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India will take on Qatar in AFC Cup qualifiers

India will now face Qatar on 3rd June. It will be a high-octane clash with both teams depending on counter-attacking moves. The next clash for India will be against the neighbors Bangladesh and the last of the month will be against another Asian challenger Afghanistan. 

The qualifier will be played in Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. The match will stream live on Eurosport HD and Jio TV at 9:30 pm.

 The hopes are once again lying on captain Sunil Chhetri as he is still a prolific goal-scorer for the Indian team. India was supposed to play a friendly match against the Philippines which was canceled due to unfortunate circumstances. It might be a setback for team India to play without a practice match.

Performance in previous matches by both the teams

Qatar has shown good performance in the previous matches. They also have a home advantage. India has shown a good performance status outside India. The FIFA ranking of Qatar is 55 whereas India is in the hundreds.

Qatar has lost one match, drew one, and won three matches. Qatar has all its players in good shape with zero injuries. On the other hand, India has lost 2 and drew three matches in the world cup qualifiers. India has played with Qatar and the match ended with both the team scoring one goal each. Sunil Chhetri’s return in the playing 11 is a huge motivation for the team.

India will take on Qatar in AFC Cup qualifiers
India will take on Qatar in AFC Cup qualifiers

Key players in the match against Qatar

Akram Afif – Qatar

Named the AFC Player of the Year in 2019, Akram Afif remains a talismanic figure for Felix Sanchez’s side with his goal scoring and creativity vital in the attacking third of the field for the reigning AFC Asian Cup holders.

Afif’s experience of playing overseas during stints in Spain with Sporting Gijon as well as a spell in Belgium with Eupen, have given him experience beyond his 24 years and, in tandem with Almoez Ali, he was instrumental in Qatar’s AFC Asian Cup win.

Sunil Chhetri – India

A legend of Indian football, 36-year-old Sunil Chhetri has shown few signs of slowing down despite reaching the latter stages of a remarkable international career in which he has scored 72 times in 115 appearances.

A wily operator across the front line, the Bengaluru forward led India to their first AFC Asian Cup qualification in 27 years when they appeared at the tournament in Qatar in 2011, with Chhetri scoring twice at that tournament before netting twice again – both coming in the 4-1 win over Thailand – in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

 

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