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India ratings: Adil Khan 3/10 as sloppy India pay for passive second half

Much like most of their recent performances, it was a tale of two halves as India followed a brilliant, attacking first-half display with a passive approach in the second, meaning Oman came back from a goal down to win 2-1 in Guwahati in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Sunil Chhetri gave India the lead from a brilliantly worked set piece early on as India dominated early proceedings. But Oman came back strongly in the second period, with Al Mandhar scoring two late goals...

India stunned as Oman complete late turnaround

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India were denied at the death, with Oman's Al-Mandhar Al Alawi scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes to give the visitors a come-from-behind 2-1 win in their opening encounter of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying group game in Guwahati.

Al-Mandhar scored in the 82nd and 90th minutes to overturn a superb Sunil Chhetri strike in the 24th minute that had ignited Indian hopes in a bright first half performance. Oman were deserving winners on the whole, especially in a pacy second...

Report: FIFA mull Oman, Kuwait if '22 World Cup expands to 48 teams

FIFA is considering Oman and Kuwait as hosts of some matches at the 2022 World Cup if the tournament, to be staged in Qatar, is expanded from 32 to 48 teams, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The World Cup will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams in 2026 but FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed bringing forward the enlarged format to 2022.

World soccer's ruling body did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

A decision is expected in June, although FIFA has already warned it...

Pim Verbeek quits Oman, calls time on managerial career

Oman coach Pim Verbeek resigned from the post on Wednesday with the former Australia and South Korea boss calling time on a managerial career spanning almost 40 years.

The 62-year-old took charge of the Oman national team in 2016 and guided them to a Gulf Cup triumph the following year and to the last 16 of the Asian Cup for the first time last month.

Oman FA chief Salem bin Saeed Al Wahaibi called an emergency board meeting on Wednesday and accepted Verbeek's resignation even though his contract...

Australia thrash Oman in AFC Asian Cup warmup match

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Australia captain Mark Milligan is happy his side is getting "into the habit of scoring goals" after the defending champions thrashed world No. 82 Oman 5-0 in an Asian Cup warm-up.

The Socceroos got off to a lively start with goals to Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis in the first 13 minutes, with former Adelaide United striker Awer Nabil adding a third on 23 minutes at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Sunday.

The procession continued after the break with centre half Milos Degenek scoring...