Today, November 21, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, India will face off against Qatar in a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match. The Indian team, known as “The Blue Tigers,” has just emerged victorious in their first match of the group stage against Kuwait on November 16 at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City.
On the other hand, Qatar is considered one of the strongest teams in Asia and recently gained three points in their last game by dominating Afghanistan with an impressive 8-1 win at home. Although Qatar is widely viewed as the favorite going into this match, an invigorated Indian team supported by their home crowd has the potential to pull off a surprise upset. Winning against Qatar would significantly increase India’s chances of qualifying for the tournament.
In recent years, Team India has had mixed results but has remained unbeaten at home. During their previous encounter with Kuwait, a goal from Mohun Bagan’s forward Manvir Singh was enough to secure critical three points for India. Additionally, in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers of 2019, India famously held Qatar to a 0-0 draw and will be looking to replicate that performance today.
When and where to watch the match:
The FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier match between India and Qatar will take place on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm IST at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. The faceoff between these two teams will be live telecasted on Sports18 1, Sports18 HD