India’s victory over Kuwait in the Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium was met with jubilation from fans, who waved the Indian tricolour in celebration. This win sets up India’s next match against Asian champions Qatar at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
The two teams will face off just five days after their clash in Kuwait. Qatar, having won 8-1 against Afghanistan in their opening fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifiers, is feeling confident heading into this matchup. However, India remains a formidable opponent and cannot be underestimated.
India is missing three first-team regulars due to injuries, but they still have players like Chhetri and Chhangte who can lead attacks against Qatar’s defense. For Queiroz, this match presents an opportunity to prove himself after a rocky start as head coach of Qatar. He will feel pressure to change his team’s football narrative and show that they are capable of beating lower-ranked opponents like India.
Fans are eagerly anticipating this exciting match between two talented teams with contrasting playing styles. Both sides will need to play smart and execute well if they want to come out on top.