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How Qatar-India made Xavi lose his fingernails, and Sunil Chhetri his voice

Sunil Chhetri, who missed featuring in India's World Cup qualifier against Qatar in Doha on September 10 due to illness, admits he lost his voice from celebrating after India played out a goalless draw against the reigning Asian champions. Chhetri added that watching former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez chew his nails in nervous tension was one of the most memorable sights for the Indian team.

"He [Xavi] coaches there now, and is a big influence behind why Qatar play the Barcelona...

'Stimac has changed everything, on and off the pitch'

India's players, fresh off their memorable draw against Qatar in Doha on Tuesday night, have credited coach Igor Stimac for having prepared his team well for the challenge of facing the Asian champions. However, Stimac himself has called the team's performance "an invitation to the next match."

India, who are aiming to appear in successive Asian Cup finals for the first time in history, can do so by finishing in the top two of Group E of their FIFA World Cup qualification second round. 


Qatar draw showcases unafraid, risk-taking India

It is the 83rd minute of India's World Cup qualifier against reigning Asian Champions Qatar. The score is 0-0 (and stays that way). Doha is growing impatient.

Over the past year, the home fans have gotten used to seeing their side swat away opponent after opponent. Lebanon. North Korea. Saudi Arabia. Iraq. South Korea. The United Arab Emirates. Japan. Most recently, Afghanistan. High ranked or low ranked, they've all come and been dispatched with minimum fuss.

They do not like the situation developing...

Ratings: Gurpreet 10/10 as Stimac masterminds a point

An inspired display from goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu helped India earn a famous draw against reigning Asian Cup champions Qatar in their second group game of the World Cup qualifiers in Doha on Tuesday. India, who were without an unwell Sunil Chhetri, went in as massive underdogs against the hosts. While Qatar's profligacy in front of goal was a big factor, India's grit and teamwork while defending was just as impressive. After a disappointing loss against Oman in the opening game, the draw...