entire team.”
Talking about the match, Gurpreet Sandhu's mother discussed the team's match with Oman and how they lost in the last 10 minutes, saying, “The entire team is very dedicated. They knew that it was a ‘do or die’ situation (with Qatar) because the team lost against Oman in the last 10 minutes. So even after 80 minutes into the game, the team could not relax and they had to play. They had to play in a disciplined manner which they played. The coach had encouraged them a lot."