In June, the Indian national team will fly to Qatar to play their remaining 2022 World Cup qualifying games against Qatar, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, respectively. Goal.com takes a look at all the results India has had playing in Qatar. Read more about World Cup Qualifiers 2022: India’s Performance in Qatar over the years below.
Igor Stimac’s side will play Qatar, the hosts and group leaders, on June 3, Bangladesh on June 7, and Afghanistan in their final qualifying game on June 15.
Let’s take a look at the Indian team’s success in Qatar over the years.
When did India first play in Qatar?
In 1994, India traveled to Qatar for the first time to compete in the Qatar Independence Cup. They only won one of their four matches, losing the other three.
Jiri Pesek of the Czech Republic coached the team, which was headed by V.P. Sathyan.
1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
India played three FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on their second outing. They beat the Philippines, drew with Sri Lanka, and lost to the hosts.
AFC Asian Cup 2011
India qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar for the third time in its history in 2011 under Bob Houghton’s leadership. India had a poor season, losing all three of their group stage matches by a large margin.
2022 World Cup Qualifiers
India’s 0-0 draw with Qatar in September 2019 under Igor Stimac was perhaps their best foreign performance.
2012 (Unofficial friendly)
In 2012, India defeated Qatar in an unofficial friendly match at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, winning 2-1. In the 16th minute, Sunil Chhetri scored from the penalty area, and Sushil Kumar Singh added the second. Mohammed Razak netted the single goal for Qatar.
To summarize, India has played 11 games in Qatar, winning three of them. They’ve drawn twice and lost six times so far. It would be interesting to see how the team can boost their record and win any games this time around.
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