India vs Afghanistan highlights, AFG 0-0 IND, FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier: Blue Tigers miss out on crucial points

AFG v IND: Highlights from the Afghanistan vs India FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifiers match from the Damac Stadium, Saudi Arabia.

Updated : Mar 22, 2024 02:33 IST

File Photo: India's starting eleven before the start of the AFC Asian Cup football match against Syria
File Photo: India's starting eleven before the start of the AFC Asian Cup football match against Syria | Photo Credit: AFP

File Photo: India's starting eleven before the start of the AFC Asian Cup football match against Syria | Photo Credit: AFP

Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the Afghanistan vs India FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifiers match from the Damac Stadium in Saudi Arabia. This was Karthik Mudaliar taking you through the pre-match buildup and bringing you live updates from the clash.

  • March 22, 2024 02:31

    The game ends with a goalless draw with both sides failing to be effecient and prolific with the finishing. India did everything right expect when it came to making the final pass and the moments it did get it right, the finishing was just not up to the mark. The addition of Liston on the right wing did help India create a lot of chances towards the end of the 0, however, no attacker could finish it in the net for the blue tigers. Subhasish Bose’s header in the 79th minute was the only time India came close to the goal in second half. A disappointing outing for the away side as it would hope to do better in the home leg, which is set to be played in Guwahati on March 26. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:21

    Liston plays a cross that reaches Mahesh Singh insside the box, but he takes too much time to fire a shot and the ball is stolen off of him. Big chance wasted by India in the dying embers of the game. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:18

    5 minutes awarded as added time. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:18

    Subhasish makes a crucial tackle at the edge of the box 

  • March 22, 2024 02:14

    India, on the prowl for a goal again pushes ahead. Liston sprints down the right flank and plays as pass inside the box but both, Chhetri and Brandon couldn’t get themselves into a position to receive and score. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:08

    India almost scores as a cross from the corner kick meets Subhasish Bose in the near post but his strong header misses the target, but only just. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:06

    India tries to use pace on the right wing as Liston chanses the ball in the final third on the right. The ball goes out for a corner. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:05

    Mahesh Singh gives the ball away as he found himself with the ball in the final third, however, fails to make a pass in time. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:04

    Afghanistan plays a ball over the box on the far post for Akbari but the ball goes out. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:02

    Manvir Singh, Chhangte and Jeakson have been subbed out. 

  • March 22, 2024 02:00

    Afghanistan could have been through on goal but the pass into the box by Popalzay lacked both power and quality. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:56

    Manvir cuts it into the box for Chhetri but the skipper fails to reach it in time and the ball is cleared away yet again. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:55

    Manvir Singh plays a cross into the box but it is blocked and cleared away by the Afghan backline. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:52
    62’ - Afghanistan misses big chance!

    Afghanistan misses a golden opportunity. A through for Akbari into the box as he reaches the ball. He could have taken a shot, but chooses to square it to Popalzay. Rahul Bheke makes a crucuial interception in front of goal making sure the scores are level!

  • March 22, 2024 01:49

    Vikram and Akash Mishra make way for Brandon Fernandes and Subhasish Bose.

  • March 22, 2024 01:46

    A chance goes begging for India as Akash Mishra wins the ball and dribbles ahead on the left flank. He crosses it in to Vikram but his finish goes off-target. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:45

    India breaks into a counter that seemed fruitful however, Vikram fails to reach a through pass in time in the middle of the park and fouls an opponent instead. Yellow card given. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:42

    India launched a good attack but Manvir found himself isolated in the right wing. He managed to pass it behind to Apuia but his return pass is intercepted easily by Afghanistan. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:39

    Vikram Apuia plays a chip into the box for Vikram who was through on goal as he dribbles from the left but is forced out before he could fire a shot. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:38

    Vikram Pratap was inches away from a dink inside the box as the ball bounces to the Afghan keeper. The home side breaks into a counter but India falls back and crowds its box giving no room for a shot. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:34
    The second half begin!

