India to begin second round of FIFA World Cup 2022 Asian Qualifiers campaign against Oman on September 5

The Indian football team will begin its FIFA World Cup 2022 Asian Qualifiers second round campaign at home to Oman on September 5.

The Indian men's football team will host Oman on September 5.   -  AFP

The Indian men's football team will begin its FIFA World Cup 2022 Asian Qualifiers second round campaign against Oman on September 5, 2019.

The draw ceremony held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday saw India grouped alongside 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar, Oman and neighbours Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Group E.

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For their second match, Igor Stimac's men will travel to Qatar on September 10, before hosting Bangladesh on October 15. This will be followed by away games against Afghanistan on November 14 and Oman on November 19.

India will then host 2022 World Cup host Qatar on March 26, followed by a trip to Bangladesh on June 4. The Blue Tigers will finish their campaign on June 9 when they host Aghanistan.

Full schedule of India's matches

September 5 - India vs Oman

September 10 - Qatar vs India

October 15 - India vs Bangladesh

November 14 - Afghanistan vs India

November 19 - Oman vs India

March 26 - India vs Qatar

June 4 - Bangladesh vs India

June  9 - India vs Afghanistan

The Indian football team will automatically seal a berth in the final round of qualifying if it finishes second in Group E, behind Qatar which is already assured a spot in the 2022 World Cup as the host.

The 40 Asian nations have been split into eight groups of five teams each and a total of 12 teams, the eight group winners and the four best runners-up, will then advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup.

The Indian football team will automatically seal a berth in the final round of qualifying if it finishes second in Group E, behind Qatar which is already assured a spot in the 2022 World Cup as the host.

The 12 teams that advance will then be slotted into two groups of six teams each in a double round-robin format. The four best teams in the final round of qualifying will then secure a spot at the World Cup, while a fifth team will go to the intercontinental play‑offs.