India lost to Oman 1-0 in the fifth group game of the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier in Muscat to all but end their World Cup dream.
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India paid the price for sitting back on their lead in the second half as Oman ran away with a late winner.
Sunil Chhetri seemed to have put India on course for victory in the AFC qualifiers , but two late goals from Oman undid the hosts' hard work.
Their performance today will indicate if India have any realistic chance of finishing in the top two in their group in this round of WC qualifying.
FIFA is considering adding Oman and Kuwait as hosts alongside Qatar if the 2022 World Cup expands from 32 to 48 teams.
Oman coach Pim Verbeek resigned from the post on Wednesday with the former Australia and Korea boss calling time on a 40-year managerial career.
Australia captain Mark Milligan is happy his side is getting "into the habit of scoring goals" after the defending champions thrashed Oman 5-0.
Former Socceroos boss Pim Verbeek has been confirmed as the new coach of the Oman national team.
South Korea chalked up a 2-0 home win over Canada as Kim Bo-Kyung and Lee Jeong-Hyeop struck inside the first half hour.
China completed a remarkable transformation in their 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Qatar to advance to the third round.
Australia hammered Tajikistan 7-0 in AFC World Cup qualifying in Ange Postecoglou's biggest win as head coach on Thursday.
Australia's record-scorer Tim Cahill grabbed a first half hat trick as the Asian champions eased to a 4-0 victory over Bangladesh.
North Korea, Qatar, Thailand and Jordan all won on Tuesday to maintain their group leads in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.
Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0 on Thursday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of
Radamel Falcao scored a penalty as Colombia controlled the second half to defeat Kuwait 3-1 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Malaysia coach Dollah Salleh says his nation will need better preparation for international matches in the wake of Thursday's humiliating 6-0 defeat in the friendly against Oman in Muscat.
Suzuki Cup finalists Malaysia were handed a reality check after an inexperienced line-up fell to a 6-0 defeat to Oman in an international friendly in Muscat on Thursday night.
Oscar and Neymar scored as Brazil rallied past France 3-1 in a friendly on Thursday.
Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee.
With pre-tournament favourites Australia and South Korea making it through to the 2015 Asian Cup quarterfinals from Group A, Oman and Kuwait showed enough quality that bodes well for the future.
Oman secured their first Asian Cup victory in almost 11 years and third place in Group A in the 2015 edition with a 1-0 victory over Kuwait in Newcastle on Saturday.
Australia's comprehensive 4-0 win against Oman in the 2015 Asian Cup was their most complete performance since their 6-0 thumping of Uzbekistan in the semifinals of the 2011 tournament. The Socceroos have scored eight times in two Asian Cup matches with eight different goal scorers.
Australia and South Korea progress to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup from Group A after winning their matches against Oman and Kuwait in Sydney and Canberra respectively.