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The Blue Tigers suffered another loss in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier as they go down against a spirited Turkmenistan 2 goals to 1. This was India's fourth loss in as many games in 2018 World Cup Qualifiers and are yet to register a single point.

The game played in front of 21000 fans in Kopetdag Stadium, Ashgabat had no live telecast in India and the fans had to depend on AIFF's Official twitter account for match updates.

Indian Team had the first chance at goal in the 7th minute when Francis Fernandes took a shot only to see it go wide off the woodwork. The host made the visitor pay for the missed chance as they took the lead in the 9th minute when Abylow scored against the run of play.

India earned a corner in the 20th minute but failed to convert it as Jeje failed to apply finishing touch to a pass from Francis. But the Blue Tigers didn't have to wait much for the equalizer. In the 29th minute, the opposition custodian Mammet Orazmuhammedow fumbled the ball in the danger area only to find Jeje, who made no mistake to lob the ball in the goal post.

The scored remain 1-1 at half time.

Turkmenistan regained their lead in the 66th minute with a goal from Amanov. India had a chance to equalise two minutes later but Jeje's powerful header was collected by the opposition custodian.

Robin Singh missed a sitter in the 86th minute when he failed to convert a one-on-one chance with only Turkmenistan Goalie in the fray. This was the last chance that India had to score the equaliser and earn a point from the game.

With this loss, India now occupy the bottom slot in Group D with no points to show and no chance to qualify in the World Cup. India play their next game against Oman on 13th October.

TRIVIA: Jeje Lalpekhlua's goal in the 29th minute was the first by an Indian Player other than Sunil Chhetri in 6 matches. Last time an Indian Player who scored a goal and wasn't Sunil Chhetri, was Francis Fernandes, who scored in a Friendly against Palestine on 6th October 2014 at Siliguri. 

Interestingly, Sunil Chhetri has scored 9 out of 12 Indian Goals in last 12 international matches.

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