India’s stunning victory against Kuwait at the Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait brought overwhelming joy to the Indian contingent, as thousands of fans celebrated with the tricolour. This win sets the stage for India’s upcoming match against Asian Champion Qatar at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on June 2nd.
Just five days after their match in Kuwait, India will face Qatar, who comes into the game after defeating Afghanistan 8-1 in their opening fixture in the second round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifiers. However, India is without three first-team regulars due to injuries.
Qatar will be feeling confident after their win, but they cannot underestimate their lower-ranked opponent. In their previous clash, India limited Qatar to just one goal despite being down to 10 men within 17 minutes. For Qatar’s head coach Carlos Queiroz, this match will be an opportunity to prove himself after a rocky start.
Queiroz will feel the 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 as both teams strive for victory.