FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier : India vs Qatar Match Preview and Lineups

India vs Qatar




India vs Qatar


FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Match Date:


Match Time:

09:15 AM Indian Time
07:45 PM UAE Time


Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium

Match Live Info

India Disqualified for Fifa 2026 World Cup

Prediction and Preview

Match Preview: India vs. Qatar 

India faces a crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifying third-round match against Qatar in Doha, and they must do so without their iconic player, Sunil Chhetri. This match is pivotal as India's chances of advancing to the next stage hang by a thread. They are currently second in their group with five points, level with Afghanistan and Kuwait. Here’s a detailed look at the scenario and what’s at stake:

India’s current position is precarious after a disappointing draw with Kuwait. They need to secure a positive result against Qatar, the champions of Asia, to keep their hopes alive. The group standings are tight, with Afghanistan and Kuwait both having the same number of points as India. The mathematics of qualification are complex, but essentially, India needs at least a draw to have a chance of progressing, while a win would almost guarantee their advancement unless Afghanistan defeats Kuwait by a significant margin.

Qatar's coach, Tintin Marquez, has decided to rest key players like Akram Afif and Almoez Ali, confident in his team's secure top-spot finish. He has called up a young squad for this set of qualifiers. This young team showed their potential but only managed a 0-0 draw against Afghanistan, which was Qatar's sole non-win in five games of the group. The young players will be eager to prove themselves, understanding the competitive nature of breaking into the main squad.

India, on the other hand, must view this match as an opportunity. With Chhetri out, the responsibility falls on other senior players to maintain the standards he set. Coach Igor Stimac will be crucial in identifying how to make the team work effectively without their star player. Stimac has mentioned he would resign if India fails to progress, adding to the pressure on him to devise a successful strategy.

The match against Qatar represents a significant challenge and an opportunity for India. If they win, their progression to the next round is nearly certain. Even a draw can keep their hopes alive, depending on the result of the other match in the group between Afghanistan and Kuwait. The focus will be on how India’s senior players and the team as a whole step up in Chhetri’s absence and how Stimac adjusts his tactics to optimize their performance.

The match will be held at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on June 11, 2024, with a kickoff at 9.15 PM. It will be telecast on FanCode, with live updates available on This fixture is not just a test of skills and strategy but also of resilience and adaptation under pressure, as India seeks to continue their journey in the World Cup qualifiers.

Predicted Lineups

India possible starting lineup: Costa; Cancelo, A Silva, Dias, Dalot; Fernandes, Palhinha, Vitinha; Bernardo, Ronaldo, Jota

Qatar possible starting lineup: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK); Nikhil Poojary, Rahul Bheke, Anwar Ali, Jay Gupta; Jeakson Singh, Suresh Singh; Lallianzuala Chhangte, Sahal Abdul Samad, Liston Colaco; Manvir Singh

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