FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia: Full Schedule, Teams, Groups, Match Timings in IST, Telecast in India

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick-off in Russia on June 14, with the final scheduled to take place on July 15. Here’s the FIFA World Cup full schedule, FIFA World Cup Timings in IST, FIFA World Cup Groups and Teams. The 2018 FIFA World Cup telecast will be aired on Sony Sports Network channels Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 3

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us as the best teams from each continent take on each other in a bid to be crowned the champions of the world. While teams like Spain, England, France and Portugal would want to make amends with a stronger show this term, champions Germany would want to hold on the trophy once again that they won 4 years ago in Rio. The FIFA World Cup draws attention from all across the globe, but here we try and compile the perfect guide for Indian fans.

The defending champions Germany will start their campaign against Mexico on June 17 and five times champions Brazil will open their season against Switzerland on the same day. Spain, champions for the first time in World Cup 2010, will be up against Portugal in their opening encounter of the group stage on June 15. The semi-finals have been slated on July 11, 12 and final on July 15.

There will be 64 matches in total in Russia, with the hosts kicking-off the campaign On June 14. The 32 teams have been divided into 8 groups, consisting of 4 teams each. The top two teams from the respective group will qualify for the Round of 16.

Here’s how each group (A to H) in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been set up:

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

FIFA World Cup Fixtures(Date and Time in IST):

June 14/6/2018, Thursday

  • Russia vs Saudi Arabia  (8:30pm)

June 15/6/2018, Friday

  • Egypt vs Uruguay (5:30pm)
  • Morocco vs Iran (8:30pm)
  • Portugal vs Spain (11:30pm)

June 16/6/2018, Saturday

  • France vs Australia (3:30pm)
  • Argentina vs Iceland  (6:30pm)
  • Peru vs Denmark (9:30pm)
  • Croatia vs Nigeria (5:30pm)

June 17/6/2018, Sunday

  • Costa Rica vs Serbia (12:30am)
  • Germany vs Mexico (8:30pm)
  • Brazil vs Switzerland (11:30pm)

June 18/6/2018, Monday

  • Sweden vs South Korea (5:30pm
  • Belgium vs Panama 8:30pm
  • Tunisia vs England 11:30pm

June 19/6/2018, Tuesday

  • Poland vs Senegal (5:30pm)
  • Colombia vs Japan (8:30pm)
  • Russia vs Egypt (11:30pm)

June 20/6/2018, Wednesday

  • Portugal vs Morocco (5:30pm)
  • Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (8:30pm)
  • Iran vs Spain (11:30pm)

June 21/6/2018, Thursday

  • France vs Peru (5:30pm)
  • Denmark vs Australia (4:30pm)
  • Argentina vs Croatia (11:30pm)

June 22/6/2018, Friday

  • Brazil vs Costa Rica (5:30pm)
  • Nigeria vs Iceland (8:30pm)
  • Serbia vs Switzerland (4:30pm)

June 23/62018, Saturday

  • Belgium vs Tunisia (5:30pm)
  • Germany vs Sweden (8:30pm)
  • South Korea vs Mexico (11:30pm)

June 24/6/2018, Sunday

  • England vs Panama (5:30pm)
  • Japan vs Senegal (8:30pm)
  • Poland vs Colombia (11:30pm)

June 25/6/2017, Monday

  • Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (7:30pm)
  • Uruguay vs Russia (8:30pm)
  • Iran vs Portugal (11:30pm)
  • Spain vs Morocco (10:30pm)

June 26/6/2018, Tuesday

  • Australia vs Peru (7:30pm)
  • Denmark vs France (7:30pm)
  • Nigeria vs Argentina (11:30pm)
  • Iceland vs Croatia (11:30pm)

June 27/6/2018, Wednesday

  • South Korea vs Germany (7:30pm)
  • Mexico vs Sweden (7:30pm)
  • Serbia vs Brazil (11:30pm)
  • Switzerland vs Costa Rica (11:30pm)

June 28/6/2018, Thursday

  • Japan vs Poland (7:30pm)
  • Senegal vs Colombia (7:30pm)
  • Panama vs Tunisia (11:30pm)
  • England vs Belgium (10:30pm)

