AFC Asian Cup 2019: India clubbed with UAE, Thailand and Bahrain

AFC Asian Cup Draw : As It Happened

AFC Asian Cup Draw : As It Happened

With captain Sunil Chetri on stage as part of the draw, India found themselves in Group A of the Asian Cup to be played in United Arab Emirates from January 5 next.

Asian Cup titleholder Australia faces Syria, a team the Socceroos defeated in a World Cup playoff in October, as well as Palestine and Jordan.

Meanwhile, Group C features Asian giants Korea and China together, while Group D has pitted Iran and Iraq together.

Japan, who have won the event a record four times, are expected to sail through to the round of 16 from Group F which also includes Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been drawn in Group E with Lebanon and North Korea.

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Eight venues across the United Arab Emirates will play host to the competition, with Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City Stadium hosting the final on 1 February.

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.

Defending champion Australia will renew its rivalry with Syria at the Asian Cup finals after being drawn alongside the Middle Eastern nation.

The prize money is just a host of enhancements introduced to strengthen the stature of Asia's most prestigious competition. They had finished runners-up in 1964 and were ousted from group stages in 1984 and 2011.

UAE are ranked the highest in the group - 81.

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Recollecting his experience from 2011, Miranda suggested that comparatively India are placed in an easier group and the left winger believes that maybe the team can make it to the knock-out stage. This time also it's hard but like I said we still have a chance.

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

"The AFC Asian Cup gives us the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best of Asia and play against players who many of whom play in many a Premier League across Europe, and other parts of the world".

The Philippine Azkals have a tough group waiting for them when they begin their historic first ever AFC Asian Cup campaign in early 2019.

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