    Afghanistan resumes the match. India wins the ball back and was through on goal but Akash Mishra goes down after a collision. Ref says no foul and the game continues. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:21

    The game is level at half-time with both sides missing good chances. India is failing to make the final pass in front of goal however, it is controlling the tempo of the game and enjoying the majority of the possession. Afghanistan will be hoping to do better in its finishing since they are doing well on the counter but has no end product to show for. With both sides goalless, the second half will be expected to have more aggressive attacking plays with more players pushing ahead for both the teams. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:17

    India was on the front foot as Chhetri passes it Vikram who pushes the ball out on the left wing for Chhangte. The winger plays a cross-in for Chhetri in front of goal but the ball lacked quality. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:15

    3 minutes given as added time. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:15

    Sharza takes a free-kick from distance and shockingly went for goal. The ball had a lot of movement and was right on target but Sandhu punches it away. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:14

    Poojari makes a crucial block on Afghanistan’s left wing as he stops Skandari’s cross. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:12

    A good move by India but no end product. Manvir plays it to Poojary on the right as he crosses it back in for Manvir. The attacker heads it towards far post hoping to find a teammate for a tap-in but neither Vikram nor Chhetri could make it in time. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:07

    Vikram sprints with ball ahead on the left flank but his cross is cleared away by Afghanistan for a corner. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:05

    Chhetri gets hold of the ball in the middle of the park and tries to pass it ahead to Vikram but ball lost by India. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:03

    Vikram Partap Singh takes a touch too many inside the box as he did get the ball down well inside the box, but took too long to take a chance on gpal. 

  • March 22, 2024 01:01

    Afghanistan breaks into a solid counter attack and pushes ahead in numbers. Ahadi takes aside-footed shot from the right from 15 yards out but the tall-figure of Sandhu saves it comfortably. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:57

    Afghanistan looked like it was about to score after a cross from behind in the middle of the box, but no teammate managed to attack it in time. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:55
    25’ - AFG 0-0 IND

    Chhangte brought down 30 yards out of goal. A free-kick opportunity for India. Bheke heads it towards goal off of the cross but it goes over the post. Score remains level. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:54

    Manvir Singh receives the ball inside the box but he fails to control it and bring it down in time. Big chance squandered by India. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:49

    A chance for Afghanistan as it takes this corner but the cross finds no teammate inside the box. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:46

    Manvir Singh was through on goal after receiving a great delivery from the left inside the box but he is ruled off-side. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:42

    A loose pass by Akash Mishra in his own half gives the ball away to Afghanistan. Skandari tries to forge an attack but ended up passing it behind. The Afghans are holding possesion and passing it around. Eventually, Sharza takes a shot from the edge of the box but it goes a few inches over the post. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:39

    Afghanistan gets a free-kick from 35 yards out. Ahadi steps up to take it and plays it short to Amiri but he puts too much power into his cross and the ball goes out. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:38

    A long ball is played for Ahadi on the right but the ball is forced out for a corner.

  • March 22, 2024 00:35

    Poojary slots an early cross in for Chhangte and his header to the near post is saved. The ball goes out for a corner. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:32

    Afghanistan appeals for a penalty as Akbari goes down in the box after contact with Jeakson Singh but the ref says no foul. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:31

    India kicks the game off and breaks into an attack from the get-go but it goes out for a goalkick. 

  • March 22, 2024 00:18
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  • March 22, 2024 00:14
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  • March 21, 2024 23:58
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  • March 21, 2024 23:46
    Here’s how Afghanistan is set up for tonight!

    Ovays Azizi, Mahboob Hanifi, Haroon Amiri (C), Habibulla Askar, Mosawer Ahadi, Rahmat Akbari, Jabar Sharza, Taufee Skandari, Zelfagar Nazary, Omid Popalzay, Sharif Mukhammad. 

  • March 21, 2024 23:41
    Team India starting XI is here!

  • March 21, 2024 23:40
    Predicted starting XI of Afghanistan

    Afghanistan: Azizi; Nzary, Hanifi, Amiri, Askar; Asekzai, Skandari, Popalzay, Azadzoy; Sharifi, Arezou

  • March 21, 2024 23:40
    Predicted Lineup of India

    India: Sandhu; Bheke, Poojary, Anwar, Mishra; Apuia, Jaekson; Chhangte, Chhetri, Mahesh; Mehtab

  • March 21, 2024 23:26
    Livestream and telecast info

    The FIFA World Cup qualifier between Afghanistan and India match on March 22, 2024 will be streamed live on FanCode.

    The match will also be broadcast live on DD Sports.

  • March 21, 2024 23:13
    Match Preview:

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