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Fans star as insipid 'Indiaaaaa' revert to normal

On Tuesday, in a crucial World Cup qualifier, India salvaged a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh with a last-gasp goal from a corner. From the high of Doha, Indian football seems to have returned to its normal resting state: oh-no-not-this-again.

Forty-five minutes of insipid football from the Indians was followed by a forty-five of chaotic endeavour. They over-complicated set pieces. They over-simplified open play. They did not defend well. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu went from hero who stopped Qatar to the...

Ratings: Shaky Sandhu 3/10 as India drop points at home again

Adil Khan's late equaliser helped India avoid a shock defeat against lower-ranked Bangladesh in their third group game of the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday. Despite an improved second-half performance, the hosts will rue their poor start, and particularly some sloppy defending that cost them two points in a game they were favourites to win. 

Report: Adil saves India's blushes against Bangladesh


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Disappointing India salvage last-gasp draw

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India produced a disjointed performance, and only an opportunistic goal from Adil Khan in the 82nd minute helped the hosts salvage a point against Bangladesh in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Salt Lake Stadium. 

Bangladesh, who produced a spirited away performance, especially when defending, had taken the lead through Saad Uddin in the 42nd minute, and had a few more opportunities to double the lead in the second half, but were left to rue tired bodies and minds that switched off for one...

Iran must allow women into stadiums - FIFA pres

FIFA has urged Iran to lift their 40-year ban on women in football stadiums.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described Iran's stadium ban for women as "unacceptable," calling on the country to lift restrictions ahead of their next home game.

Attention on the ban intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a football stadium.

Infantino said in a statement: "Now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next...

Hong Kong fans turn back on Chinese anthem

Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem
Hong Kong fans turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem.

Thousands of Hong Kong football fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before their World Cup qualifier against Iran on Tuesday, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm.

The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong," a song reflecting their campaign for more democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

After the match started, fans chanted "Fight for freedom" and "Revolution of our Times." One person carried a blue...