Dushanbe: India escaped with a 1-1 draw after an injury-time goal saved them the blushes against lower-ranked Afghanistan in their FIFA World Cup Qualifier match in Dushanbe on Thursday. The result meant the 106-ranked India remained winless in their qualifying campaign so far. When the visitors seemed headed for their second defeat, substitute Seiminlen Doungel (90+3) provided India with a lifeline, outjumping his markers to head one into the far post. Afghanistan had taken the lead through Zelfagar Nazary’s strike (45+1), putting India on the backfoot. India remained at the fourth position in Group E with three points from four matches, while Afghanistan continued to be on the third with four points.Starting the away game, being played in extremely cold conditions at the Central Republican Stadium, on a bright note, India conceded a goal in the first half’s injury time (45+1). Afghanistan went into lead after a fine move saw David Najem play a square ball to Zelfagar Nazary at the centre of the box, and the mid-fielder’s attempt breached the Indian defence before finding the back of the net.It wasn’t really a home match for Afghanistan either, but wins here against Cambodia and Bangladesh, followed by draws with Tajikistan and Jordan have given them much-needed confidence ahead of the clash against Igor Stimac’s 106-ranked India. And the 149-ranked Afghanistan carried that confidence into the game on a chilly evening when the temperature dropped to nine degree celsius. The hosts looked the better of the two sides in the first half and the goal, in the added time of first session, was not inappropriate.On and off, Afghanistan managed to put pressure on the Indian defence manned by Mandar Rao Desai, Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke and Pritam Kotal. With their enterprise, the likes of striker Ahmad Omran and mid-fielder Faysal Shayesteh kept India on their toes, forcing Bheke and Adil to make a few clearances in the first quarter. India looked to take on the opposition but they could not create any clear chances, and the couple of half chances in the opening minutes failed to test the Afghan custodian. There was a change straightaway for India after the break as Stimac substituted Mandar with Farukh Choudhary.Also Read | FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri Promises Best Foot Forward Against Afghanistan, OmanThe visitors showed urgency and looked desperate for an equaliser. They had a chance in the 58th minute but skipper Sunil Chhetri’s header off a cross from right back Pritam Kotal was saved by Azizi. At the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made a diving save. While he will be disappointed to end the match in a stalemate, Stimac’s decision to bring in Doungel in place of Kotal paid dividends. Stimac made three changes to the line-up that drew against Bangladesh last month, starting with Kotal, Brandon Fernandes and and Pronay Halder in place of Anas Edathodika, Anirudh Thapa and Manvir Singh. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Sounds like we’ll see these guys in the @TMobile #HRDerby. 🔊#ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/dubRU3gHms— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 30, 2019The reigning National League Most Valuable Player told reporters after the game (per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) that he will take part.MORE: Sign up for DAZN and watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a live MLB whiparound show Yelich was voted into the All-Star Game last week as a starter for the National League. He leads the major leagues with 29 home runs, one more than Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who also disclosed last week that he would participate in the Derby on July 8. After Bell told Yelich that he had accepted a Derby invite, Yelich indicated that he, too, would compete. Christian Yelich broke some news Saturday night: He will compete in the Home Run Derby the night before this year’s MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland.Yelich’s “announcement” came when Fox Sports replayed audio of the Brewers outfielder speaking to Pirates first baseman Josh Bell before their game at Miller Park. The network had wired Yelich for sound.