After a memorable away victory against Kuwait, the Indian national football team returns home to face the formidable Qatar in a sold-out Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, today at 7:00 PM. Despite missing key players due to injuries, including the recent setback with Brandon Fernandes, the home advantage becomes crucial in their encounter with Qatar, who arrive on the back of an 8-1 win over Afghanistan.
The Blue Tigers aim to secure a spot in the 2027 AFC Asian Cup by finishing among the top two teams in their group. While they've never advanced to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the recent 1-0 win over Kuwait has elevated their chances.
As it happened:
- 21 Nov 2023 3:17 PM GMT
A tough moment for India as Qatar adds a third goal in the 85th minute. A defensive lapse allows Mohammed Waad Albayati to find Yusuf Abdurisag, who puts it past a helpless Amrinder Singh. Challenges for the Blue Tigers, but they'll look to finish strong. 🇮🇳⚽ #INDvsQAT
- 21 Nov 2023 2:38 PM GMT
A tough start to the second half as Almoez Ali scores the second goal for Qatar in the 46th minute. Amrinder had the ball from the first attack, but it slipped from his hand, and Almoez Ali seized the opportunity. India faces a challenge, but there's still time to turn things around.
IND 0 - 2 QAT