India and Oman ended their preparatory friendly goalless ahead of the AFC Asian Cup
The Blue Tigers were held to a goalless draw by an Oman side that is on a 14-match unbeaten run in an International Friendly at the Baniyas Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The match, which was part of the Indian National Team’s preparation for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, was played behind closed doors.
The last two matches against the same opposition in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifiers had ended in favour of Oman by 1-2 and 0-3 margins.
India got its first chance in the 17th minute of the game, where skipper Sunil Chhetri got the ball but ended up hitting just over the crossbar. while India’s two main defenders Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika, kept the attacks on check, with Subhasish Bose and Pritam Kotal playing the supporting role to perfection.
Amrinder Singh, who started ahead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, pulled off a terrific save to deny Oman from surging into the lead.
Meanwhile, Halicharan Narzary and Udanta Singh tried to stretch it wide and gel well with Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua. But the sturdy Omani defenders were not to be beaten as both teams headed to the changing room locked goalless.
Changing over, Head Coach Constantine brought in Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Germanpreet Singh and Balwant Singh in place of Amrinder Singh, Pronay Halder and Jeje Lalpekhlua, respectively.