India is set to start their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 final round campaign against Thailand on 6th of January at the Al Nahayan Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Here are the 5 amazing facts regarding the two National football team’s AFC Asian Cup campaigns that you should definitely know before they lock their horns in the evening of 6th January.
India is the second youngest squad in AFC Asian Cup 2019
This time India is the second youngest squad at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 with Anirudh Thapa as the youngest player ever to play Asian Cup in Indian shirts.
After 20 years Thailand will face India in any competitive match
The last time Thailand faced India was at September 2010 when they played a friendly match. In the past 20 years these two teams have faced each other just twice and the last time India defeated the “war elephants” was in 1986. A total 21 matches have been played among these two sides with 11 wins for Thailand, 4 wins for India and 6 stalemates.
A win against Thailand will turn smooth for India to qualify for the knockouts
If India wins against Thailand in the first match then a stalemate against the host UAE and Bahrain will be enough for them to qualify for the knock out stage of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019
Thailand was unable to get out of the group stage of their last five campaigns
The “War Elephants” has been unable to get out of the group stage in their last five Asian Cup occasions when they got in to the final round.
Chetri’s second appearance in the AFC Asian Cup.
Sunil Chetri is the only man in the current Indian squad to play his second Asian Cup after the 2011 edition. Gurpreeet Sing Sandhu was also in the 2011 squad but didn’t play a single game on that campaign.