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Afghanistan vs India FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers: Preview, Predicted Lineups, Head-to-Head, Teams News, Streaming Platform and more

Blue Tigers scored zero goals in Asian Cup 2023.

Afghanistan vs India FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers
Afghanistan vs India FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers.

Afghanistan vs India FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers: India and Afghanistan in the 2nd Round of FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers on March 22, 2024 at 12:30 am IST at the Damac Stadium in Saudi Arabia. The Blue Tigers will face Afghanistan who are still yearning for victory for their second win.

Preview

In the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Indian team and Afghanistan is in Group A in which group topper Qatar is at the first position with 2 wins and 6 points in 2 matches, followed by Kuwait with 1 win and 3 points in 2 matches. Together they remain in second place.

The same Indian football team is at number 3 with one win and 3 points in 2 matches. However, Kuwait and India have equal points but India’s GD is -2 due to which they remain at third position. Afghanistan remains winless at fourth place in the points table. Till now Afghanistan team has failed to win.

The Indian football team and Afghanistan have been at loggerheads with each other for a long time. Both the teams faced each other for the first time in 1951 when the Asian Cup was organized in Delhi, at that time the team was led by Sailen Manna, the team won the match 3-0, the history of both these teams It is very old.

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Teams Ranking

There has been a huge decline in the ranking of the Indian team in the last two years, the ranking of the team was 104 on 23 June 2022, the highest ranking in these two years was 99, but after the Asian Cup 2023 held on 21 December 2023, the ranking of the team fell. Because Team India had failed to win even a single match and no player from the team had failed to score a goal.

Currently the ranking of Team India is 117. However, the ranking of Afghanistan is also very down because their ranking has continuously declined, the year 2014 was a year in which the ranking of Afghanistan was 122 which was their highest ranking till date, currently they are at 158th ranking.

Head to Head

India and Afghanistan have faced each other 16 times in different tournaments so far, and since 2006, both the teams have played 10 matches in which the Indian football team has shown dominance. The Indian team has won a total of 5 matches, out of which Afghanistan has won one whereas. 4 matches have been drawn. Blue Tiger is also ahead in terms of goals, Indian team has scored 13 goals while Afghanistan has scored 7 goals.

Both the teams were last seen playing against each other in the 2022 Asian Cup Qualifiers match, in which the Blue Tigers were victorious with Sunil Chhetri scoring a goal in the 86′ minute.

On the other hand, Afghanistan’s Amiri leveled the scoreline by scoring a goal in the 88th minute, but Team India won the Blue Tigers by scoring a goal in the 91st minute of extra time by Sahal Abdul Samad.

Teams News

India (Blue Tigers): The recent form of the Indian football team has been very poor as the team had lost all the matches against all the teams in its group in the Asian Cup last year, and even one player of the team failed to score a goal. Had to face defeat against Australia by 2-0, against Uzbekistan by 0-3 and against Syria by 1-0. This was the team’s worst performance in its lifetime in which not even a single player could score a goal in the entire tournament. The team won 4 out of its last 10 matches and played 5 matches while one match was drawn against Kuwait in the SAFF Championship.

Light team coach Igor Štimac has included three new young talents in the team which include Amey Ranawade, Jay Gupta and Imran Khan as other faces. These three players can potentially get a chance against Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Afghanistan entered the FIFA rankings in 2003 and since then the team has performed consistently and is currently ranked 158. The team has won only two out of the last 10 matches, while 5 have been lost and 3 have been drawn.

Where can you watch the Afghanistan vs India match?

The match between Afghanistan and India for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers on March 22, 2024, will be streamed live on FanCode, and Television broadcasting on DD Sports.

Predicted Lineups

Indian Football Team (4-4-2)

  • Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
  • Defenders: Jay Gupta, Amey Ranawade, Nikhil Poojary, Akash Mishra
  • Midfielders: Mahesh Singh Naorem, Imran Khan, Mahesh Singh Naorem, Sahal Abdul Samad
  • Forwards: Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri

Afghanistan (4-3-3)

  • Goalkeeper: Ovays Azizi
  • Defenders: Maruf Mohammadi, Habibulla Askar, Amanullah Sardari, Najim Haidary
  • Midfielders: Farshad Noor, Rahmat Akbari, Noor Husin
  • Forwards: Jabar Sharza, Mohammed Muntari, Mustafa Azadzoy
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