Suni Chhetri scored his 76th goal for the national team.
Uzbekistan club Nasaf beat ATK Mohun Bagan 6-0 in the single leg inter-zonal semifinal playoff.
Anirudh Thapa's 60th minute equaliser helped India draw against Nepal.
A 1-1 draw with Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings helped Bagan top Group D to go through.
The 28 teams have been divided into eight groups, with all the group winners securing qualification for the tournament.
A Hossein Zamani wonder goal cancelled out an Ovays Azizi own goal as India drew Afghanistan 1-1.
Brandon's instinctive and accurate passing makes him special, and possibly India's most valuable asset.
"I've never been fitter than now. The hunger of playing for the country is still there," Chhetri said.
Chhetri's two goals in 13 minutes flipped the narrative on its head and lifted Indian morale.
Chhetri's two second half goals helped India go third in the group with a win over Bangladesh.
A win vs Bangladesh would boost India's chances of a 3rd place finish in the qualifying group.
Mohammedan Sporting are returning to the I-League after a gap of seven years.
Mohammedan have been involved in two wins and two police complaints over the course of a dramatic week in Indian football. Here's how it unfolded.
Ali has submitted expert medical opinion to the AIFF, suggesting he should be allowed to play under certain conditions.
Ali had this week sought a legal stay on AIFF's order directing Mohammedan Sporting to stop him from training.
Ali is suffering from a heart condition called left apical ventricular hypertrophy which was detected last year.
The Asian Football Confederation has moved two matches in its elite club competition from Iran to neutral venues because of security concerns.
India will get an additional AFC slot in 2021, including a possible direct entry into the AFC Champions League group stage.
India were punished for yet another slow start and showed little promise going forward in their loss to Oman.
India lost to Oman 1-0 in the fifth group game of the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier in Muscat to all but end their World Cup dream.
What are the key areas that need addressing for the Indian football team ahead of their crucial clash against Oman?
The Aghanistan result summed up the Stimac era perfectly -- glimpses of potential, moments of quality but no final product.
India's winless run in the World Cup qualifiers continued after a 1-1 draw with Afghanistan.
India's attack struggled to find their mark as a wasteful India required a 93rd minute equaliser to claim a point against Afghanistan.
Lack of goals from open play and defensive injuries are a big concern of India ahead of the crucial qualifier against Afghanistan.
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