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...
Player ratings: Afghanistan 1 - 1 India
India still remain a threat from set-pieces.
It took until the 93rd minute for India to put a decent set-piece into the Afghanistan box.
Defensively all over the place in the first half, and for some reason seemed unwilling to get numbers into the box during moments of attacking promise in that same period.
Manager rating out of 10 -- 5 Igor Stimac's gameplan was pretty evident from the off, take the game to the hosts, exert...
South Korea were happy to have made it back from Pyongyang in one piece after Tuesday's brutal 2022 World Cup qualifier, a Korean FA official said, also describing the physical encounter as being "like war."
The game, the first between the two teams on North Korean soil in 30 years, ended as a 0-0 draw and was played out in front of empty stands. There was no broadcast of the game after the North refused to screen it live.
Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still...
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.
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...