AFC Asian Cup 2019 Draw: India in Group A with United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain
The Indian football team will face off against hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain 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 .
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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.
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