Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Oman draws Japan in tough Asian Cup group

Oman draws Japan in tough Asian Cup group

India have been Drawn alongside hosts United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Finals. Thailand and India were also drawn in the group.

National team head coach Stephen Constantine was also present on the occasion.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, now locked in a diplomatic dispute, have been drawn in Group E with Lebanon and North Korea.

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

The biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup is set to become the richest-ever edition after AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa announced the introduction of $14.8 million in total prize money.

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.

The War Elephants' quest to reach the knockout round of Asia's premier global competition - which kicks off on January 5, 2019 - will see them face off against UAE, India and Bahrain.

The top 24 teams from all over Asia, including hosts UAE, were drawn into six groups of four teams each. In the past (2011), we had managed a draw (2-2) against UAE.

Designed and made by world renowned silversmiths Thomas Lyte of London, the new trophy eloquently communicates the powerful spirit of football's second oldest continental football competition.

Australia won their maiden AFC Asian Cup in 2015 on home soil when a goal from James Troisi in extra time sealed a win over South Korea.

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.

The top two pots consist of teams who has progressed to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for AFC countries.

The Philippine Azkals were again put in a hard predicament after being placed in Group C for their maiden appearance in the Asian Cup slated January in the United Arab Emirates.

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