FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier: Horrible refereeing decision haunts Indian football team. angry internet

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier: Horrible refereeing decision haunts Indian football team.  angry internet

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier: Horrible refereeing decision haunts Indian football team.  Angry Internet - See

India lost to Qatar in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage match© X (formerly Twitter)

Poor refereeing deprived India of the chance to secure a historic entry into the third round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers, while fancied Qatar took advantage of a controversial goal to emerge 2-1 victorious on Tuesday. India took the lead thanks to Lallianzuala Chhangte’s goal in the 37th minute, but disaster struck when the referee ruled Yousef Aymen’s goal fair after the ball appeared to have gone out of play. The hugely controversial decision disrupted India’s momentum as Asian champions Qatar scored their second goal through Ahmed Al-Rawi in the 85th minute. In another final second round match, Kuwait beat Afghanistan 1-0. Qatar and Kuwait thus advanced to the second round.

THIEFEEEEES | With this goal from Qatar 🇶🇦, India is being eliminated from going to the 2026 World Cup.

The theft that India is suffering is incredible 🇮🇳 with this goal, the ball left the field. Abuse.

pic.twitter.com/BT53E7JEAW

— Gian Franco Zelaya (@gianfzelaya) June 11, 2024

Playing just five days after the international retirement of possibly the best footballer in the country. Sunil Chhetrinot many gave the beleaguered 121st ranked team a chance, but Igor Stimac’s charges turned things around in style and seemed to be on their way after Chhangte’s goal.

Chhangte, the 27-year-old winger from Mizoram’s Lunglei, struck the ball accurately into the bottom corner after a diagonal pass from Brandon Fernandes.

This is unpleasant. India has been robbed.#indianfootball pic.twitter.com/fbRwJA74Zy

-Hari (@Harii33) June 11, 2024

After receiving the ball, he made no mistake as he outwitted his marker and broke the deadlock to silence the hosts’ fans at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

It was a redemption of sorts for Chhangte as he found the back of the net after failing to convert two chances created by Brandon.

The goal also made Chhangte India the highest scoring active player with 8 goals.

A good number of Indian fans also came to the venue and, at times, outnumbered the home crowd in applauding after Chhangte’s goal.

Before Chhangte attacked, Manvir Singh had a great chance to put India ahead but he failed to complete the task.

This was after Qatar squandered the chance to draw first blood thanks to a brilliant save from Mehtab Singh, who stooped to clear the ball as it crossed the line.

For the record, this is the first time Qatar has trailed in FIFA World Cup qualifying so far.

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