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Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

How India have fared at the AFC Asian Cup

Sunil Chhetri scores against Bahrain during the 2011 Asian Cup.
Sunil Chhetri scores against Bahrain during the 2011 Asian Cup.

India have qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with their 4-1 win over Macau in Bengaluru on Wednesday. They have sealed qualification in some style in a tricky group, with two matches to spare.

This will be India's fourth appearance in the Asian Cup finals. How have they fared in the previous three tournaments, and what remains their best show ever? Let's wind the clock back and find out.

1964 Israel, Runners-up

P - 3, W -2, L - 1, GF - 5, GA - 3

The 1964 edition...

Balwant's brace takes India closer to AFC qualification

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Balwant Singh has now scored three goals in three matches for India.

Substitute Balwant Singh scored twice in the second half to help India beat Macau 2-0 in their third match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Estádio Campo Desportivo in Macau on Tuesday.

Balwant, who replaced Eugeneson Lyngdoh at the start of the second half, provided a direct approach which India lacked in the first half despite dominating possession. Balwant's first goal came in the 57th minute, when he headed in Narayan Das' cross from the left. He came close in the 61st, but his header...


Syria-South Korea World Cup qualifier moved to Malaysia

War-torn Syria's World Cup qualifier with South Korea has been moved from Macau to Malaysia, the Asian Football Confederation told Agence France-Presse on Thursday.

Macau was a late withdrawal as host after talks between Syria and Macau broke down. South Korea, unsure about Tuesday's match, cancelled their bookings for the southern Chinese territory, AFP reported.

An AFC official told AFP via email that the match would be held at the 20,000-seat Paroi Stadium in Seremban, south of the Malaysian capital...