New Delhi. The Indian men’s football team has qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 without playing its last qualification match. Team India has to play its last league match against Hong Kong on Tuesday. Palestine defeated Philippines in Group B match in Ulaanbaatar. The defeat of the Philippines made the Indian team directly qualified for the finals.
This result meant that Palestine qualified directly for the 24 team finals as they topped the group, while the Philippines were eliminated despite finishing second on four points. Out of the six qualifying groups, only the top teams qualify directly. Apart from this, the second best team in their group also gets a chance to advance.
Indian team qualified for the fifth time
India have six points in Group D and are second behind Hong Kong in goal difference. He qualified before his last group match. This is the first time that India has qualified for the Asian Cup for the second time in a row. India was out of the group league in 2019. The Indian football team has qualified for this continental competition for the 5th time overall in 1964, 1984, 2011, 2019 and now in 2023.
India won both their opening matches in the qualifiers
The Indian team has won both their matches in the qualifiers so far. India defeated Cambodia 2-0 in the first match on the back of a brilliant goal from star striker Sunil Chhetri, while in the second match they beat Afghanistan 2-1. In this match, Sunil Chhetri helped Sahal Abdul Samad to score for India.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 14, 2022, 14:41 IST