The Indian football team's match with Qatar ended with a draw on Tuesday evening under Gurpreet Sandhu's captaincy who is also the goalkeeper. No team has yet been able to beat the Asian Football Cup Champions (AFC) Qatar this year but the Indian team ended the match with a goalless draw. After the win, Republic TV interviewed Gurpreet Sandhu's mother to know her reaction to the match. Sandhu's mother said, "I was very tense before the match as Sunil Chhetri wasn’t present for the match and Gurpreet was the captain. To play against Qatar was really tough but the entire team played so well." Sunil Chhetri who is the captain of the Indian football team wasn't able to play for the FIFA qualifier as he was unwell which led to Gurpreet leading the team in Chhetri's absence.
Describing the nerve-wracking moment when the two teams were playing during extra time, 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'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."
Sandhu's mother was also very thankful to the Indian fans present for the match, claiming their support boosted the Indian team's performance, "And 8% of Indian fans present for the match cheered so much that it boosted the team." She elaborated on Gurpreet Sandhu's reaction to the win and said “Gurpreet was very thankful to God and to the Indian football team because of the good performance. He was especially happy for the Indian crowd present for the match, saying that the fans came so far to watch the match and we stood true to their expectations.”