Indian Football Team Qualifies For AFC Asian Cup For 2nd Straight Time

Now, India will take Hong Kong in their final qualifier here at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.

By Ashita Singh
Updated: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 07:12 PM IST
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Indian Football Team Qualifies For AFC Asian Cup For 2nd Straight Time

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian Football team has made the nation proud after getting qualified for the AFC Asian Cup Finals on Tuesday after Palestine defeated the Philippines 4-0 in a group B match in Ulaanbaatar. The defeat of the Phillippines led India to directly qualify for the 24-team Finals finishing as group B toppers, while the Philippines, with four points, were eliminated despite finishing second.

Now, India will take Hong Kong in their final qualifier here at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.

This is the second consecutive time and fifth time in the history of the continental competition that India has qualified.

China was scheduled to host the AFC Asian Cup in 2023 across ten cities from June 16 to July 16 but the country gave up the hosting rights due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both India and Hong Kong are on six points each from matches, with Hong Kong enjoying a superior goal difference of plus four in comparison to India's plus three. India are eyeing an all-out win as hosts and playing in front of a packed stadium in Kolkata to top the group D.

India won 2-0 against Cambodia in their first qualifying match last week. In their next match, they defeated Afghanistan 2-1 in a thrilling match where Captain Sunil Chhetri and Abdul Samad scored. Chhetri has been in fine form as he has scored three goals for India in the tournament so far.

Till now, India has scored four goals in total in two matches and three out of these four goals are scored by Sunil Chhetri. In their group opener, India rode on captain Sunil Chhetri's brace to blank Cambodia 2-0, while they secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Afghanistan in their second match. Overall, India has qualified for the continental showpiece for the fifth time -- 1964, 1984, 2011, 2019 and now in 2023.

(With Agencies Inputs)

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