2022 World Cup and Asian Cup Joint Qualification: India vs Qatar, India vs Bangladesh, India vs Afghanistan- Previews, Team News, Match Discussions and More

The Indian national team is all set to face Qatar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualification matches this month.

Igor Stimac’s side are currently placed fourth in Group E with three points from five matches. Qatar top the table with 16 points while Oman are hot on their heels with 12. India are nearly out of contention for the top two spots but a third-place finish is well within the reach of the Blue Tigers. That will book them a direct berth in the third round for the 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers.

In this thread, we shall be covering all three qualification matches between 3rd June to June 15th. Join in the discussion and share your views on the various matches and anything in between

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Group E Standings

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Indian national team squad

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh.

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gehlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose.

Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Anirudh Thapa, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Apuia, Abdul Sahal, Yasir Md, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique K.

Forwards: Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita.

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Team News

Skipper Sunil Chhetri makes his return as head coach Igor Stimac named a 28-man provisional squad for India’s upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers which will be held in Qatar.

After traveling to Doha in mid May, the Indian national team had sought to play a practice game against the Philippines. However, the fixture required a clearance from the Health Ministry of Qatar. The team had sent a letter to the concerned authority but could not get the required green light for the fixture to go ahead.

India, earlier in March, played friendlies against against Oman and UAE in Dubai that ended in a 1-1 draw and 6-0 defeat respectively.

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:rotating_light:MATCHDAY :rotating_light:

:soccer: India :india: Vs :qatar: Qatar

Who will come out victorious? :fire:

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Where and when to watch the game in India?

The Star Sports network will telecast the game on TV. The broadcast will start live at 10:30pm Indian Standard Time on Star Sports 2/ Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi/ Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Bangla

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India vs Qatar previous meetings

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Igor Stimac has overseen a poor spell in charge of the Indian side with one win in his 12 matches. They are winless in qualification in a low-scoring campaign whereby there has been just eight goals in their five matches so far.

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Qatar are unbeaten with five wins and a draw in six matches that has seen them score nearly three goals per game. Obviously, they are already qualified for the World Cup as hosts but they will still come into this as the comfortable favourites.

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Watch India vs Qatar last meeting

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India’s Top scorer’s in World Cup qualifying matches

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Here’s what gaffer Igor Stimac and captain Sunil Chetril had to say at the Pre-Match Press Conference :studio_microphone::memo: yesterday, on the eve of the clash against Qatar :qatar: :raised_hands:

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How can India Qualify for 2023 Asian Cup?

:dart: There are plenty of opportunities for :india: India to qualify for the Asian Cup even if they fail to finish 3rd or even 4th. It’s the matter of easing up the process with good results in the remaining games.

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Igor Stimac :speaking_head:

Each one of our players understand what it means to have Sunil Chetri back in the team and on the pitch with them.

They will go out with more courage with him around. It’s a great pleasure working with him. I will try everything in my abilities to keep him playing as long as possible. He trains in every training session as if he is 25 and plays as if he is 25. He is scoring goals and I am happy that he can encourage our players.

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The Blue Tigers :tiger: have arrived…

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The Line-ups are out :raised_hands:

Here’s the XI that will start the game for the Blue Tigers :tiger: today :star_struck:

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:page_facing_up: Here’s Qatar :qatar: national team lineup for tonight’s game against India

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:india: 0-0 :qatar:

India’s Rahul Bheke SENT OFF. It looked like an unintentional handball, but the Indian has been shown his second yellow of the night. India down to 10 men with just over 70 minutes left to play.

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32’ - Goal! Qatar has broken the deadlock.

:india: 0-1 :qatar:

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𝐇𝐀𝐋𝐅 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄!

Vital save by Gurpreet to deny Abdelkarim right at the stroke of HT

It’s been a brave display by our Blue Tigers :tiger: despite being down to 10 men

Let’s keep up the fight, boys! :facepunch:

:india: 𝟎-𝟏 :qatar:

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