India coach Igor Stimac watched his team’s hopes of starting the World Cup 2022 qualification campaign with positivity ended in a disappointment against Oman. The 2-1 defeat for India is a blow and the manager reckoned that the excessive dependence on Sunil Chhetri for the goals is one of the factors. Even though India were in full control for the majority of the game, they were unable to break the lines and build on the opening goal scored byChhetri.Chhetri’s goal was able to provide India with a lead after 24 minutes.
“We’re very sad. We deserved more from this game. We could have scored many in the first half and finished the game before the break. My players made me proud, the way they fought and ran for 70 minutes. But the game is for 90 minutes, not 70. We didn’t have enough experience in scoring. We always depend on Sunil for goals, But I can’t blame anyone. The players gave their all. Keep possession, hold onto the lead and wait for counters. We didn’t and we paid the price,” said Stimac.