India may not have made the brightest start to their World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, but it hasn’t been due to any lack of effort from the team’s No.1, Gurpreet Sandhu.
After pulling off a series of remarkable saves in the opening game against Oman, Gurpreet was it again in Doha, diving left, right and centre to frustrate the Asian champions Qatar.
His reflexes in the first half kept India in the game, and ESPN’s live blog busy.
Here is how he rose to the occasion once more:
4′ – Qatar look to float a long ball from the right, but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is first to it!
Eight years ago, when India played the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, Subrata Pal had caught the eye of the global media with his fabulous performance under the bar. Sandhu was one of the two reserve keepers then. Perhaps he can spirit Subrata’s heroics today..
10′ – Captain denies the captain! Al-Haydos has a shot, low down, and Sandhu saves low to his right. Off the corner, they whip the ball in at the far post, but Abdelkarim Hassan cannot get across to it.
20′ – Al-Haydos bends a ball from outside the box, away to the left, and Sandhu fingertips this away.
34′ – SAVED BY SANDHU AGAIN! Offside anyway, but Boudiaf was played in, and had a low shot at goal. Sandhu gets low and saves it.
45′ – Abdelkarim with a shot, and Sandhu with an outstanding save. Just punts it away with his right hand. Like a whiplash, and he does superbly to get a firm hand on to it.
45+1′ – Sandhu low down to his right, this time, and saves off Almoez Ali! Wow…superb save from the Indian keeper. Qatar go for the rebound, and squirt it wide.