Igor Stimac on India Vs Kuwait: We Are Disappointed With The Result

Another draw of the Indian football team against Kuwait put a big question mark on the country’s 3rd round qualification in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The Blue Tigers were held at a 0-0 draw by Kuwait against whom India won the only match of the qualifiers. After the game, the head coach of the Indian Football Team, Igor Stimac said they were disappointed with the result.

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The game was tough, says the head coach

Team India had to win the game against Kuwait at their home but the unwanted result has made it more difficult for the Blue Tigers. Both teams failed to score at the Vivekanand Yuba Bharti Stadium. India’s coach Igor Stimac said

We are disappointed with the result. The game was tough, as we expected. The draw is realistic tonight, they opened the game much better and with more confidence – in terms of passing, speed of passing and moving.

It took us some time to gear up and start passing the ball into the danger zones, the general passing speed was our biggest problem tonight – it wasn’t good enough. Even in certain moments when we put pressure on them, there was no delivery to help the forwards. We conceded they have lots of individual quality and they were killing the game with time-wasting whenever they could.

The last game of Indian legend Sunil Chhetri

It was the last game of India’s all-time top goal scorer Sunil Chhetri. The Indian striker earlier announced his retirement before the game. It was his own decision to retire from International Football.

He had said the day before the match that of more significance was India’s chance to qualify for the next round, something that hadn’t been done in the history of Indian football.

The emotions that he kept from bubbling over all these days, came out in the form of tears as the Indian players gave him a guard of honour as Chhetri took the final walk from the field into the locker room.

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What next for the Indian Team?

Win against the toughest group opponent, Qatar would likely be the best solution to keep World Cup qualification hopes alive. If somehow India manages to win against Qatar, they’ll qualify for the next round.

Afghanistan and Kuwait are not far behind India in the Group A table. India and Afghanistan have 5 points each and Kuwait has 4 points. Except for Qatar, any team that wins their last group game will have a great chance of making it to the third round.

If India draws against Qatar and Afghanistan and Kuwait also plays a draw against each other, then based on goal difference, India holds a good chance of qualifying for the next round.

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