Apart from hosts India, six countries - Brazil, Chile, China PR, Colombia, Japan and New Zealand - have been confirmed for the competition so far and are sure to feature in the draw on 24 June. With a total of 16 teams set to contest the tournament, spots are still up for grabs in several confederations.
UAE had 67 per cent possession as against India’s 33 in the first half during which Ali Mabkhout chipped one over Indian goalkeeper and captain Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and then scored from the spot after Adil Khan handled the ball inside the box. The second half was no better for India, unlike against Oman when they fought back to equalise, as UAE laid bare the utterly porous Indian defence to pump in four more goals. The international friendly matches are being played as part of preparations for the joint qualification round of 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup to be played in June.
As per the AFC release, China will host Group A which comprises leaders Syria, Philippines, Maldives and Guam. Kuwait has been confirmed as the host for Group B which includes Australia, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei. India are currently fourth in Group E with three points from five games. Qatar top the table with 13 points while Oman are a point behind them in second.