Who will India face in the group stages?

Philippine Azkals meet China, Kyrgyzstan and South Korea in Group C of Asian Cup

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which brings together the top 24 teams of the continent, will be held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1, with the Azkals taking the pitch on January 7 against Korea.

Chhetri was part of the national team in the 2011 Doha Asian Cup, the last time India played in the continental championship.

"I think it's a group from where we can qualify to the knockout stage".

Speaking at the draw, Chhetri said: "The AFC Asian Cup is an enormous opportunity for us and we are looking forward to it".

Hosts UAE, who were positioned in first place in Group A, will kick-off Asia's most prestigious tournament against Bahrain at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 5, 2019.

Sunil Chhetri selected the two kids who will travel for 2018 FIFA World Cup to be the official match ball carriers in two matches. As for now, first 5 teams in Asia play in the World Cup, so to reach there we have to be in the top 10 and stay there.

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"When we play the game against Saudi for sure there is three points and both teams will need them and we are going to treat them like any other game and thinking only about football. I could not have asked for anything more". They are competing with the best in Asia. I believe on our day we can beat anybody. Four best third-placed teams from the groups will also progress to the next round.

Bengaluru FC, established in 2013, are now in a hard position to qualify for the knock-out round of AFC Cup after losing 0-2 to New Radiants of Maldives in Male in a group match. "It is not", he said on the sidelines of an initiative by KIA Motors India to select two school children as official match ball carriers for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

Four-time champions Japan take on Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan in Goup F while China's hopes of a first-ever Asian Cup title will hinge on advancing from Group C, which also features South Korea, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines. I have never taken ranking seriously. I don't think it is going to help us to talk about what we did before.

The War Elephants' best result in the Asian Cup was recorded in 1972, when they finished third.

Bahrain coach Miroslav Soukup said: "What can I say, we have a very interesting group".

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