Round of 16:

June 30/6/2018, Saturday

  • Group C winners vs Group D runners-up (7:30pm)
  • Group A winners vs Group B runners-up (11:30pm)

July 1/7/2018, Sunday

  • Group B winners vs Group A runners-up (7:30pm)
  • Group D winners vs Group C runners-up (11:30pm)

July 2/7/2018, Monday

  • Group E winners vs Group F runners-up (12:30am)
  • Group G winners vs Group H runners-up (11:30pm)
  • Group F winners vs Group E runners-up (7:30pm)
  • Group H winners vs Group G runners-up (11:30pm)

Quarterfinals:

July 6/7/2018, Friday

  • QF1: Winner (Group C winner vs Group D runners-up) vs Winner (Group A winners vs Group B runners-up) (7:30pm)
  • QF2: Winner (Group E winners vs Group F runners-up) vs Winner (Group G winners vs Group H runners-up) (11:30pm)

July 7/7/2018, Saturday

  • QF3: Winner (Group F winners vs Group E runners-up) vs Winner (Group H winners vs Group G runners-up) (11:30pm)
  • QF4: Winner (Group B winners vs Group A runners-up) vs Winner (Group D winners vs Group C runners-up) (12:00am)

Semi-finals:

July 10/7/2018, Tuesday

  • Quarter-final 1 vs Quarter-final 2 (11:30pm)

July 11/7/2018, Wednesday

  • Quarter-final 3 vs Quarter-final 4 (11:30pm)

Third place playoff:

July 14/7/2018, Saturday

  • Loser of semi-final 1 vs Loser of semi-final 2

Final:

July 15/7/2018, Sunday

  • Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2 (8:30pm)

FIFA World Cup 2018 telecast in India:

The FIFA World Cup 2018 broadcasting rights have been bought by Sony Sports Network and the matches will be aired live on Sony Ten 2/HD and Sony Ten 3/HD.

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Lionel Messi Set To Sign New Barcelona Contract

Argentina’s star footballer Lionel Messi, who recently got married to long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo, will sign a new contract with Barcelona when he returns from his honeymoon in the middle of this month.

As per goal.com, Messi was set to return to the Catalan capital with his family over the weekend, but will now not be back until around July 12.

However, after the wedding, the couple changed their plans and is now in the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for their honeymoon with sons Thiago and Mateo.

It is expected that Barcelona’s players are expected at the training ground in Sant Joan Despi for medical examinations on July 12 ahead of club’s pre-season preparations and Messi will be back by then.

The Argentine will be out of contract in 2018. However, a new deal is all but finalised after months of negotiations between the player, his father, Jorge, and the club.

The fresh agreement will keep the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at Camp Nou until 2021 with the option of one further season.

The 30-year-old, who made his debut for Barca in 2004, won 30 trophies during his time at the Catalan club, scoring more than 500 goals. This new contract could see him retire at Camp Nou, despite him reiterating his desire to end his career at his boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, which he left at the age of 13 to join Barca’s youth academy.

Messi would be hoping that his recent marriage and the imminent signing of his new contract serves as a good omen for his new season, after a disappointing 2016-17 season by his extremely high standards. After the Euros, La Liga and back-to-back Champions League successes that his rival Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed, it would take an extraordinary start to the season for Messi to be crowned FIFA World Player of the Year, with Ronaldo looking the most likely to take home the crown.

(With ANI inputs)

 

Messi, Suarez strike to secure global crown for Barça

A brace from Luis Suarez and a Lionel Messi strike saw Barcelona claim their third FIFA Club World Cup crown with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over River Plate in Yokohama.

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There was no doubt that the champions of Europe deserved to win the match and consequently the tournament with an immaculate all-round display. And while the forward line of MSN, Messi, Suarez and Neymar, will rightfully get the plaudits, Claudio Bravo and Gerard Pique, in particular, did their jobs well to keep the clean sheet.

