India and Hong Kong will be playing for the first place in the Group D of AFC Asian Cup Qualification at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday.
The Blue Tigers have already earned qualififcation with the result against Hong Kong set to ascertain whether they will enter the finals as one of the group winners or as one of the runners-up teams.
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India vs Hong Kong LIVE: AFC Asian Cup qualifier, starting lineups, updates
India’s skipper Sunil Chettri has been in great form and helped his side win its last two games.
India’s previous match against Afghanistan went down to the wire as the 37-year-old veteran Chettri converted an exquisite free-kick as a goal in the 86th minute where the Afghans scored the equaliser two minutes later.
Sahal came in as a substitute for the captain Chettri and scored the winner in the 92nd minute. This victory made India sit in the second spot of the group while Hong Kong tops the group, thanks to the goal difference.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: India and Hong Kong have faced each other 15 times and India leads the Head-to-Head record by winning 7 of the games. Hongkong won four among them and the remaining four games ended as ties.
AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: India looks to draw strength from Afghanistan win to prevail over Hong Kong
FORM GUIDE: India and Hong Kong are in the same form in recent matches, with either side winning two matches and losing three in their last five fixtures.
India’s last 5 games:
- India 1 – 2 Bahrain
- India 0 – 3 Belarus
- India 0 – 2 Jordan
- India 2 – 0 Cambodia
- India 2 – 1 Afghanistan
Hong Kong’s last 5 games:
- Hong Kong 0 – 1 Iraq
- Hong Kong 0 – 4 Bahrain
- Hong Kong 0 – 2 Malaysia
- Hong Kong 2 – 1 Afghanistan
- Hong Kong 3 – 0 Cambodia
How can India qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023?
India full squad:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Laxmikanth Kattimani, Amrinder Singh
Defenders: Chinglesana Singh, Akash Mishra, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose, Pritam Kotal
Midfielders: Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Deepak Tangri, Udanta Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam, Ashique Kuruniyan, Liston Colaco
Forwards: Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.
Head Coach: Igor Štimac
Hong Kong full squad:
Goalkeepers: Paulo César, Wang Zhenpeng, Yapp Hung Fai.
Defenders: Fung Hing Wa, Lau Hok Ming, Law Tsz Chun, Tomas, Tsui Wang Kit, Wu Chun Ming, Yu Wai Lim
Midfielders: Chan Siu Kwan, Huang Yang, Ju Ying Zhi, Jahangir Khan, Leung Kwun Chung, Diego Eli, Ngan Lok Fung, Matt Orr, Tse Sean Ka Keung, Wong Tsz Ho, Wong Wai, Yu Jesse Joy Yin, Yue Tze Nam
Forwards: Fernando, Chung Wai Keung, Sun Ming Him
Head Coach: Andersen J
From Colaco to Pandita, five young players to watch out for in the Indian football team
India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Akash Mishra, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Roshan Naorem; Sahal Abdul Samad, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Wangjam; Liston Colaco, Sunil Chhetri; Manvir Singh.
Hong Kong: Yapp Hung Fui; Sean Tse, Law Tsz Chan, Wong Tsz Ho, Yu Wai Lim, Huang Yang, Ju Yingzhi, Yue Tze Nam, Wai Wong; Matt Orr, Sun Ming Him.
When and where to watch?
|The India vs Hong Kong match will kick off at 08:30 pm at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports network and can be watched online on Disney+ Hotstar.|