Four games into their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, India find themselves at fourth spot in Group E. India must battle against all odds as they gear up to face third-placed Oman at the Central Republic Stadium in Dushanbe on November 19, 2019. Read further to find out what lies in store for Igor Stimac and Co. as they gear up for a gritty encounter on foreign shores on Tuesday night.
As per the qualification criteria specified by FIFA, the group leaders of all eight groups will progress to the third qualification round along with four best runners-up for the World Cup to be held in Qatar three years later. Since Qatar gains automatic qualification on account of being the hosts, the fifth-best runner up in their group will join seven group winners.
After four rounds, Qatar dominate Group E. If India want to qualify, they have to finish second by a greater margin than runners-up of the three other groups. India’s qualification hopes face an uphill battle because of the gap between India and the top two teams in Group E - Qatar and Oman. The two sides are seven and six points ahead of Chhetri and Co. respectively. In order for India to remain in contention for a spot in the next round, they will have to play against Oman as if their life depends on it and secure an all-important win on Tuesday night. Can they do it?
Thank you 🙏🏻, Mr. Munu Mahawar, Ambassador of the Republic of India 🇮🇳 to Oman 🇴🇲for hosting the Blue Tigers 🐯 along with @IndianFootball coach @stimac_igor tonight 🙂#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gAHFsruwTs— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) November 17, 2019