Qatar drawn with N Korea, Lebanon at Asian Cup

Posted May 06, 2018

Hosts the United Arab Emirates, coached by Alberto Zaccheroni, were drawn to take on Thailand, India and Bahrain in Group A while four-time champions Japan play Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan in Group F.

India will open their campaign against Thailand on January 6 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi and on January 10 India will take omn hosts UAE at the same venue.

The political situation between the pair adds intrigue to Group E, which also features Lebanon and North Korea, but Spanish coach Sanchez believes the 2022 World Cup hosts will be focused on their on-field task.

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.

The group also includes Palestine and Jordan.

This will be India's fourth appearance in the Asian Cup.

The AFC President, who made the announcement during the final draw said: "Tonight, we celebrate a new chapter in the glorious history of the Asian Cup here in the UAE".

The prize money is just a host of enhancements introduced to strengthen the stature of Asia's most prestigious competition.

Chhetri was part of the national team in the 2011 Doha Asian Cup, the last time India played in the continental championship. The culmination to this great event will see the Asian Champions bring crowned on the 1st of February.

The new trophy was unveiled by Sheikh Salman and former UAE worldwide Zuhair Bakheet during the Final Draw.

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.

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

The Socceroos have been handed what might be termed an interesting, and definitely testing, group when they kick off their defence of the Asian Cup in the UAE early next year.