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Coronavirus-free Tajikistan to begin football season

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Tajikistan's domestic football season is kicking off on schedule despite almost every other soccer league around the world having ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The clubs in the landlocked central Asian country of nine million people are largely unknown, even among the world's most ardent football fans.

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India opened their 2019 Intercontinental Cup campaign with a 4-2 loss to Tajikistan. Despite a 2-0 lead going into the second half, India, the heavily fancied hosts, were stunned by a 20-minute salvo that saw Tajikistan score four unanswered goals and snatch the win. 

India had opened the scoring with Sunil Chhetri's panenka in the fourth minute and he doubled it in the 41st with a lovely toe-poked finish. In between those goals, though, Tajikistan dominated for large swathes with...

Tajikistan's four-goal burst in second half flattens India

Sunil Chhetri's first half brace put India 2-0 up, before Tajikistan completed a remarkable turnaround in second half, scoring four goals in 20 minutes to begin their Intercontinental Cup campaign with a win. 


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China keep alive their 2018 World Cup hopes, as Australia and Japan cruise

China completed a remarkable transformation in their 2018 World Cup AFC qualifying campaign after a 2-0 victory over Qatar saw them advance to the third round on the road to Russia. 

Facing elimination if they failed to win in Xian, China brought the game to life just before the hour. Qatari goalkeeper Amine Lecomte saved from point-blank range but was helpless as the rebound was hit against the underside of the bar and bounced out.

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Australia, Jordan cruise in World Cup qualifiers as Thailand, Japan advance

Australia hammered Tajikistan 7-0 in AFC World Cup qualifying in Ange Postecoglou's biggest win as head coach on Thursday.

The Socceroos went ahead through Massimo Luongo in the second minute, then Mile Jedinak slotted home a penalty in the 13th and went into the break at 2-0.

However, the floodgates opened in the second half as another penalty from Mark Milligan made it 3-0 in the 57th minute and Nathan Burns and Tomas Rogic both netted braces in the latter stages to put a gloss on the scoreline.