In the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier at Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar, India faced off against Qatar and came up short in a 3-0 loss. Meshaal scored the latest goal for Qatar, taking advantage of a loose ball in India’s box after just four minutes. Despite a strong start from Qatar, they were unable to extend their lead in the first half.
In the second half, Qatar continued to apply pressure on the Indian defense with Akram Afif missing a close-range opportunity and causing trouble with his set-piece delivery. Amrinder Singh saved Afif’s shot, but Almoez Ali was able to slide in and score. Substitute Yusuf Abdurisag added a third goal with a header at the near post. India had few opportunities to score, with players like Anirudh Thapa and Sahal Abdul Samad missing chances.
While India’s midfielders performed well, the team’s forwards failed to trouble the champions of Asia. The match can be relived through a live blog on our website.