In an electrifying clash in the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2, the Indian men’s football team, fresh from a triumphant victory against Kuwait, is gearing up to face Qatar on Tuesday. The stage is set for a riveting encounter at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, where India seeks to continue its winning streak.
After securing a narrow 1-0 win against Kuwait, India is brimming with confidence, but the team faces a potential setback with the doubtful status of Manvir Singh, the hero of the previous match. His absence could pose a challenge for the Indian squad as they go head-to-head against a formidable opponent like Qatar, who kicked off their campaign with a resounding 8-1 victory over Afghanistan.
Despite Qatar’s recent good form, India draws inspiration from their previous showdowns, notably the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers when goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu delivered a stellar performance, making 11 crucial saves to hold Qatar to a goalless draw on their home turf.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Gurpreet expressed optimism, saying, “Maximum points with the least work possible is a goalkeeper’s dream. I want the players in front of me to enjoy, get on the scoresheet, and give us the win.”
The key details for the much-anticipated match are as follows:
For those unable to witness the action in person, the match will be broadcast live on Sports18 1, Sports 18 1HD, and Sports18 3. Additionally, the Jio Cinema app will provide live streaming, ensuring fans don’t miss a moment of this thrilling India vs Qatar clash. Stay tuned for what promises to be a pulsating battle for supremacy on the football field.