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AFC ASIAN CUP 2023 QLF (GROUP-D): KOLKATA
MATCH - 5
14.06.2022 : AFGHANISTAN 2-2 CAMBODIA (FT)


MATCH - 6
14.06.2022 : INDIA 4-0 HONG KONG (YBK- FT..)

SCORER:
IND: Anwar Ali 1' (56 Sec), Sunil Chhetri 44', Manvir Singh 84', Ishan Pandita 90'+2'

IND: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Akash Mishra, Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Jeakson Singh, Suresh Wangjam, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri

HK: Yapp Hung Fai, Law Tsz Chun, Yu Wai Lim, Tse Sean Ka Keung, Huang Yang, Sun Ming Him, Matt Orr, Wong Wai, Fung Hing Wa, Wong Tsz Ho, Ju Yingzhi

Referee: Qasim Matar Al-Hatmi (Oman)


INDIA QUALIFIES FOR AFC ASIAN CUP 2023 BY FINISHING TOP IN THE GROUP TABLE WITH ALL WIN RECORD.

India emerged as the Group champion From Group D and qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 competition. In a rainy evening at Kolkata, India demolished Hong Kong by a margin of 4-0 and qualified for the final rounds of Asian Cup after 1964 and 1980.
An early goal by the central defender Anwar Ali at the 56th second of the match put the home team in the lead. This is India's second earliest goal of the match after I.M.Vijayan, who scored an international goal at the 17th seconds of the match. Sunil Chetri increased his tally to 84 goals when he scored the second goal at the closing stages of the first session.
India played a number of passes in the midfield created pressure in Hong Kong's central defense but did not allow Hong Kong to create any positive chances in front of goal except once when a header from Matt Orr sailed over the bar after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the goalkeeper of the home team failed to clear a cross pass from the right.
India increased the tally to 4-0 at the second session when two substitute footballers Manvir Singh and Ishan Pandita scored their first goal for the country.
The qualifying round matches of Group D proved to impressive for India as they won all they have a all win record in the three matches they played. India scored eight goals and conceded a goal against Afghanistan in their second match.

SOME IMPORTANT MOVES OF THE MATCH
SECOND HALF : Sunil's shot, saved by the keeper in 50th Minute. Sahal's long run and a shot, went straight to keeper Yapp Hung Fai in 53rd minute. Liston's shot in 65th minute, went straight to keeper Yapp Hung Fai. Brandon's Pass and Manvir made it 3-0 for India in the rainy YBK. Fine long run of Manvir from right flank and a fine minus and Ishan made a sublime finish to make the score 4-0 in favor of India.

FIRST HALF : Anwar Ali scored for India in 56th Second from the early corner. Sahal Abdul Samad's shot in 26th minute deflected by the post. Jeakson's free kick, Sunil's fine touch and calm finish to put India ahead 2-0. This is 84th Goal of Sunil Chhetri.

INDIA AND HONG KONG QUALIFIED FOR AFC ASIAN CUP 2023
14.6.22:(12.30 PM) The calculations of Group D are over now. India and HongKong are now qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 before their match at Kolkata today night. This is possible, after Philippines lost against Palestine by a margin of 0-4 in a Group B match. In fact if India or HongKong loses point in the final Group D match then these two teams will qualify for next round.
India are now occupying third position in Group D with 6 points after they won the first two matches against Cambodia(2-0) and Afghanistan(2-1). Hong Kong won the first two matches, are leading the table with a better goal difference than India. Today, India and Hong Kong will fight for the top spot in Group D.
Earlier, India qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in the year 1964. India finished as runners up team out of 4 teams participated in the tournament.
In 1980 India qualified for the Tournament but could qualify from the Group stages.
THE TEAMS QUALIFY FOR ASIAN CUP ARE PALESTINE< UZBEKISTAN, THAILAND, INDIA, HONGKONG, KYRGYZSTAN, TAJIKISTAN.


WHO WILL BE THE GROUP LEADERS: INDIA OR HONG KONG
13.6.22: India and HongKong are locked at 6 points each after two matches. But HongKong is leading the Group D with a better goal difference than India.

HOW INDIA WILL QUALIFY IN THE FINAL ROUND
If India win against HongKong they will be the Group champions. If India lost or if the match was tied then the calculation will be different. The group winners are assured for a place in the final round, while the second placed finishers will have to wait to see if they are within the best five runner-up among the six Groups. India will qualify if Philippines or Indonesia loses or drew their match.
In AFC Asian Cup 2023 13 teams confirmed their participation. India is fighting for the remaining 11 teams along with other 23 countries.

HEAD TO HEAD
TOTAL MATCHES: 15
INDIA WON: 7
HONGKONG WON : 4
DRAWN : 4

COACHES VIEW IN THE PRE MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

IGOR STIMAC: INDIA

“Of course this game is of the same importance as the previous two. There is less pressure but not less hunger or motivation for us to go out to start from the very first minute as we started against Afghanistan and do what we can to win this game.”
"As you can see they are a well-organised side, a disciplined side with enough quality to defend and attack but we studied them, all their main strengths and weaknesses and we know what we need to do to win this game. "
“We need to compliment Hong Kong for what they have shown in the first two games, and deservedly they are leading the group at the moment because they had a better score in their game against Cambodia than us,” said Stimac."

JORN ANDERSEN: HONGKONG

"For us the situation is really positive,” said the former DPR Korea coach. “We didn’t expect it when we were coming here, but we have already made two good games and taken six points.
“The situation is really good, but actually both teams are still not qualified for the Finals. We both need one point and it is good that we can have a final and I hope many spectators can come to the stadium."
“It’s been a long time that we haven't played with so many spectators so it will be good for my team. It will be good motivation.
“Of course it’s a big advantage for India to play at home, in front of maybe 40 or 50,000 spectators and that’s something we have to solve. But we have experienced players, we have a good collective team and I think we can solve this problem.”
STAT- LALTU CHAKRABORTY : OUT OF 15 MATCHES WHERE 8 MATCHES HELD FOR MARDEKA CUP WHERE INDIA WON FOR 4 TIMES, HONG KONG WON 1 TIME AND REST 3 MATCHES DREW. IN 1964 AFC ASIAN CUP QUALIFIER MATCH HELD ON 02.06.1964 INDIA BEAT HONG KONG 3-1, WHERE THE SCORER WAS CHUNI GOSWAMI, SUKUMAR SAMAJPATI AND INDER SINGH.

MATCH - 5
14.06.2022 : AFGHANISTAN 2-2 CAMBODIA (FT)

AFG: Faysal Shayesteh 16', Mustafa Zazai 35'
CAM: Thiva Brak 37', Keo Sokpheng 80'

AFG: Ahmad Hellal, David Najem, Haroon Amiri, Masih Saighani, Noor Husin, Mustafa Azadzoy, Faysal Shayesteh, Ahmad Omran, Zelfagar Nazary, Mustafa Zazai, Fareed Sadat

CAM: Keo Soksela, Ken Chansopheak, Taing Bunchhai, Tes Sambath, Chou Sinti, Orn Chanthea, Choun Chanchav, Sin Sovannmakara, Long Phearath, Brak Thiva

AFC CUP 2022-23 : kolkatafootball.com