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Qatar 2-1 India Replay | 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Published at :June 11, 2024 at 10:01 PM
Modified at :June 12, 2024 at 12:03 AM
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8:45 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Qatar vs India match in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The kick-off is just 30 minutes away! I am your host Aishwarya Chakraborty and will keep you company through what promises a fascinating football evening. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Qatar vs India – Build-up

India will finish off their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers second round journey with a tricky trip against defending AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar on Tuesday (11 June). After a disappointing outing in Sunil Chhetri’s final game, the Blue Tigers desperately need a win to keep their dream of reaching the third round of qualifiers alive and well.

Even though they face a Qatar team without many of their stars from the Asian Cup success, it’ll still be a tricky task for Igor Stimac’s men to get a win against one of Asia’s very best.

The Blue Tigers have suffered several hiccups in the second phase of their FIFA World Cup second-round qualifiers. With the recent draw against Kuwait and poor results against Afghanistan, India have failed to keep the equations simple for qualifying for the third round. To do so, they need a victory and hope Afghanistan doesn’t defeat Kuwait in their final match.

Qatar were surprisingly held to a draw by Afghanistan recently, but that’s because of how young and inexperienced their squad for these qualifiers are. Having already topped their group, the Maroons have nothing to play for in these matches anymore.

However, the promising young guns of the Qatar side will look to impress their home crowd by putting in an attractive performance against India.

Vikram Partap Singh is back in the India squad after missing the last game due to suspension. However, the likes of Subhasish Bose, Amey Ranawade and Lalchungnunga have been excluded from the India squad travelling to Qatar. The Maroons, meanwhile, should have the same squad that travelled for the Afghanistan clash.

After having an underwhelming game against Kuwait, Lallianzuala Chhangte will have even more responsibilities against Qatar. The Mumbai City star, however, needs to be more proactive inside the box to work his magic for India. He needs to cut into central areas and try to get the ball as close to the goal as possible.

The 24-year-old has proven to be a versatile asset for his national team over the last few years and his adaptability makes him a key player in this Qatar squad.

Abdurisag can not only play as a forward, but also in either of the wings and even as an attacking midfielder if necessary. He’s coming off a decent 2023-24 season with Al-Sadd, having scored six goals and provided two assists in 24 games.

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