Winless in four games so far in an increasingly disappointing campaign, the Indian football team faces higher-ranked Oman in a do-or-die World Cup qualifying round match in Muscat on Tuesday.
A first-half strike from Sunil Chhetri gave India hopes of beating Oman in the first leg in Guwahati in September but it ultimately turned out to be so-near-yet-so-far as the Gulf nation struck twice in the final 10 minutes to outwit the home side.
Oman are coming into this match after an emphatic (4-1) win over Bangladesh here on November 14.
India, on the other hand, are struggling after an impressive goal-less draw against Asian champions Qatar as they needed late equalisers in their identical 1-1 draws against lower-ranked Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
After three draws and a defeat, India are fourth in the Group E table with three points while Oman are second with nine points from four matches. Qatar are on top with 10 points from four matches.
An upset win over Oman will certainly keep Igor Stimac’s side in the hunt for a next round berth but a loss will virtually send India out of reckoning as far as the 2022 World Cup qualification is concerned.
Where and when is India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier match being played?
India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier match will be played on November 19 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Tuesday.
What time does India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier begin?
India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier will begin at 8:30 pm IST.
Where to watch India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier live in India (TV channels)?
India vs Oman live telecast will be available on Star Sports Network
How and where to watch online India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier live streaming?
The India vs Oman World Cup Qualifier live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website.
What is the India squad for their World Cup qualifier against Oman?
India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith, Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Subhasish Bose, Mandar Rao Dessai, Nikhil Poojari, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.