If India lose, they will trail Oman by nine points and have only three matches -- maximum nine points -- left to play in this second round of the qualifiers.
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India also suffered a jolt after central defender Anas Edathodika had to return home from Dubai, where the team had a stopover on way to Dushanbe, due to the death of his mother.
Iran and Bahrain were to play in Basra, the southern city which hosted Iraq's return last month to playing competitive games at home.
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The match in the North Korea capital ended 0-0 on Tuesday, in front of FIFA president Gianni Infantino but in an otherwise empty stadium and almost completely blocked off from the outside world.
Asked about their rivals, Stimac said Bangladesh should have won against Qatar keeping in mind the chances they created.
Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu took the charge in Chhetri's absence and thwarted a barrage of attacks from Qatar.
The India right back, who made an impact in India's gallant goalless draw against Qatar last month, sustained an ankle injury during a friendly match against North East United.
Stimac said the match will be a good preparation for India's FIFA World Cup second round qualifier against Bangladesh to be played in Kolkata on October 15.
Once the celebrations were over, Indioa team as well as new coach Igor Stimac had their feet firmly on the ground.
Stimac would have been forgiven for fearing the worst when that clock started ticking down on the last 15 minutes in Qatar.
India let in two goals in the last eight minutes after taking an early lead to lose their opening match against Oman on September 5 in Guwahati.
The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words "FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022".
India begin their 2022 World Cup second round qualifiers with a match against Oman on Thursday in Guwahati, before travelling to Doha to play against Asian champions Qatar on September 10.
Modric beat out Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London.
Despite the goal drought, Deschamps stuck with the Chelsea striker, who featured in all of France's seven matches at the World Cup, and Giroud is happy to have played his role.