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India holds Nepal, enters second round

India held a dominant Nepal to a goalless draw here on Tuesday in its 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one, second leg match to advance to the second round with a 2-0 aggregate.

India and the other five round one winners will join the 34 highest-ranked teams of the continent in the second round. The 40 countries will be drawn into eight groups of five teams each and will compete in a double round-robin format.

The round two qualification matches will be held between June 11 and March 29 next year. The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) of round two will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup as well as the 2019 Asian Cup finals.


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