– Photo: Amar Ujala
The Indian football team will take the field against Qatar in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday (November 21) in the second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. This is the toughest challenge India faces in Group A. In such a situation, miraculous performance is expected from the players of Team India. The Indian team’s morale is high after defeating Kuwait 1-0 in the first match of the qualifiers. India will hope to give a tough fight to Qatar on home soil but the visiting team will start as favourites.
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The Indian team had held Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw four years ago and this will act as an inspiration for the team in this match. India surprised the football world by holding Qatar to a goalless draw in the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on September 10, 2019. Qatar were in tremendous form at that time and had won the Asia Cup title in early 2019. Charismatic Indian captain Sunil Chhetri did not take the field in that match due to ill health but he will be eager to showcase his skills at the Kalinga Stadium on Tuesday.