AFC Asian Cup qualifiers: first place for India Eye, history against Hong Kong | Soccer News


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Indian men’s football has a lot to do as they take on Hong Kong in the final third round match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday. The Blue Tigers are on course to qualify for back-to-back AFC Asian Cups for the first time in their history and need just one point against Hong Kong to secure their place in the final. of the AFC Asian Cup.

However, Igor Stimac’s side, who have won both of their meetings so far, would be looking to wipe the slate clean when they face Hong Kong, who top Group D on goal difference.

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India would settle for nothing less than three points which would guarantee them top spot in the group, a pre-tournament target given their top FIFA rankings.

With the fans expected to make it a show at Salt Lake Stadium, the Indian team are even more motivated to end on a happy note in Kolkata and celebrate the AFC Asian Cup qualification with the fans.

Sunil Chhetri, who has already scored three goals in the third round of qualifying, will be looking for his 84th international goal which will put him level with Hungarian goalscoring legend Ferenc Puskas in the all-time international top scorers table.

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The Blue Tigers will feel much better about themselves after winning the first two group matches of the third round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers and will be looking to claim three wins from three in Kolkata.

Hong Kong, who enter the game in identical form to the hosts, would like to have one over their top-ranked rivals and challenge the FIFA rankings to finish the group in first place. Hong Kong have been in excellent form in the first two games and would be confident of getting a result in the next game.

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In the last fifteen international fixtures, India have won seven while Hong Kong have managed to win four, and the rest have ended in draws.

However, India have lost their last two meetings against Hong Kong, losing 1-2 in 2009 and 0-1 in 2010.

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