India drawn alongside heavyweights Australia, Syria in AFC Asian Cup Group B
Doha: The Indian men’s football team on Thursday drew a tough group as it was clubbed with heavyweights Australia, Syria and Uzbekistan in the 2024 AFC Asian Cup, to be held in Doha in January.
India, who have had a successful qualifying campaign for the continental showpiece, were in pot 4 in the draw that was conducted in Doha. India will be in Group B in the tournament proper.
Twenty-four teams were divided into four pots, and drawn into six groups of four teams each for the tournament that was originally scheduled to take place in China this summer.
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India have qualified for back-to-back editions of the tournament for the first time. The one in Qatar’s capital will be their fifth appearance in the tournament.
In the last edition, India started with a convincing win against Thailand but lost their last two matches to bow out of the tournament after raising hopes.
Qatar as hosts were automatically drawn in Group A and will play the tournament opener. Iran were placed in Group C as Japan were drawn in Group D. South Korea were placed in Group E while Saudi Arabia were drawn in Group F.
Group A — Qatar, China, Tajikistan, Lebanon
Group B — Australia, Uzbekistan, Syria, India
Group C — Iran, UAE, Hong Kong, Palestine
Group D — Japan, Indonesia, Iraq, Vietnam
Group E — South Korea, Malaysia, Jordan, Bahrain
Group F — Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kyrgyz Republic, Oman.
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