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The match

Afghanistan v India, 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers

Venue: Dushanbe, 14 November 2019, 7.30 PM IST

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India need a win. It is as simple as that.

With just two points in three matches, any chances of challenging Oman for the second spot* hinge on positive results in Dushanbe and in Muscat on the 19th. India have been topsy-turvy all campaign long. A superb first half performance against Oman was thrown away in a hapless second half that saw the Omanis win...

The hills have legs: A portrait of Manipur's thriving football community

What does the abrupt end of a road being built, poppy fields and the Golden Triangle have to do with Indian football? This is not a Mastermind quiz with Folklore from a Hoary Past as its specialist subject. This is contemporary reality in Indian football, belonging to one corner of the vast geography that is touched by it. Among the 500 or so footballers who will turn up for the senior ranks in the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League over the next few months, 57 come from Manipur, the place of...

India salvage a point, while Bangladesh make one

Have you ever heard the sound of sixty thousand hearts breaking simultaneously? It sounds like, well... nothing. Just a vast, sudden, emptiness where there once was a wall of noise.

It's eerie.

On Monday, Jamal Bhuyan, captain of the Bangladesh national football team, all swagger and smirking confidence, had promised he'd break Indian hearts. On Tuesday, he did just that. It was his wicked delivery that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu flapped at, that Saad Uddin turned in to give Bangladesh the surprise lead...