What India need to do to qualify for Asian Cup and where to watch

India, led by Sunil Chhetri, will play Hong Kong in their final match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday.

In the first match, Sunil Chhetri, returning from injury, scored twice against Cambodia to win 2-0 and need a start. Then came Afghanistan. For 86 minutes, nothing could separate the two teams. Then Chhetri did what he does – a straight free-kick shot from outside the box into Afghanistan’s net. Two minutes later, India scored a corner kick. But then in overtime, Sahel Abdul Samad came up with a winner to help India take two wins in two matches. A win or a draw now brings the guarantee of consecutive Asian Cups – something the Indian team has never done. Here is what India has to do to qualify for the continental tournament:


win or draw – Takes India to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Finals

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Loss – The loss means that India will need to rely on the results of other second-placed teams in different groups. Currently, India ranks third in the list of teams with second place out of six. India is going through qualification if not the worst among the sixth-placed teams.

consequences To search for a match between the Philippines and Palestine. The Philippines is currently in second place in its group with 4 points. A loss or a draw means India cannot be the worst among the six second-placed teams.

Below India are Malaysia and Indonesia. If they draw or lose the final match of their group, the same scenario will happen where India was not the worst of the remaining teams, thus qualifying for the 2023 Asian Cup.

Where to watch live on Star Sports Network and Hotstar, 8:30 p.m.

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