Dismal Performance: India’s Goal-Less Draw Against Depleted Afghanistan

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In a high-stakes clash on the international football stage, India faced off against Afghanistan in their third Group stage match of the joint FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027 Qualifiers. The stage was set at the Damac Stadium in Abha, Saudi Arabia, and expectations were high for both teams.

As the match kicked off, fans eagerly awaited a thrilling encounter. India, buoyed by their recent victory over Kuwait, aimed to secure crucial points to advance in the qualifying campaign. Meanwhile, Afghanistan, despite their depleted squad, harbored hopes of causing an upset.

India Struggled against a depleted Afghanistan

Afghanistan entered the match with a squad ravaged by injuries and other challenges. Their players fought valiantly, but the absence of key personnel weighed heavily. India, too, faced their own setbacks, missing the services of star defender Sandesh Jhingan due to injury.

The game unfolded with both teams displaying determination and tactical prowess. India’s midfield orchestrated attacks, while Afghanistan defended resolutely. The goalkeepers were tested, but neither side could breach the opponent’s net. The final whistle blew, and the scoreboard remained unchanged: India 0, Afghanistan 0.

India’s forward Manvir Singh had two golden chances to break the deadlock. However, fate conspired against him as his shots missed the target. Those near-misses haunted India, leaving them without a goal in the match.

Can India Still qualify for the World Cup?

With this result, India sits second in Group A, accumulating four points from three matches. Their journey began with a hard-fought victory over Kuwait, but a subsequent loss to Qatar dampened their spirits.

On the other hand, Afghanistan is still searching for their first win in the second round of qualifiers and occupies the bottom spot. Their heavy defeat against Qatar and a goalless encounter with Kuwait have left them desperate for points.

The drama continues as India prepares to face Afghanistan once again on March 26. This upcoming clash is pivotal for both teams. Can India capitalize on their attacking prowess? Will Afghanistan find a way to overcome its challenges? Football fans across the subcontinent eagerly await the answers.

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