India vs Kyrgyzstan : Second qualifier match for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup
India will take on Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru’s Kanteerava stadium on June 13 in their second qualifier for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Both teams had won their previous matches. While India defeated Myanmar 1-0, away from home, Kyrgyzstan beat Macau 1-0 in the country’s capital Bishkek.
India are ranked 32 places above Kyrgyzstan in the FIFA rankings. But that is also because of the fact that Kyrgyzstan hardly played anything in 2016 while India played Cambodia and most recently Nepal in addition to the qualifier against Myanmar.
Indian Coach Stephen Constantine said “Sometimes though, FIFA rankings don’t tell the tale. North Korea played the 2010 World Cup finals having been ranked between 113 and 86 in the years of the qualifiers. It will be decided by who wants it more.
Constantine also said Kyrgyz would be the favourites.“They are experienced and have quality through their team. They will be difficult to break down. We are a team on the up but it will be a big challenge.” India are unbeaten since March 29, 2016.
The winner of today’s match will brighten their chances of qualifying for the main tournament in UAE in 2019. Two teams from each of the six groups will qualify for the 2019 tournament.
The match between India and Kyrgyzstan will start at 7:30 PM IST and you can watch live action on Star Sports 1 and Start Sports 1 HD.