FIFA-AFC Qualifiers V India 

Bangladesh guarded against own mistakes

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 14,2019


Bangladesh football team focused on not to repeating their mistakes when they play upper-ranked India in their third game of the World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Bangladesh reached Kolkata on Friday a day after a good-fought 0-2 loss against Asian Champions Qatar at home when they were unable to take the chances that came to their way.

Jamie Day’s charges watched the Qatar match video and found out their mistakes and were working hard during their training session at the match venue on Sunday.

‘We watched our match video against Qatar to find out our mistakes and we worked on it not to repeat those mistakes against India. Our coach worked on it,’ Bangladesh goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana told reporters in Kolkata.   

Bangladesh are aware of the quality of the Indian forwards, who could turn the game any moment.

‘They have some attackers, who can turn the match into their favour at any time. Focusing on that we goalkeepers and our defenders had extra works. Hopefully, we will be able to apply our training on the match day,’ Rana said.

The goalkeeper read out the movement of India’s aggressive attackers Sunil Chhetri to prepare him for facing the challenges.

‘I watched some of his [Sunil] videos to study his movement and worked on it. We have to take challenges against India. I think this match will be a competitive one with local support for India,’ he said.

Bengaluru FC’s centre forward Sunil Chhetri is coming back for India after recovering from injury and missing out the goalless draw match against Qatar in Doha on September 10.

Sunil, who scored the only goal for India against Oman in a 1-2 loss in Guwahati on September 5, was considered a game-changer for India.

Bangladesh’s veteran midfielder Mamunul Islam believes Sunil is ‘able to make difference’ in a game against any Asian opponents.

Bangladesh team manager and former national team midfielder Satyajit Das Rupu also believed that success can come if there is no individual mistake and a compact team game.

‘If our defence-line remains compact up to the midfield it will be difficult for them [India] to break [Bangladesh] and we will get chance for attack. If the team do not make individual mistakes, I think, we will have not many problems. Football is a game of goal, so we have to score to win,’ said Rupu.

Referring to Bangladesh’s match against Qatar, Rupu said Bangladesh must be careful about not conceding a goal. One mistake can end up conceding a goal. Whoever will be in defence, they should not make silly mistakes,’ he said.

Bangladesh are yet to open their account as they lost against Afghanistan and Qatar 0-1 and 0-2 respectively and are in the bottom of the five-team group-E table.

India are ahead of Bangladesh with one point from a goalless draw against Qatar after 1-2 loss against Oman in the first game.   

In their previous 28 meetings, Bangladesh won only twice in 1991 and 1999 against India.

On paper, India are miles ahead of Bangladesh as they are currently the top-ranked South Asian team in FIFA rankings [104] in comparison to Bangladesh, who are languishing at 187.

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