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FIFA World Cup 2026: India lose to Qatar 0-3 in second round qualifier


FIFA World Cup 2026: India lose to Qatar 0-3 in second round qualifier


India have lost to Qatar 0-3 in the second round qualifier match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup at Bhubaneswar on 21 November. This defeat also marks an end to the 15-match unbeatable streak of the Indian side.

For the visiting side, Moustafa Tarek Mashal scored at the 4th minute, Almeoz Ali in the 47th minutes and Yusuf Adurisag in the 86th minute.

India have been seeking inspiration from their famous 0-0 draw against Qatar four years ago, however could barely create scoring chances. The players did get a couple of opportunities at the fag end of the first half, but wasted them.

For the home team, the losing margin could have been more, had Qatar not missed several chances while dominating throughout the 90 minutes at the Kalinga Stadium.

Current head coach of the India national football team, Igor Ĺ timac, is still hopeful to finish second in Group A and qualify for the third round for the first time following their 1-0 win over Kuwait in their away match on 16 November.

Looking at the match, India’s defence appeared weak from the very beginning after they conceded a goal in the 4th minute as Moustafa Tarek Mashal ensured the football hits the nets.

(This is a developing story)

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Updated: 21 Nov 2023, 09:41 PM IST


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