India takes on Qatar in a highly anticipated Round 2 match in Bhubaneshwar. With tickets selling out fast, expect the Blue Tigers to have strong support on Tuesday.
In a highly anticipated FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier Round 2 match, India is set to face the formidable Asian champions, Qatar, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar on Tuesday, November 21. Coming off the optimism and determination generated by their recent victory over Kuwait, the Blue Tigers are gearing up for a tough match against a team currently ranked 61st in the FIFA rankings.
India’s preparation for the crucial game has been intense, with a focus on maintaining the defensive solidity that defined their performance against Kuwait. The recent win not only marked a significant start to head coach Igor Stimac’s qualifying campaign but also showcased India’s defensive prowess, keeping a clean sheet against their opponents.
However, the upcoming clash brings memories of their last encounter with Qatar in the World Cup qualifiers, where despite a valiant effort from a ten-man Indian side, they narrowly lost 0-1 to the Asian giants on June 4, 2021. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu emerged as a standout performer in that match, making crucial saves that kept India in contention throughout.
Heading into the contest against Qatar, Gurpreet is carrying a wealth of confidence after his clinical display against Kuwait. The coaching staff and players are drawing inspiration from both recent successes and past experiences, fully aware of the stakes and the formidable competition they are set to face.
The much-anticipated FIFA World Cup qualifier between India and Qatar is scheduled to take place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar on Tuesday, November 21, kicking off at 7 pm IST. Indian fans can catch the action live on Sports18, Sports18 1, and Sports18 3, with streaming available on JioCinema.
As the Blue Tigers brace for the rematch in Bhubaneshwar, the sold-out tickets for the encounter signify the overwhelming support they can expect from the passionate Indian football community on Tuesday. Coach Igor Stimac expresses confidence in his team, stating, “Now our boys believe that they can beat anyone,” reflecting the transformed mindset within the squad over the past few years.