Despite the disappointment of Indian fans forced to watch the action on a screen set up in the car park, there were jubilant scenes inside the stadium following the upset draw.
Away fans chanted in unison and waved India’s tricolour flag as the team toured the ground that is home to Qatar’s domestic Al Sadd team.
India coach Igor Stimac highlighted the gulf between his team’s modest facilities and the lavish infrastructure enjoyed by Qatar as he warned his players to keep their heads down following the surprise result.
“We have two stopwatches and lots of willingness to learn everyday,” he said at the post-match press briefing.
The area around the stadium was quiet following the match however with the crowd dispersing quickly and calmly.