Last Updated: 15 Jun, 2022 06:23 AM
Kolkata: The Indian team has qualified for the Asian Cup football series for the 2nd time in a row.
The Asian Cup Football Series 2023 will be held from June 16 to July 16. The 3rd part of the qualifying round matches for this series is underway. There are 24 teams participating. These are divided into 6 sections. There are 4 teams in each division. The top 5 teams in each category and the top 5 teams in each division will qualify for the Asian Cup Series.
India, who were placed in the ‘D’ category of the qualifying round, had beaten Afghanistan and Cambodia by 6 points in their first two matches. In the same category Hong Kong topped in terms of goals difference despite scoring 6 points.
Meanwhile, Palestine, who are in Group B, beat the Philippines 4-0 in their last match yesterday. The Palestinians finished first in their division with 9 points and qualified directly for the Asian Cup. The Philippines team was eliminated from the series despite finishing 2nd with 4 points.
The Indian team, which finished 2nd in Group D yesterday, also qualified for the Asian Cup series due to the exit of the Philippines. The Indian team has qualified ahead of its last league match. This is the first time in a row that the Indian team has qualified for the Asian Cup football series. Overall, the Indian team has qualified for the Asian Cup for the 5th time. The Indian team also played in the Asian Cup series in 1964, 1984, 2011 and 2019.