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India handed tough draw for 2018 FIFA qualifiers

New Delhi: The Indian football team has been drawn in a tough group alongside top Asian nation Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam for the second phase of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The draw took place yesterday in Kuala Lumpur. Iran is the top-ranked team in the Asian Football Confederation at 40th in FIFA charts, while Oman is ranked 97 in Group D.

India, courtesy their 26-place jump to 147 in the latest world rankings, were placed in Pot 3. India had made the leap after defeating Nepal 2-0 on aggregate in the first round of qualifiers for the showpiece event in Russia.

The Asian qualifying competition begins on June 11, 2015 and runs until March 29, 2016.

The countries that finish top of the eight groups and the four best second-placed teams will progress to the third and final qualification phase for the World Cup in Russia.

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