Oman 5-1 India: Wake-Up call for Blue tigers before AFC Challenge Cup

Oman 5-1 India
Oman: Mohammed Al-Ghassani (5') Ismail Al Ajmi (7',59'),Hasan Rabie (88'),  Abdullah Thuwaini (90+1')
India: Joaquim Abranches (65')

In what was expected to be another upset over a middle east team,Oman national team proved too good for young Indian team who end up losing the preparatory match for afc challenge cup by a scoreline of 1-5.

With pune fc duo Lester and gurjinder given their debut cap for national team and return of joaquim also making his return to team, along with new Indian captain samir naik, it was more or less different squad than which played in the saff final , thus manager showing his intent to try his squad well before important tournament.

These changes in starting line up was given a huge hit in shoulder of the manager when Oman team started in highly positive note to hit the back of net twice under 7 minutes.Though the Oman national players were looking for regular attack on goals, there had been some brilliant work by Indian midfield players mainly jewel raja who was excellent throughout the match.

When the second half started Indian fans were expecting a change of fortune ,which was also acknowledged by some brilliant work in front as well.But the Oman players showed our main weakness in lack of speed in defense,which was witnessed with them scoring their 3rd goal of the match.Finally Indian team came with a consolation goal from joaquim abranches who scored from an assist from India's most consistent player in recent matches, nabi. As the end of match was closing in, Oman players hit another two goals to complete the rout on weak Indian defense side.

Indian national team is next in action against Azerbaijan on 27th February at Dubai.

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I am Acham Thavirthan from Mumbai. I have been a follower of Indian sports, mainly Indian Football and Hockey, with a wish to see a day when every i-league matches being followed the same way IPL games are watched and also to watch in stadium the Indian football team play FIFA world cup.

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