x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Not a sliver of hope for Indian football fans

The Indian football team were not good enough against UAE in the 2014 World Cup qualifier first leg on Saturday night and sports lovers will likely focus on cricket again.

As Rohit Balendra described it, an hour before kick-off last night, India were 90 minutes from re-emerging as a footballing nation. And the UAE were 90 minutes from keeping them on the outside looking in for another four years.