India vs Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers I 8 June, 11 Jun & 14 June
The draw for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers third round was held in Kuala Lumpur. India were already allocated as the hosts of Group D, with the games to be held in Kolkata in June.
The Blue Tigers are in a relatively comfortable group. They will face teams who are all well behind them in the FIFA Rankings. India are in Group D, which also comprises of Afghanistan, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
Out of these sides, Afghanistan are the side which the Blue Tigers had met most recently back in June 2021. They played out a 1-1 draw against Afghanistan in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier last year. The Blue Tigers have only lost once to the Afghanistan national team in history. They have won six out of their 10 meetings so far.
India have faced Hong Kong 15 times in their history, winning seven out of those games and losing four. The last time these two teams met was in an international friendly game back in 2010, when the Blue Tigers went down to a 0-1 loss at home. As a matter of fact, India had last defeated Hong Kong back in 1993, in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
Cambodia are the side in the group against whom India have squared off the least number of times in their history. The Blue Tigers have faced them only four times, but have won three out of those four games. The last time these two sides met was back in 2017, when Stephen Constantine’s men were able to snatch a 3-2 win after a thrilling friendly game.
The AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers games will take place from June 8 onwards at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. As per the AFC norms, each team will face-off against the other once in a round-robin format.
June 8: India vs Cambodia
June 11: Afghanistan vs India
June 14: India vs Hong Kong
All the matches would start at 8:30 p.m. IST
Telecast: Star Sports 3, Live stream: Disney + Hotstar, Jio TV