Alarm bells began to ring for River as early as the 12th minute. Andres Iniesta played a great ball to Messi inside the box. He produced a great shot on the turn which forced an equally good stop from Marcelo Barovero who saved low to his left. The keeper was called into action midway through the half when he claimed Dani Alves’ shot comfortably.

The longer the half remained goalless, the more River’s confidence grew and half chances came. Rodrigo Mora fired a shot from 30 yards which was straight at Claudio Bravo and then Lucas Alario’s shot from the edge of the ‘D’ saw the Barça stopper claim it easily to his right.

Missing from the semi-final with abdominal pain, Messi began to have more of an impact of the game. His well-struck free-kick from 35 yards, was expertly turned away for a corner. However, Barovero was powerless to stop the opening goal nine minutes before half-time.

Dani Alves swung in a cross from the right which Neymar headed into the path of Messi. He turned Jonatan Maidana the wrong way before poking the ball home. However, the goal did not silence the River Plate fans who gave tremendous backing to their team throughout the match.

Suarez almost made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time after Messi played a perfect pass through to the Uruguayan. He ran on to it well to split the defence, but when faced with the onrushing Barovero, he fired wide.

However, the forward made amends four minutes after the break when this time he made no mistake after being presented with a one-on-one opportunity. Great credit must go to Sergio Busquets who won possession before playing a perfect ball for the former Liverpool man.

After the goal, Barcelona threatened to run riot. Neymar teed up Messi on two separate occasions. Both should have yielded goals. The first chance saw Messi fire tamely at Barovero and the second saw him fire wide when he could have easily squared to Suarez.

Another lovely move from Barça made it three. A fantastic ball from Neymar found Suarez in the box and he headed home for his fifth goal in the tournament in just two games.

River Plate had their first chance of the half when Bravo tipped the ball acrobatically over from Lucas Alario’s header. The Chilean had to be at his best in the closing stages to tip a powerful drive from Osvaldo Martinez on to the post. The team and their fans did not show wanting, but they fell short on this occasion.

Source: http://www.fifa.com/clubworldcup/matches/round=275784/match=300338750/match-report.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news_top

ISL: Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blasters 1-0 to win title

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The Indian Super League trophy went to the traditional and most passionate home of Indian football as Atletico de Kolkata edged past Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the final on Saturday, bringing the curtains down on what proved to be a successful inaugural event.

Mohammad Rafique scored the most-important goal in the dying minutes to help Atletico de Kolkata emerge triumphant at the DY Patil Stadium.

It was an exciting finish to the new league as the two teams battled it out for 90 minutes before Rafique found the target in the fourth minute of added time.

Just when it looked like the match would enter into extra time, substitute Rafique drove a header home in the last minute of the stoppage time off a corner kick by Jakub Podany.

Rafique, who came on in the 74th minute, slotted it to the left bottom corner leaving Sushanth Matthew, Sandesh Jhingan and Kerala goalkeeper David James shocked.

Even though Rafique starred with his deciding goal, custodian Edel Bete was the hero for Atletico de Kolkata with his sensational saves.

The southern outfit started well as they created a good chance in the fifth minute. Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra and Iain Hume played well to enter the box but Josemi cleared the ball with a tackle to deny them an opportunity to go one up.

Six minutes later Ishfaq Ahmed took a good left foot shot but it was blocked by the ATK custodian Edel Bete.

The Sourav Ganguly co-owned ATK had a chance in the 25th minute when Arnal Llibert sent the ball through to Mohammed Rafi, but Nirmal Chettri made a last-ditch tackle to deny the forward from entering the box.

Chettri earned a yellow card for his wild tackle but Podany’s free-kick from just over 20m sailed over the post.

Llibert tried to slide the ball past Kerala Blasters’ marquee player-cum manager James in the 35th minute, but the English shot-stopper showed great reflexes and blocked the shot with an acrobatic effort.

Two minutes later, the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters had the opportunity to take the lead when Michael Chopra was clipped by Ofentse Nato while trying to go for the goal.

It earned his side a free-kick but Hume’s superb shot was saved by a brilliant effort by the Cameroonian Bete.

