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.
Guwahati: Head coach Igor Stimac and captain Sunil Chhetri are looking at the positives despite India falling to a heartbreaking late defeat to Oman in their opening Asian Qualifiers Group E match on Thursday.
Just when India started thinking Chhetri's 24th minute goal would be enough to claim the first three points of their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, Rabia Alawi Al Mandhar struck twice in the final eight minutes to secure the win for Oman at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
Doha: Qatar coach Felix Sanchez believes his side has been given a major boost following Thursday's comfortable 6-0 victory against Afghanistan in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
A hat-trick from this year's AFC Asian Cup MVP and Golden boot winner Almoez Ali as well as goals from Hassan Al Haydos, Abdulkarim Hassan and Boualem Khoukhi at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium gave Asia's reigning champions a perfect start to their campaign.
Doha: Almoez Ali bagged a hat-trick as 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar began their title defence journey with an emphatic 6-0 win over Afghanistan in Group E of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
A huge crowd at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium greeted the Qatari players in their first home appearance since lifting the Continental trophy in the UAE back in February.