The United Arab Emirates was announced as the host for the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia on 9th March Having won the previous competition inAustralia is the defending champions going into the tournament. Follow the live commentary of the India v Bahrain match.
Stay tuned for www. Many thought this match would be the final, but it has come a little earlier than expected and one of the pre-tournament favourites will not get past the quarter finals. Japan is seeking revenge for its defeat at last years World Cup finals, when a Tim Cahill inspired final ten minutes cruelled the Japanese World Cup dreams.
Slow surfaces, large boundaries, sapping heat and low totals were a deviation from the quotidian ODI run-fest. The stand-in captain told the players before the Asia Cup to perform as if they were playing domestic cricket. He said it was "to ensure there's no insecurity within". The Bangladesh captain rued another batting collapse and gave credit to his bowlers for performing well throughout the tournament.
Almoez Ali opened the scoring for Qatar with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box, making it through the bottom right corner. Before today's game, the year-old had scored five goals in the competition. His brace today means he's the first player to score seven goals in the group stage since the year
For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the team format that was used from to Under this new format, the finalists would contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams. The host nation qualified for the final tournament automatically, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams of the AFC through a qualifying competition running from topart of which also served as part of the FIFA World Cup qualification process for the confederation.
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Sunil Chhetri has promised that the Indian players will be patient and fully back new coach Igor Stimac to implement his philosophy on the team. Oman coach Pim Verbeek resigned from the post on Wednesday with the former Australia and Korea boss calling time on a year managerial career. Qatar has joined a growing list of recent tournament winners - like Chile, Portugal and France - that functioned almost solely as the reactive team. Nobody expected Qatar to make too many waves in the AFC Asian Cup, but with 19 goals scored and one conceded, they are undoubtedly worthy champions.