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India breathes a sigh of relief as defender secures crucial point 

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India held Bangladesh in a tense 1-1 draw in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. Bangladesh was a goal up till the dying minutes of the game until Indian defender Adil Khan scored from a corner to secure a point for the Blue Tigers. 

India had traveled to Qatar in the previous qualifier game and played out a brave 0-0 game to keep the hopes up for World Cup qualification. 

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The game of Tigers 

Kicking off at the Salt Lake Stadium, India was playing with their star striker Sunil Chettri, who missed the previous game against Qatar. Bangladesh started the game on the strong foot and looked to open the scoring in the early seconds of the first half. Bangladesh had brought their A-game to Kolkata and made some good moves that could have given them the lead. A string of horrible defending from the Blue Tigers gave away a simple tap in for Bangladesh striker Saad Uddin who scored the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute.  

In the second half, India tried to attack the Bangladeshi defense but they were quick to make clearances and cause frustration for the Indian attackers. The Blue Tigers couldn’t replicate their defensive performance that was displayed against Qatar, as the Bengal Tigers had a clear opportunity to double their lead, but Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu was able to get his fingertips on a chip from the Bangladeshi striker Ziban. 

The 61,000 fans who were present at the Salt Lake Stadium could breathe normally again as Indian defender Adil Khan scored a thundering header from a corner in the 88th minute to finally secure a point for India. 

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India is currently placed 4th in Group E and has 2 points after having lost their game against Oman and drawing against Qatar and Bangladesh. The Blue Tigers will next face Afghanistan in Dushanbe on 14th November and will have played all their matches. Only the top 2 teams in the group will progress to the next round of qualifying and an assured place at the 2023 Asian Cup.       

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