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Qatar wary of India's threat


Doha: Qatar will not make the mistake of taking India lightly when the two sides face-off in their Asian Qualifiers Group E tie at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Tuesday.

India kicked off their Asian Qualifiers campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with an agonising 2-1 late defeat to Oman while Qatar cruised to a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Matchday One.

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The reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, however, expect a stern test from India.

“India had a good match against Oman, despite the defeat,” said defender Pedro Miguel. "They also performed well in the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year and they are always improving.

"We know that they are a good team and we respect them.”

Despite expecting a tougher challenge from India than what Qatar faced against Afghanistan, the 29-year-old Al Sadd player said three points are a must for the West Asians.

“We know exactly what is required from our side and we know how to deal with our opponents,” he said. “All the matches are not easy to deal with and hopefully, we can be in a good form in order to win.”

Goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham said he believes that “they (India) have good ambition to show their best and stand against us.

“We are ready for the match as we know that the Indian side are one of the more improved teams,” he said.

“Indian football has improved a lot and we should be wary of their ambitions during the match,” added the 21-year-old Al Sadd custodian.

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