India vs Oman : Manvir Singh’s equalizer makes India grind out draw under immense pressure
What looked like it was shaping up to be a chastening defeat atually turned out to be a pretty memorable draw thanks to a second half headed goal from Manvir Singh.
A new look India, with six debutants in the starting lineup, fought back to hold higher ranked Oman to a draw in an international friendly match on Thursday at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.
In the first half, Oman could be seen going ahead after Chinglensana deflected a cross into his net but later, India drew level through Manvir Singh’s header in the second half.
Stimac started with a setup of 4-3-3 with Amrinder Singh in goal, Chinglensana, and Sandeep Jhingan as the two center backs, and Ashutosh Mehta and Akash Mishra operating the sides. Rowlin Borges, Jeakson Singh, and Suresh Singh Wangjam manned the midfield while Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, and Manvir Singh as the front three.
The Indian tigers began with a slow start with Oman dominating the game and dictating the play. But as the match started progressing, they controlled the proceedings.
However, under the pressure, the Indian players started making silly fouls, and soon, Oman was awarded a penalty after Rowlin brought down their forward inside the field. But later on, Amrinder stepped up and guessed the right direction and stopped what was a lame effort for a penalty kick.
As the game went on, 10 minutes into it and India found a way back through Manvir, Ashutosh found Bipin on the right flank who delivered an amazing cross into the box.
Stimac’s players then went on with their game and kept attacking Oman’s men as Jhingan and Chinglensana held their own.