In Asian Cup football qualifiers, Sunil Chhetri-led Indian football team begins its bid to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup with a match against Asian champions Qatar in Doha tomorrow. Although it is a combined qualification tournament, combining the 2022 World Cup, India are out of contention for the game’s biggest tournament.
India’s other qualification matches are against Bangladesh on 7th of June and Afghanistan on 15th of June. There is a huge difference in both the quality and rankings of the two teams.
While Qatar are ranked 58th, India are 105th. However, Indian players will draw inspiration from the last time they put up a fight with Qatar and managed to have a goalless draw, in a World Cup qualifying match in 2019, at the same venue in Doha.