Starting the second half the Kerala outfit created a couple of good scoring chances. Stephen Pearson tried to cross the ball off Ishfaq Ahmed’s pass but Bete pouched it with a good dive.

Ishfaq then, a minute later, made a terrific run to pass the ball inside the box, but Pearson’s shot was wide from the post. Kerala still created another chance in the 52nd minute when Chopra tried to steer Hume’s volley, but ATK’s custodian pulled out another great save to maintain a clean sheet.

Three minutes later, Chopra combined well with Forcado to feed the ball to Hume, but the Scottish-born Canadian Hume delayed taking a shot and allowed the ATK defenders to push the ball away.

It clearly wasn’t Chopra’s night. He missed a sitter in the 83rd minute after doing all the requisite hard work. Collecting the ball from Hume, he took a couple of touches to edge past the defenders, but Bete dived to the left to pull off another stunning save.

Atletico de Kolkata skipper Luis Garcia started on the bench and Spanish forward Arnal Llibert was drafted in his place in the starting 11.

The winners became richer by Rs 8 crore, while the runners-up pocketed Rs 4 crore. League toppers Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa, the two semi-finalists, received a cash prize of Rs 1.5 crore each.

The Hero of the League award went to Blasters’ Hume, while the Golden Boot was won by Chennaiyin FC’s Brazilian recruit Elano Blumer. Sandesh Jinghan was named Emerging Player of the League while scorer of the title clash, Rafique was declared Hero of the Match.

Both the team owners, Ganguly and Tendulkar, came to cheer their teams along with spinner Harbhajan Singh and tennis veteran Leander Paes.

Thailand prevail over Malaysia to win their fourth AFF Suzuki Cup title

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Thailand secured their record-equalling fourth AFF title after a 12-year drought by prevailing against a spirited Malaysia side in the second leg of the Suzuki Cup final in Kuala Lumpur.

After winning Wednesday’s first leg 2-0 in Bangkok, the Thais lost 3-2 on Saturday night at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. But they edged the final 4-3 on aggregate, after scoring two late, away goals.

The War Elephants’ first Southeast Asian title since 2002 sees them tie Singapore for the record of most AFF crowns. It also means that coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has become the first man to win tournament as both a player and manager.

In front of a capacity crowd of more than 95,000 fans, Malaysia made the best possible start when they won a penalty within the first five minutes.

Striker Norshahrul Talaha was brought down in the box by Thai defender Suttinan Phuk-Hom. Although it appeared like minimal contact, the Iranian referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Safiq Rahim coolly converted his fourth penalty of the tournament to give Malaysia a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, to trail 2-1 on aggregate.

Sixty seconds later, there was more activity in the Thailand penalty area as midfielder Azamuddin Akil lunged at the ball only to collide with Thai goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan.

Akil was injured in the exchange and had to leave the field. Coach Dollah Salleh injected veteran forward Safee Sali into the game as Malaysia went on all-out attack.

Thailand slowly found their groove and started to put pressure on the Malaysian defence.

In the 13th minute, lively fullback Peerapat Notechaiya hit the post with his long range effort and the partisan crowd breathed a sigh of relief.

In trying to keep the Thais quiet, several Malaysian players picked up yellow cards. Mohammed Afif Amiruddin (20th), Amri Yahyah (27th) and Indra Putra Mahayuddin (30th) were all left walking a disciplinary tightrope.

Krirkrit Thaweekarn had three shots in the first half, including a stinging effort that bounced awkwardly in front of Malaysian goalkeeper Mohd Marlias and a left footed blast that went wide after the cross from Suttinan.

In the 40th minute, Norshahrul almost doubled Malaysia’s lead when he turned in the box and fired off a shot after some good lead up work by Safiq.

Four minutes later, Thailand striker Kraisorn Adisak was booked for time wasting after going to ground following a tackle.

On the stroke of half-time, Malaysia grabbed the second goal they so desperately needed, to make the final level at 2-2 on aggregate.

Thailand failed to deal with a cross from the right from Norshahrul and veteran Indra Putra Mahayuddin rose high to head the ball into the back of the net to send the National Stadium into raptures with Malaysia ahead 2-0 on the night.

