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07-29-2011, 12:38 PM #1
India's 2014 football World Cup dream endsIndia's FIFA World Cup dream ended on Thursday as they drew the home-leg 2-2 but went down 2-5 in aggregate to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first round of Asian qualifiers.
UAE caught India off-guard from a counter attack and went ahead in the 40th minute through Mohammed Al Shehhi and they doubled the lead in the 71st minute after Ali Al-Wehaibi slammed it in from inside the box.
India pulled one back in the 73rd minute with Jeje Lalpeklua's header and defender Gourmangi Singh struck the equalizer in the injury time from a goal mouth melee.
n front of a near capacity crowd at the Ambedkar Stadium, incessant rain made it difficult for both teams to keep the possession of the ball, but India put up a spirited show against the UAE, whose only World Cup finals appearance was way back in 1990 in Italy.
Having lost the away leg 0-3, India needed to win the match by a four-goal margin to move into the second round but a lack of coordinated effort between the strikers and the midfield did them in.
Under slushy underfoot conditions, players struggled to get a firm footing and passes became a gamble for both teams. India as expected launched a heavy wave of attack in the first 10 minutes, typified with miss-passes and false kicks.
The UAE defence stood tall amidst the relentless attack and goalkeeper Ali Khaseif remained hardly tested all during the first half.
While Delhi boy Chettri did most of the leg-work in the first half, his partner Jeje Lalkpeklua looked rusty and India failed to take the advantage of the half chances that came their way. Gourmangi's chip from the edge of the box went wide in the seventh minute while in the next moment a 1-2 between Chettri and mid Steven Dias was squandered in the box....being a human...
08-04-2011, 06:18 PM #2