AFC Asian Cup Draw

AFC Asian Cup Draw

Saudi Arabia and Qatar were drawn in the same group for the 2019 Asian Cup, increasing the ongoing political edginess to a tournament eight months away.

Defending champions Australia were handed an intriguing draw for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup during a gala ceremony at the world's tallest building - the Burj Khalifa - here on Friday.

Chhetri says Team India is confident of positive performances in the continental tournament.

The two nations faced off in a tense World Cup playoff in September, with the Australians narrowly advancing, and both will also meet Palestine and Jordan in Group B. "We have always been a force to be reckoned with in the AFC Asian Cup but the recent results give me confidence that we will win the title for the fourth time", said Daei.

The AFC President added: "I have no doubt that the UAE, one of the Continent's most dynamic and visionary countries, will be the flawless stage for this historic tournament. But I still feel we have a chance to get something out from this group".

The host nation will be looking to improve on their second place finish the last time the competition was held in the UAE in 1996, but will face formidable opponents in India and Thailand who complete the cast in Group A. Can you remember the last time we played against South Korea or Iran? The team has shown that they can compete and win matches. "It's a big honour to be hosts, but it will be very, very hard".

"We have to give 100 per cent, especially in the first game to qualify from the group stage". The first match is important. But we're not in a group that can not be cracked.

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".

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