India Drawn with Iran for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Updated: 14 April 2015 18:02 IST

India have been clubbed with Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam in group D after the World Cup qualifiers draw took place Kuala Lumpur.

India Drawn with Iran for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
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Kuala Lumpur:

India have been drawn in Group D for the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) World Cup qualifiers, according to an All India Football Federation (AIFF) release on Tuesday.

India have been clubbed with Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam in the group after the draw took place on Tuesday here.

Iran, currently ranked 40th is the highest ranked Asian team in the world, while Oman is on the 97th position. Guam are currently laced at the 175th position while Turkmenistan occupy the 159th spot.

India are currently ranked 147th, jumping 26 places after defeating Nepal 2-0 on aggregate in the preliminary qualification round one in March.

India play their first match at home against Oman on June 11 this year while their second match is slated for June 16, away against Guam.

India coach Stephen Constantine said all the team faces a difficult challenge after the draw.

"One doesn't need to explain the strength of Iran and Oman. Iran are the highest ranked Asian country while Oman are a very strong side," he added.

"Regardless of the FIFA Rankings, I am aware of the difficulties of playing against Turkmenistan and Guam. It's a tough draw but it's always better to be in the draw than out of it and we will do all what is possible to get a result."

Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam.

India's matches:

June 11, 2015: India vs Oman

June 16, 2015: Guam vs India

September 8, 2015: India vs Iran

October 8, 2015: Turkmenistan vs India

October 13, 2015: Oman vs India

November 12, 2015: India vs Guam

March 24, 2016: Iran vs India

March 29, 2016: India vs Turkmenistan

Topics : Football
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