Qatar will be feeling confident after their win against Afghanistan in the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifiers, but they cannot underestimate India. In their previous clash, India limited Qatar to just one goal despite being down to 10 men within 17 minutes. This victory sets the stage for India’s upcoming match against Qatar at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
India will face Qatar just five days after their match in Kuwait. The Indian contingent was overjoyed with Manvir Singh’s winning goal at the Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait, and thousands of fans celebrated with the tricolour. However, India is without three first-team regulars due to injuries.
For Qatar’s head coach Carlos Queiroz, this match will be an opportunity to prove himself after a rocky start. He will feel pressure to change Qatar’s football narrative as he did for Iran. India’s strategy, with players like Chhetri and Chhangte in front of Samad and Singh, will test Qatar’s ability to defend against attacks.
All eyes will be on this exciting match between India and Qatar, which promises to be a thrilling contest between two talented teams with different playing styles.