AFC Asian Cup 2019 Draw: Qatar in Group E with Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and DPR Korea

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The Qatari football team will face off against Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and DPR Korea in the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup to be held in January 2019...

 

 

India have been drawn into Group A along with hosts United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup to be kicked off in January.

The team coached by Stephen Constantine topped their group consisting of the Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar and Macau in the third playoff qualification round to earn an entry into the draw from Pot 3. Being the hosts, UAE were automatically drawn into Group A. Thailand and Bahrain were drawn from Pot 2 and 4 respectively. 

UAE and Bahrain will meet in the opening game of the tournament on January 5, 2019. India will take on Thailand on the very next day at the  Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi .

In their second group game, India will lock horns against hosts UAE at the Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi on January 10. In their final group clash, they face old foes Bahrain at the Sharjah Stadium on January 14.

India and Bahrain had come up against each other in the 2011 edition of the competition on the exact same date as well. India succumbed to a 2-5 defeat to crash out of the group stage seven years ago. 

United Arab Emirates are ranked 81 and are the only team with a better FIFA Ranking than India in Group A. Thailand are placed 122 and Bahrain occupy the 116th spot. 

Defending champions Australia have drawn Syria, Palestine and Jordan in a fiesty Group B. 

Kyrgyz Republic, who qualified alongside India through the playoffs, will face the Asian big boys Korea Republic and China PR alongside debutants Philippines. 

The best ranked team in Asia, Iran (36) have been drawn alongside rivals Iraq, Vietnam and Yemen.

Group E at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup will see a fierce battle between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon and DPR Korea.

Japan, one of the 2018 FIFA World Cup participants from Asia, will meet Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan in Group F. 

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