India will face Qatar in their second Group E game of the round two joint qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Qatar, on Tuesday.
|Game||Qatar vs India|
|Date||Tuesday, September 10|
|Time||10:00 pm IST|
How To Watch
The Star Sports Network will be broadcasting the match in India on TV as well as their digital platform.
|TV channels||Online stream|
|Star Sports 3||Hotstar/Jio TV|
Qatar Possible XI:
Injuries: Karim Boudiaf
Players to watch: Almoez Ali, Yusuf Abdurisag
India Possible XI:
Players to watch: Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan
Qatar, 2022 World Cup hosts and defending AFC Asian Cup champions, dismantled Afghanistan 6-0 that was powered by Almoez Ali's hat-trick in their campaign opener.
Felix Sanchez's side made good use of their early chances that included two strikes by Almoez inside 11 minutes. Yusuf Abdurisag's crosses from the right side were on mark and it was from his delivery in the fourth minute that Qatar opened their scoring. India's left back Subashish Bose and Ashique Kuruniyan will have to be on red alert and deal with Yusuf Abdurisag and Pedro.
Qatar's second and third goals displayed fluidity in their passing and quick transistion into the opponents box which signifies that they do not necessarily rely on deliveries from the flanks - another reason why the Indian backline will have to be on their toes throughout.
The scoreboard kept ticking even after Qatar suffered a setback when Sanchez was forced to take off injured midfielder Karim Boudiaf. Other than Almoez, it was Hassan Al Haydos, Abdelkarim Hassan and Boualem Khoukhi who found the back of the net on Thursday.
While Qatar are not keen on possession, the pace with which they move the ball will be a challenge for India.
On the other hand, Igor Stimac's side surprised all in the way they started the game against Oman. India dominated on the pitch in the first half, with skipper Sunil Chhetri striking home from a clever free-kick taken by Brandon Fernandes.
Concerns in the center of the park after Amarjit Kiyam was ruled out due to injury were put to rest going by the way Anirudh Thapa and Rowllin Borges won the second balls and linked up play going forward. The number of chances creates is a testament to the same. Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan tormented on the flanks and the former was unlucky to hit the crossbar early on in the game.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was also on top of his game, making at least three spellbound saves in the match. However, India weren't able to withstand the pressure in the last few minutes, having dropped deeper into their own half. The shape of the backline completely broke down in the last 10 minutes when both the goals were conceded. The defence was the only let down on the evening.
However, expect India to strive with all their weight under an improved tactical performance under the Croat coach. It all boils down to how the Blue Tigers will defend against arguably the best team in Asia.