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Preview: Group E


Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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Kuala Lumpur: Qatar will headline Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 with Bangladesh, Oman, India and Afghanistan determined to challenge the defending AFC Asian Cup champions.


The eight group winners and four best runners-up will advance to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals and the final round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

However, should Qatar - who have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as hosts - win their group, the seven other group winners and five best second-placed sides will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The same applies should Qatar finish as one of the four best second-placed teams, with the fifth best group runners-up advancing to the third round of the Qualifiers.

The next best 24 teams from the second round of the Asian Qualifiers will compete in a separate competition for the remaining 12 slots in the 24-team AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the Group E cast.


BANGLADESH

Posted by Bangladesh Football Federation on Saturday, 31 August 2019

FIFA Ranking: 182
AFC Asian Cup Record: Group Stage (1980)
FIFA World Cup Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Jamie Day (ENG)

বিশ্বকাপ বাছাইপর্বের জন্য দেশের যে প্রস্তুতি তা শেষ হয়ে গেছে আজ। এই সাতদিনে জাতীয় ফুটবল দলের সদস্যদের পারফরম্যান্সে খুশি...

Posted by Bangladesh Football Team on Friday, 30 August 2019

Having advanced to the second round of the Asian Qualifiers after overcoming Laos, Bangladesh will now look to test themselves against some of Asia’s top teams, with Jamie Day’s charges aiming to be a handful for their challengers.


OMAN

📸 المنتخب الأول يواصل استعداداته لمواجهة المنتخب الهندي في التصفيات الآسيوية المزدوجة. pic.twitter.com/OCZQf6yeKO

— OFA - Official Page (@OmanFA) August 29, 2019

FIFA Ranking: 87
AFC Asian Cup Record: Round of 16 (2019)
FIFA World Cup Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Erwin Koeman (NED)

Oman’s Round of 16 appearance at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 was their best achievement in the tournament and head coach Erwin Koeman, who succeeded countryman Pim Verbeek, will be aiming to build on that, having already steered Oman to the 2019 Airmarine title after defeating hosts Singapore 5-4 on penalties in the final.


INDIA

FIFA Ranking: 103
AFC Asian Cup Record: Runners-up (1964)
FIFA World Cup Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Igor Stimac (CRO)

A Winner is a Dreamer who never gives up! Proud & happy with the boys who show promising & persistent energy focused towards our ultimate goal. Let’s do this together #India 🇮🇳 & pack the stadium with #Bluetigers 🐯 #BacktheBlue #Budiponosan #Family 🇮🇳🇭🇷💪🏼 @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/EiXyGP7Y9m

— Igor Štimac (@stimac_igor) August 26, 2019

Head coach Igor Stimac has had two tournaments - the Thailand King’s Cup and Intercontinental Cup on home soil - to familiarise himself with his players and the Croatian will expect India to challenge for the top two spots in the group.

India suffered heartbreak in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and this will drive them despite what looks like a challenging group.


AFGHANISTAN

FIFA Ranking: 149
AFC Asian Cup Record: No previous appearances
FIFA World Cup Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Anoush Dastgir (AFG)

Afghanistan were let down by draws in the third round of qualifying for the previous Asian Cup and the Central Asians will aim to kick off the Asian Qualifiers on a winning note in their attempt to qualify for the Continental showpiece for the first time.


QATAR

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar lift the trophy

FIFA Ranking: 62
AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions (2019)
FIFA World Cup Record: No previous appearances
Head Coach: Felix Sanchez (QAT)

Qatar are the overwhelming favourites to win the group and head coach Felix Sanchez will be expecting top quality performances from his team as they buildup to the 2022 FIFA World Cup on home soil.

The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 champions have continued working and played in the Copa America in June and will be ready for the challenges expected in Group E.


Fixtures

Matchday 1 - September 5: India vs Oman; Qatar vs Afghanistan
Matchday 2 - September 10: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh; Qatar vs India
Matchday 3 - October 10: Oman vs Afghanistan; Bangladesh vs Qatar
Matchday 4 - October 15: Qatar vs Oman; India vs Bangladesh
Matchday 5 - November 14: Afghanistan vs India; Oman vs Bangladesh
Matchday 6 - November 19: Oman vs India; Afghanistan vs Qatar
Matchday 7 - March 26: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan; India vs Qatar
Matchday 8 - March 31: Qatar vs Bangladesh; Afghanistan vs Oman
Matchday 9 - June 4: Oman vs Qatar; Bangladesh vs India
Matchday 10 - June 9: India vs Afghanistan; Bangladesh vs Oman

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