The Indian Tigers will play their last Group A match against the team of Bahrain today (Monday) at Sharjah Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Blue Army has given a tough fight to hosts United Arab Emirates in their Group A match on January 10 (Thursday) at ZCS Stadium.
The Sunil Chhetri-led Indians were impressive in their 18 attempts the goal during the Group A match against the UAE. India, ranked 97th with 1,240 points, stand a chance to cruise into the next stage even with a draw.
A win at the Sharjah Stadium may also be a perfect gift to skipper Chhetri on equalling Baichung Bhutia’s record of 107 India caps.
Having won their campaign opener with a 4-1 upset win over Thailand before going down fighting to UAE, India must prevail over the stronger Bahrain combine to progress beyond the first round.
A surprise win will guarantee India their first ever berth in the AFC Asian Cup history.
India are placed second behind the UAE with three points from two matches on better goal average than Thailand, who also have three points with one more match to play against the table toppers UAE.
Fans can catch the action live on the Star Sports network. Star Sports, the official broadcaster of AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, will telecast all the match with English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, and Malayalam programming. The match will also be streamed live on Star India’s OTT platform Hotstar.
The match starts at 9:30 pm India time.
TEAMS (INDIA): GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhashish Bose, Narayan Das
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Jackiechand Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Rowllin Borges, Ashique Kuruniyan, Halicharan Narzary
FORWARDS: Sumeet Passi, Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
BAHRAIN: GOALKEEPERS: Sayed Shubbar Alawi, Yusuf Habib Hasan , Abdulkarim Fardan
DEFENDERS: Sayed Mahdi Baqer, Waleed Mohamed Alhayam, Hamad Mahmood Alshamsan, Ahmed Merza Moosa, Ahmed Ali Juma, Sayed Redha Isa, Ahmed Mubarak Bughammar, Ahmed Abdulla Ali
MIDFIELDERS: Sayed Dhiya, Abdulwahab Ali Alsafi, Mohamed Jasim Marhoon, Ali Jaafar Madan, Ali Abdul Haram, Jasim Ahmed Alshaikh, Komail Hasan Alaswad, Jamal Rashed Abdulrahman
FORWARDS: Sayed Dhiya, Abdulwahab Ali Alsafi, Mohamed Jasim Marhoon, Ali Jaafar Madan, Ali Abdul Haram , Jasim Ahmed Alshaikh, Komail Hasan Alaswad, Jamal Rashed Abdulrahman