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India must turn 'Sorrow of Sharjah' at Asian Cup into fuel for fire

After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate.
Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.
Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner.
Ritsu Doan added to Yuya Osaka's two goals to ensure Asian Cup favourites Japan kicked off their tournament with a 3-2 win.

Japan's J League started in 1993. At the same time, the national team was doing well in qualification for the 1994 World Cup and what would be a first appearance on the global stage. Going into the final game against Iraq in Qatar, the Samurai Blue just had to win to book their ticket. The goal was duly scored, and at halftime the team's Dutch coach, Hans Ooft, wrote "45 minutes to the World Cup" on the whiteboard in the dressing room. Iraq equalised soon after the break, but Japan restored their...

India centre-back Anas Edathodika retires from international football

India centre-back Anas Edathodika has announced his retirement from international football, a day after a hamstring injury forced him off the field within four minutes of the crucial Asian Cup clash against Bahrain in Sharjah. 

"It's been a very hard decision to take and accept. I love (sic) to play more years at my best, but I think it's the time to step down and give opportunities to youngsters who can perform better," Kerala Blasters defender Anas said in a social media post announcing...

After Asian Cup exit, what next for India?

Stephen Constantine's men did it the hard way -- scripting an improbable second-half wipeout of Thailand in a 4-1 win, pushing hosts UAE to the edge but paying for their lack of finishing in a 2-0 defeat, and then reserved their worst for the last. The score might have read only 1-0 to Bahrain, but India were outplayed and outmaneuvered before finally being shown the way out.

What are some of the positives and negatives, and what lies in store for this team, now without Constantine, who stepped...

India pay heavy price for putting attacking instincts into deep freeze

In the biggest match of their lives in the biggest international event they have been a part of in over eight years, India put their attacking instincts into deep freeze, hunkered down in their own half and paid a brutal price. If ever Bahrain, requiring nothing less than a win to progress, needed a sign that the enormity of the occasion had got the better of their opponents, it came a moment close to halftime.

Captain Pronay Halder, who was having an inspired first half, released a pass from the...

Stephen Constantine steps down as coach of Indian national team

Stephen Constantine the head coach of India looks on prior to the AFC Asian Cup Group A match between India and Bahrain at Sharjah Stadium on January 14, 2019
Stephen Constantine the head coach of India looks on prior to the AFC Asian Cup Group A match between India and Bahrain at Sharjah Stadium on January 14, 2019
 

Indian football coach Stephen Constantine stepped down from his job following India's defeat to Bahrain which knocked them out of the Asian Cup and brought a promising campaign to a crushing end.

Constantine, who is in his second stint with India, said his four-year term with the Indians had ended with the Asian Cup and said, "I've been here for four years. My objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian cup and I've done that and we've broken a few records as we'd done that. I'm exceptionally...