The scoreline seemed unkind to Thailand who had more than their fair share of possession and chances.

After the break, they looked for the vital, away goal that would swing the final back in their favour. In the 48th minute, Krirkrit Thaweekarn found space in the box but his shot was blocked by wing back S. Kunalan.

Malaysia did well to soak up the pressure and frustrate the visitors.

And then on the counter, they earned a free kick on the edge of the area after a Safee Sali pass released Norshahrul, who was clumsily fouled by Suttinan.

Dead ball specialist Safiq produced another pearl of a set piece as his free kick curled into the left corner, beating the sprawling Kawin. After 58 minutes, the home side were 3-0 ahead on the night, 3-2 on aggregate, and seemingly on course for glory.

The momentum was with Malaysia, but Thailand knew that all they needed was an away goal to quieten the crowd.

In the 68th minute, Kraisorn’s dangerous shot from the edge of the area was deflected behind off Afif for a corner.

Malaysia were shown yet another yellow card when Norshahrul was booked in the 75th minute. And then five minutes later, Norshahrul conceded a crucial free kick on the edge of the area.

The Thai free kick by Sarach Yooyen was parried by Mohd Marlias. Charyl Chappuis followed up to tap the ball into the net in the 81st minute to tie it up at 3-3 on aggregate, putting the visitors ahead on away goals.

Thailand made sure of it with a stunning individual effort by Chanathip Songkrasin — nicknamed Messi Jay — in the 87th minute to break the hearts of the Malaysian fans. Chanathip would be later named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

It was scant consolation that Malaysia preserved their unbeaten home record in competitive matches against Thailand, dating back to 1971, with the 3-2 win on the night. It also secured their first victory in the 2014 tournament over Kiatisuk’s side after two previous losses.

Malaysia had come so close to claiming their second AFF title, to go with the inaugural trophy that Dato K. Rajagobal won in 2010. But they can be proud of their efforts, having defeated Singapore, Vietnam and the Thais in the course of the month-long tournament.

Habas congratulates players for fighting display

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Atlético de Kolkata started their Hero Indian Super League campaign on their home turf at the Salt Lake Stadium with lots of flair and aggression while recording a thumping 3-0 win against Mumbai City FC in their inaugural match. Ever since, they have been unable to achieve a single win in their subsequent home matches.

A lot was expected today when they hosted Chennayin FC here in front of a 42,000 plus crowd. But still, the match ended in a barren draw. But Kolkata head coach Antonio López Habas seemed pretty unfazed about their sterile run and expressed satisfaction about today’s result.

“I think we had a very good game today, maybe it was bad luck that we could not score from the chance we created. I congratulate my players and congratulate the crowd which supported our players,” the Spaniard said at the post match press conference.

Habas thought that both teams played a very good game with very high intensity. “Chennaiyin FC has very dangerous players, but we also had the power to adjust our defence to not concede any goals,” he explained.

When it was pointed out that the club had failed to win full points despite having  enough time to recover and having the full team was at their disposal, Habas responded, “I think at this point in the competition every team is trying to win full points, we also tried our best.”

When asked to compare the team’s performance in this goalless draw with the 1-1 tie achieved away against the same opponents in Chennai, Habas said, “I think both the games were very high intensity games. We created many opportunities in both games. I think that is how we play our games, we fight hard, we try everything to win the game. But today, we could not score, so nothing happened.”

ISL ranks among best attended football league in world

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The Hero Indian Super League, inching closer to its halfway mark, has achieved the rare milestone of having registered the highest average stadium attendance for any football league in Asia.

At the completion of match 27 on November 9, the inaugural edition has had an average stadium attendance of 22,639, positioning ISL as the best attended league across Asia, ahead of competitions such as China’s CSL, Japan’s J-League and South Korea’s K-League.

The attendance in stadia across the country has also made India score globally amongst the best football Leagues. ISL ranks the fifth highest football league in average attendance around the world, behind only Bundesliga, EPL, La Liga and Serie A, and ahead of the USA’s popular MLS, French Ligue 1 and Mexico’s Liga MX.

The average attendance ranks ISL as the 11th best attended Leagues across any sport around the world.

“We are delighted by the overwhelming response to the ISL’s inaugural season. We have always believed in the potential of football, and the fans’ support highlights the fact that football in the country needed the right platform.

“The popularity with which the ISL has been received only spurs us on towards realising the eventual dream of giving rise to a footballing nation. We take this opportunity to thank the people of India for extending such great support,” an ISL spokesperson said.

The ISL is already the most watched non-cricketing sport in India with 275 million viewers tuning in over the first three weeks alone. The league has also dominated social media trends notching up over 5 billion impressions on Facebook and Twitter.

Atlético de Kolkata stay top with 2-0 win over NorthEast United FC

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Atlético de Kolkata remain top of the league table after a convincing display against NorthEast United FC, winning by a 2-0 margin. Fikru Teferra Lemessa in the fifteenth minute and Jakob Podaný in second-half injury time gave the away side their second consecutive win of the tournament.

The visitors took control of the match from the get-go and looked full of confidence after their opening day win. Borja Fernández was at it again as he spotted opposition goalkeeper Alexandros Tsorvas off his line and attempted to lob him from just inside the half-line, but Tzorvas managed to back-pedal in time to deny what would have been a fantastic goal. Kolkata attacked in waves and caused problems to the home side’s backline, but the Greek goalkeeper continued his good run from the previous game and thwarted the attack brilliantly.

Tzorvas was, however, finally beaten by an excellent bit of skill by Luis García, who lobbed the ball over the defence for striker Fikru to control beautifully with his chest and smash it home. Kolkata continued to pile on the pressure after the goal, but were unable to double their lead as the Highlanders began to slowly get into the game towards the end of the first half.

 

NorthEast came out with purpose after the break, as they pushed for an equaliser. Skipper Joan Capdevila had the ball in the net in the 70th minute, but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside.

There was a twist late in the game, as Borja picked up a second yellow for pulling back NorthEast substitute Leo Bertos, and was sent off with six minutes left to play. But ten-men Atlético de Kolkata stood firm, and even went on to score a second goal to seal the game, a stoppage-time goal from substitute Jakub Podaný.

Herbert will have a lot to ponder after the missed chances and will want to put on a better show at home against FC Goa on October 19, while Atlético de Kolkata will look to keep their fine form going against Delhi Dynamos FC on the same day.

Source: http://www.indiansuperleague.com/news/643-atletico-de-kolkata-remain-first-with-2-0-win-over-northeast-united-fc

India’s Female Soccer Team Wins 15-0

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The Indian women’s soccer team got its Asian Games campaign off to the best of starts Sunday with something resembling a cricket score against the Maldives, winning 15-0.

India scored nine goals in the first half and six in the second. It had 38 shots during the match, 24 of which were on goal. The Maldives only managed one shot, and it wasn’t on goal.

Two Indian players – Kamala Devi Yumnam and Sasmita Malik – scored five goals each. That is enough to earn the golden boot in some tournaments: At the men’s World Cup in Brazil earlier this year, Colombia’s James Rodriguez was the top scorer with six goals from five games. Germany’s Thomas Mueller was next with five from seven.

A 15-0 win in international soccer is pretty rare. It is even rarer at school and pub level. But India’s win on Sunday was a minor drubbing compared to the 2001 match between Australia and American Samoa, which the Australian men won 31-0. Archie Thompson alone scored 13 goals.

India will have a bigger challenge in its next match, on Wednesday against Asian Games host South Korea. India is 50th in the women’s soccer world rankings, while South Korea is 18th. South Korea beat 29th–ranked Thailand 5-0 on Sunday. India plays Thailand on Sunday, after the Asian Games officially opens.

The Indian men’s soccer team is also competing at the Asian Games. Its first match is Monday, against the United Arab Emirates, the same time as Bangladesh plays Afghanistan and China plays North Korea.

The other team in India’s group is Jordan. The men’s tournament follows the same lines as the OIympics, in that all but three players in each team must be under-23.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2014/09/15/indias-female-soccer-team-wins-15-0/

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