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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...

India get third AFC slot for 2021, possible direct ACL group entry

Indian clubs are set to get an additional slot in AFC competitions in 2021, possibly with a direct entry into the AFC Champions League (ACL) group stages. It would be the first time an Indian team would feature in Asia's elite club competition in more than 30 years -- Goa-based Salgaocar were the last team to feature in group games of the erstwhile Asian Club Championship in 1990-91.

This would mean apart from the one slot for the ACL, India would get two slots for the AFC Cup. 

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3/10 Chhetri sums up uninspired India

India's hopes of World Cup qualification are all but over after yet another disappointing display that saw them lose to Oman 1-0 in Muscat on Tuesday. Oman dominated the first half and failed to convert a penalty early on before taking the lead in the 33rd minute. With three draws and two losses from five games so far, India are currently fourth in the group with just three points.       

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India's display improved in the second half and...

India's World Cup dream all but over after Oman loss

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India produced yet another indifferent display, losing 1-0 to Oman to all but get eliminated from chances of further progress in 2022 World Cup qualification.

Oman's Muhsen Al Ghassani scored a first half goal, after having missed a penalty earlier in the match, to take three points and Oman into second position on 12 points in India's group, just behind Qatar, who have 13. India, with three points from five matches, are now mathematically out of running for topping Group E, and can only finish...

Afghanistan draw a warning for Igor Stimac to back up style with substance

It's the fourth minute of India's crucial World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan. India have hogged the ball since kick-off and have been passing it slickly amongst themselves, one-touch at times, yet patient, probing. Suddenly, Brandon Fernandes senses an opening. With Ashique Kuruniyan, Sahal Abdul Samad, and Sunil Chhetri drifting toward him (left, left-centre), Fernandes switches play to the opposite flank with a delicious crossfield. Pritam Kotal traps it before marauding forward, plays a...