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AFC moves Asian Champions League matches out of Iran

No Iranian side has won the Asian Champions League since it was created in 2002.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has shifted two preliminary matches in its elite club competition from Iran to neutral venues because of security concerns, Asian soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

Shahr Khodro FC were scheduled to host Bahrain's Riffa and Esteghlal FC were set to play Kuwait SC on Tuesday but both Asian Champions League matches were postponed after several governments issued warnings against travelling to Iran.

"To help facilitate the switch to neutral venues, which...

Friendly trials done, time for Igor Stimac to prove his worth

Following India's 1-1 draw against Syria in the Intercontinental Cup, a tournament in which the hosts ended bottom, with one point from three games, coach Igor Stimac took a not-so-subtle dig at India's previous management.

"I was not brought here to give just few wins and losses and be nowhere. It is easy to play against certain teams below the range [lower ranked opponents] and get the win. I am not here for that."

Under their previous coach Stephen Constantine, India had done remarkably well...

As it happened: Narender Gahlot's first senior goal helps India draw against Syria

Narender Gahlot scored his first senior goal to put India in front, but Syria won a late penalty to earn a draw. As a result Syria will miss out on the final, where Tajikistan will play North Korea.

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Stimac blunt after India's collapse: 'We don't have great defenders'

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India opened their 2019 Intercontinental Cup campaign with a 4-2 loss to Tajikistan. Despite a 2-0 lead going into the second half, India, the heavily fancied hosts, were stunned by a 20-minute salvo that saw Tajikistan score four unanswered goals and snatch the win. 

India had opened the scoring with Sunil Chhetri's panenka in the fourth minute and he doubled it in the 41st with a lovely toe-poked finish. In between those goals, though, Tajikistan dominated for large swathes with...

Tajikistan's four-goal burst in second half flattens India

Sunil Chhetri's first half brace put India 2-0 up, before Tajikistan completed a remarkable turnaround in second half, scoring four goals in 20 minutes to begin their Intercontinental Cup campaign with a win. 

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