India’s Olympic Dream Is Over




India’s Olympic dream is over

India’s Olympic dream is over

A desperate India needed to win by a margin of two goals against Qatar in the pre-Olympic qualifier first round second leg tie. India badly messed up a penalty and then due to a horrible mix-up by Qatar, resulted in a self-goal, giving India an unexpected 54th minute lead. But the visitors i.e. the Qataris pulled off an equalizer in the 73rd minute from Mohd Salah. This gave them a 4-2 as aggregate score over the two legs.

During the first half of the game, India was not letting its stronger, quicker rivals to take any type of control over the game. The tackles were crisp and mostly the hustling tactics by Indians did not leave any time for the Qataris as they were searching for team mates to pass the ball. But one could very well notice that India’s attack was completely one-dimensional as they directed passes and the clearances were thrown right into Jeje’s direction.

There was some serious playing from both the teams, as there were many shots worth mentioning. Let’s list down a few of them.

The penalty was awarded to Qatar when Jeje attempted to sweep the ball straight to the net but instead struck defender Hussein’s hand. The Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was unable to react quickly to a back pass from Khaled Muftah from the right flank and let the ball roll into an unguarded net!

Goalkeeper Al Sheeb blocked one of Raite’s finest shot with a powerful leap to his left. This ruined India’s best chance to move ahead 20 minutes into the game.

For a good news, the Indian goalkeeper Kattimani was beaten just once during the match. It happened when Ansari flew the ball across the goalmouth beyond the reach of an Indian defender for teammate Salah to make the net for the first time.

India’s striker Jeje as already mentioned was forced into first-time shots even when he was completely marked by defenders. Due to the pressure, there were quite a few weak shots. In one particular pass from Sabeeth he got a hasty tipover from the goalkeeper. There was a missed goal from Gaikwad too, as the ball bounced into the goalkeeper’s gloves.

On the other end, Kattimani keeping for India, anticipated Ansari’s low shot to the right post as Qatar pressed forward in an attempt to stretch the rival defence Kattimani couched low on the goal line and collected the floater by Haidous before any Qatari player could come close. In the first half, Kattimani did an excellent job in handling the ball when it broke through the defence.

In the second half, Manandeep Singh replaced Sabeeth as Jeje’s striking partner and Abhisek Das was substituted by Jagtar Singh in the hunt for goals.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Monica Mishra

Author:

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” - Jesse Jackson. Hello friends, I am Monica Mishra currently in my 3rd year B.Tech. in the field of Electronics and Telecommunication and I believe the above quote by Jackson to its every single word! Writing has been a hobby of mine since childhood while cricket has been a passion ever since I started understanding it! Motor racing interests me and am always enthralled by Football. Basketball is what I play and Tennis is what I like to watch. Hockey is a game I respect and Chess is a game I am 50% ignorant about! In short I am jack in sports knowledge and here to gain knowledge and refine my writing skills. Happy Reading!

Cricket

IPL 2018: SWOT Analysis of the Mumbai Indians

IPL 2018: SWOT Analysis of the Mumbai Indians

Posted by: Suraj Shukla on February 6th, 2018

Mumbai Indians won the title in the 10th edition of the IPL by beating Rising Pune Supergiants. Their skipper Rohit Sharma was retained by the franchise along w ..

Football

India’s young journalist Ananya Kamboj participated in 2018 Football for Friendship Open Draw

India’s young journalist Ananya Kamboj participated in 2018 Football for Friendship Open Draw

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 21st, 2018

Football for Friendship (F4F) Open Draw was held in Moscow on 15th February 2018. F4F is the International Children’s Social programme implemented by Gazp ..

Tennis

2018 Australian Open: Federer hikes towards his fourteenth semifinal at the Melbourne Park

2018 Australian Open: Federer hikes towards his fourteenth semifinal at the Melbourne Park

Posted by: Mahalakshmi Murali on January 25th, 2018

The 19-time Swiss legend, Roger Federer, cruised into the semifinals of the 2018 Australian Open by brushing past his longtime Czech rival, Tomas Berdych. The W ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker set for huge showdown

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker set for huge showdown

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 15th, 2018

It looks like it will be a scintillating couple of months for fans of elite boxing. There is the prospect of the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Ca ..

Other Sports

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker set for huge showdown

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker set for huge showdown

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 15th, 2018

It looks like it will be a scintillating couple of months for fans of elite boxing. There is the prospect of the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Ca ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror