On November 21st, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, India will host Qatar in a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match. The Indian team, known as “The Blue Tigers,” has just come off a spectacular win against Kuwait on November 16th, earning them three points in the group stage. Qatar, on the other hand, is one of Asia’s strongest teams and also won three points in their previous game against Afghanistan with an impressive score of 8-1. Despite being considered the favorite to win, an invigorated Indian team with home crowd support has the potential to pull off an upset against Qatar.
India has had mixed results in 2023 and has been unbeaten at home. In their recent match against Kuwait, a goal from Mohun Bagan’s forward Manvir Singh was enough to secure India three critical points. This victory was significant because it helped India maintain its position at the top of Group A. Additionally, India famously held Qatar to a 0-0 draw in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2019 and will be looking for another strong performance today to further solidify their position.
If you want to watch this exciting match between India and Qatar for FIFA World Cup qualifiers live action then tune into Sports18 1, Sports18 1HD, and Sports18 3 at 7:00 pm IST on November 21st or stream it live on Jio Cinema app and website. The squads for both teams are expected as follows:
India XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Nikhil Poojary, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan