In­dia qual­i­fies for 2019 Asian Cup

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

In­dia on Wed­nes­day be­came the third team through to the Asian Cup 2019 fi­nals af­ter drub­bing Ma­cau 4-1 in a Group A qual­i­fier in the In­dian city of Ben­galuru on Wed­nes­day. It was In­dia's fourth con­sec­u­tive win and its per­fect record meant that it joined Group D's Pales­tine and Oman as the con­firmed teams through to the fi­nals, along­side hosts United Arab Emi­rates. It is the third time that In­dia has qual­i­fied for the Asian Cup fi­nals, the pre­vi­ous be­ing in 2011 and 1984.

Pakistan foot­ball body sus­pended

The world gov­ern­ing body, FIFA, an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that it has sus­pended the Pakistan Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (PFF) for "third-party in­ter­fer­ence". The suspension cen­tres on an in­ter­nal feud at the PFF. This led a court to ap­point an ad­min­is­tra­tor to run its af­fairs in vi­o­la­tion of FIFA re­quire­ments that such a body be man­aged in­de­pen­dently.

Chile’s Vi­dal re­tires from na­tional team

Ar­turo Vi­dal said he is re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball with his "soul crushed" af­ter Chile failed to qual­ify for the 2018 World Cup fi­nals. Vi­dal missed Chile's fi­nal shot at qual­i­fi­ca­tion on Tues­day through suspension, the South Amer­i­can cham­pi­ons los­ing 0-3 to Brazil to miss out on the tour­na­ment in Rus­sia next year on goal dif­fer­ence. Vi­dal, 30, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to step down on Twit­ter.

Ex-Arse­nal star Mer­son in shock come­back

For­mer Arse­nal and Eng­land mid­fielder Paul Mer­son is mak­ing a shock re­turn to foot­ball at the age of 49 to play for Welsh min­nows Caerau. Mer­son, who won 21 Eng­land caps, was part of the Arse­nal team that won the first di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship in both 1988-89 and 1990-91 as well as the 1993 FA Cup and Euro­pean Cup Win­ners' Cup in 1994.

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