Qatar is set to face off against India in a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar on November 21 at 7:00 pm IST. The Indian team, known as “The Blue Tigers,” has been on a roll, winning their last game against Kuwait in an impressive 3-0 victory. Meanwhile, Qatar is one of the strongest teams in Asia and has dominated opponents with their excellent play. Despite being the clear favorites going into the game, an invigorated Indian team supported by their home crowd could potentially pull off a win against them.
In recent years, India has had mixed results but remains unbeaten at home. Their most recent success was a goal scored by Mohun Bagan’s forward Manvir Singh that gave them three critical points against Kuwait. Additionally, India famously held Qatar to a 0-0 draw in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers of 2019 and will be looking for another solid performance today to strengthen their position in Group A further.
For those interested in watching the match live, it will be telecasted on Sports18 1, Sports18 1HD, and Sports18 3. It will also be streamed live on the Jio Cinema app and website. Here are some expected squads for both teams:
India XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Nikhil Poojary, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra; Lalengmawia, Suresh Wangjam, Sahal Abdul Samad; Lallianzuala Chhangte