The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar is set to host the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between India and Qatar on November 21st, at 7:00 pm IST. In their previous game, India emerged victorious against Kuwait with a goal from Mohun Bagan’s forward Manvir Singh. On the other hand, Qatar has been one of the strongest teams in Asia, with three points in their last game against Afghanistan. Despite being the clear favourite, an invigorated Indian team supported by their home crowd could potentially pull off a win against them.
India’s mixed results in 2023 have been a cause for concern as they remain unbeaten at home. However, their draw against Qatar in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2019 will serve as motivation to further strengthen their position in Group A today. With India’s recent successes and Qatar’s formidable opposition, this match promises to be an exciting spectacle.
The match between India and Qatar will be live telecasted on Sports18 1, Sports18 1HD, and Sports18 3. It will also be available for streaming on the Jio Cinema app and website. Here are the 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, Sunil Chhetri