India vs Qatar: FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Highlights | Qatar stays top of the table after a 3-0 victory over India

Qatar beat India by 3-0 in their second game in the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Qatar beat India by 3-0
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India vs Qatar: Preview

India will face the defending AFC Asian Cup Champions Qatar at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Qatar are currently the World's No.61 and Asia’s sixth-best team and will put many challenges for the Indian team in the second game of Group A in the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The Indian team is coming after defeating Kuwait by 1-0 in an away fixture while Qatar will be facing the Blue Tigers after a commanding 8-1 victory against Afghanistan. So, they would like to continue their dominant run by beating India at the Kalinga Stadium.

Match Details:

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India vs Qatar: Where to Watch in India?

The 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier match between India and Qatar will be live telecasted on Sports18 1, Sports 18 1HD, and Sports18 3. The match will also be live streamed on the Jio Cinema app and website.

India vs Qatar: Head-to-Head Record

Qatar beat India by 3-0
India vs Qatar: Head-to-Head Records Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

India vs Qatar: Starting XI


India made five changes from the last game.
























Qatar beat India by 3-0
AIFF signs MoU with Odisha Government in front of Arsene Wenger

Arrival of Team India

The Dream is Alive

Arsene Wenger chants at the Kalinga Stadium

Some Arsenal fans in the stands were chanting for Arsene Wenger. He comes out for a bit, has a bit of a chat with AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey, and returns back inside.

10 minute away from the Kick-Off!

India vs Qatar: 1st Half Kick-Off

Qatar starts the game with keeping possession.

Early opportunity for Qatar | 2'

Qatar starts an early attack from the left flank but Akram misses big chance from right in front of the goal.

Goalllll!!! for Kuwait | Mustafa Mashal strikes for the visitors | 4'

Indian defenders fail to clear the ball and Qatar takes the early lead from a corner. Mustafa Mashal comes up with a clinical finish as Qatar goes ahead.

Complete chaos inside the Indian box | 7'

India have to be more clinical with their passes during the buildup from the back as Qatar are pressing aggresively.

Jhingan to the rescue | 14'

Afif runs across the pitch into the box and receives a great ball from Haydos but the attacker fails to convert the chance, thanks to Jhingan.

Jhingan sees the yellow card | 16'

The ball was up in the air and Jinghan jumped to attempt an air duel with Khouki but elbowed him accidentally.

Corner for Qatar | 19'

Nothing comes out from the corner as Jhingan was right there to block the header.

Jhingan to the rescue again | 20'

Sandesh Jinghan makes a brilliant block after Qatar takes a shot from outside of the box. Amrinder tried to clear the ball but unfortunately gave away the ball to a Qatari striker which awarded the visitors the golden opportunity to extend the lead.

Solid save from Amrinder | 22'

Afif was through on goal from the left wing and takes a shot towards the near post but Amrinder Singh makes a solid save to nullify the opportunity.

India are still nowhere in the game | 26'

India is trying to build its counterattacks from the left wing but is yet to make that final pass on goal. They haven't yet tested the Qatari shot-stopper.

Still no final pass in the box from India | 28'

Chhangte and Thapa play a good one-two on the left flank but the ball goes out for a throw-in. India are slowly trying to make a comeback into the match.

Chhangte to the Rescue | 30'

Brilliant effort from Chhangte as he holds the line to clear the ball out.

Amrinder with a World Class save | 31'

Mashaal was so close to scoring his second and extending the lead as he was completely unmarked inside the box during the corner kick. His header is saved by a diving Amrinder Singh, a world-class save.

Brillinat play but no outcome | 35'

For the first time, India looked lively in the attack but failed to test the goalkeeper. Thapa plays an amazing pass back from a crowded area in the box for Apuia and the ball was nicely set for him, but his shot goes way over the cross-bar. Golden opportunity but no outcome.

Another Golden Chance for India | 40'

Chhangte makes a quick run on the left flank and makes a cutting pass across the box almost finding Udanta, but Amin makes a crucial interception to nullify it.

Chance after Chance but still no outcome | 42'

Thapa was in for a goal after Qatar made a blunder in front of the goal, but the number seven took a poor outer-foot shot that went wide. What a chance for India and they have to be more clinical if they want to make a comeback in the match.

India (0) - Qatar (1): Half Time

Qatar dominated the first 30 minutes. They found the goal in just 4 minutes into the game and thanks to Jhingan and Amrinder, they couldn't extend the lead further. Qatar is playing confidently and is looking more comfortable on the ball. The last 15 minutes were all India but they weren't so clinical in front of the goal. Thapa had the nicest opportunity but couldn't find the equalizer.

2nd Half starting soon

The players are ready and India have a target set for the second half, and so does Qatar too.

Arsene Wenger on India’s performance in the first half

“India needs to take the hand-brakes off and play with a little bit more tempo in the second half. They should also be a bit more tighter in marking attackers and go for it in the second half.“

India vs Qatar: 2nd Half Kick-Off

The second half starts and Qatar are on the attack.

2nd Goallll!!! for Qatar | What an exciting start from Qatar | 46'

Khouki lofts the ball inside the box and finds Afif who takes the shot, but was saved by Amrinder. The keeper couldn’t hold the ball and Moez Ali scores from a rebound.

Qatar are keeping the possession | 50'

The visitors are looking more comfortable and confident on the ball. India are trying to wind a way to make a comeback into the match.

India are not comfortable on the ball | 56'

Qatar might extend its lead soon if India doesn’t get hold of the ball.

Qatar on the attack | 58'

Qatar with a brilliant counterattack as Afif bullied two Indian players and passed Mansour but the attacker loses his balance and missed the chance.

Substitution for India | 63'

Sahal replaces Thapa.

Sahal wastes the Golden Chance | 65'

Suresh plays a beautiful ball to Sahal beating three defenders and the substitute takes a few touches and tries to find the bottom right corner, but completely misses the target.

Half chances but India have to take that | 67'

Apuia plays a long ball to Chhangte who gives it back to Poojari’s overlapping run but the wing-back’s cross fails to find any Indian player.

India are coming close | 73'

Mahes came so close to scoring after Sahal made the perfect ball set up for a shot but the forward lost his balance and took a poor shot.

Substitutions for Qatar | 77'

Mohammed Waad replaces Hassan Al-Haydos

Qatar misses another one | 78'

Muntari comes close to extending the scoreline as he takes a shot from the edge of the box but misses the target.

Substitutions for India | 83'

Rahul KP and Pandita come in for Chhangte and Chhetri.

3rd Goalll!!! for Qatar | Abduri Sag strikes | 86'

Waad plays a cross towards Abdurisag who was unmarked and he heads the ball into the net for the third goal.

Substitution for Qatar | 88'

Bassam Al Rawi comes in for Pedro Miguel

Added time | 90+1'

The ref gives four additional minutes as stoppage time.

India squanders big chance | 90+2'

Rahul fiers down the wing and makes a great pass into the box towards Mahesh’s run, but Ishan Pandita blocks the shot after a communication error betwen the players. India wastes a big chance.

India (0) - Qatar (3): Full Time

Qatar cruises past India comfortably and are now at the top of the table. Qatar kept creating opportunities against the struggling backline of India. The Blue Tigers too made a few decent chances but in the end, couldn’t find the net. A disappointing night for India.

Key Events

Match Details:

India vs Qatar: Where to Watch in India?

India vs Qatar: Starting XI

India vs Qatar: 1st Half Kick-Off

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