Asian Cup: Qatar drawn with Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and DPR Korea

06 May, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Angel Logan
  • AFC Asian Cup Draw : As It Happened

Hosts the United Arab Emirates, coached by Alberto Zaccheroni, were drawn to take on Thailand, India and Bahrain in Group A. The Blue Tigers will be firm favourites to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition behind UAE, Bahrain and Thailand are both lower ranked teams than India, and considering the recent form, India have a high chance of getting past the group stages.

The Philippines, making its debut in a tournament that has expanded from 16 teams in 2015 to 24, drew powerhouse South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.

Meanwhile Bahrain head coach Miroslav Soukup said: "What can I say, we have a very interesting group because we're playing against the hosts in the opening game in front of 50,000 to 60,000 spectators, it will be great for our team".

This is India's fourth qualification in the AFC Asian Cup.

Group E: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, North Korea.

The Zayed Sports City Stadium will also host the final on February 1, 2019 after 28 days of enthralling action with the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium and Al Nahyan Stadium hosting the remaining matches in Abu Dhabi.

Indian football fans were overjoyed after the draw as they are now hopeful that Chhetri and Co. can put up a good show in the tournament.

The next Asian Cup is the first to feature 24 teams.

"I was part of the national team in 2011 in Doha last time when we played in the Continental Championship".

The Asian minnows were winless in the group stage of 2011 Asian Cup.

What a beauty! #AsianCup2019 trophy and the official match ball.

The Philippine Azkals were again put in a hard predicament after being placed in Group C for their maiden appearance in the Asian Cup slated January in the United Arab Emirates.

The top two pots consist of teams who has progressed to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for AFC countries.

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