Asian Cup 2019: Fixtures, results, standings, tickets & complete guide to January tournament

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Goal has all the information you need to know as the 17th edition of the Asian international tournament gets started

The Asian Cup 2019 kicks off this January, marking the first major international tournament of 2019.

It will be the 17th edition of the AFC competition and reigning champions Australia will attempt to defend their crown.

A total of 24 teams will face off for the right to be crowned continental champions and Goal brings you the groups, fixtures, results and everything you need to know.


Who are the Asian Cup 2019 hosts?


In 2019 the Asian Cup will be held across eight different stadia in four different cities across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) .

The eight venues were confirmed in 2015, directly after the last Asian Cup finals.

Each of the venues will stage at least three group stage games and a knockout round tie each. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.

Games City Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16 Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16 Al Ain Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16 Sharjah Sharjah Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16 Dubai Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16 & Quarter-finals Dubai Al-Maktourn Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals & Semi-finals Al Ain Hazza bin Zayed Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals & Semi-finals Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals and Final Abu Dhabi Zayed Sports City Stadium

Qualified teams, groups & fixtures


The draw for the 2019 Asian Cup took place on May 4, 2018 and divided the 24 qualified nations into six groups. 

Reigning champions Australia are in a group with Syria, Palestine and Jordan, while Qatar, who host the 2022 World Cup, will face Lebanon, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the last 16, with the four best third-placed teams also reaching the knockouts as was the case for Euro 2016.

The last day of the group stage is January 17, with the knockout stage commencing on January 20 - the last 16 will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-final and a final in Abu Dhabi on February 1.

A full list of every team that has qualified, their fixtures and their group standings is below.

Group A

  Team Pld W D L GD Pts
1 UAE (A) 3 1 2 0 +2 5
2 Thailand (A) 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Bahrain (A) 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 India (E) 3 1 0 2 0 3

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
January 5, 2019 UAE 1-1 Bahrain 11am Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 6, 2019 Thailand 1-4 India 1:30pm Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 10, 2019 Bahrain 0-1 Thailand 1:30pm Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 10, 2019 India 0-2 UAE 4pm Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 14, 2019 UAE 1-1 Thailand 1:30pm Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 14, 2019 India 0-1 Bahrain 1:30pm Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Group B

  Team Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Jordan (A) 3 2 1 0 +3 7
2 Australia (A) 3 2 0 1 +3 6
3 Palestine 3 0 2 1 -3 2
4 Syria (E) 3 0 1 2 -3 1

Date Game Time (UK) Venue
January 6, 2019 Australia 0-1 Jordan 11am Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 6, 2019 Syria 0-0 Palestine 3:30pm Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 10, 2019 Jordan 2-0 Syria 1:30pm Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 11, 2019 Palestine 0-3 Australia 11am Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 15, 2019 Australia 3-2 Syria 1:30pm Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 15, 2019 Palestine 0-0 Jordan 1:30pm Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Group C

  Team Pld W D L GD Pts
1  South Korea (A) 3 3 0 0 +4 9
2 China PR (A) 3 2 0 1 +2 6
3 Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 +0 3
4 Philippines (E) 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Date Game Time (UK) Venue
January 7, 2019 China PR 2-1 Kyrgyzstan 11am Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 7, 2019 South Korea 1-0 Philippines 1:30pm Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 11, 2019 Philippines 0-3 China PR 1:30pm Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 11, 2019 Kyrgyzstan 0-1 South Korea 4pm Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 16, 2019 South Korea 2-0 China PR 1:30pm Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 16, 2019 Kyrgyzstan 3-1 Philippines 1:30pm Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Group D

  Team Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Iran (A) 3 2 1 0 +7 7
2 Iraq (A) 3 2 1 0 +4 7
3 Vietnam 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Yemen 3 0 0 3 -10 0
Date Game Time (UK) Venue
January 7, 2019 Iran 5-0 Yemen 4pm Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 8, 2019 Iraq 3-2 Vietnam 1:30pm Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 12, 2019 Vietnam 0-2 Iran 11am Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 12, 2019 Yemen 0-3 Iraq 1:30pm Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 16, 2019 Vietnam 2-0 Yemen 4pm Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 16, 2019 Iran 0-0 Iraq 4pm Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai

Group E

  Team Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Qatar (A) 3 3 0 0 +10 9
2 Saudi Arabia (A)  3 2 0 2 +4 6
3 Lebanon 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 North Korea (E) 3 0 0 3 -13 0
Date Game Time (UK) Venue
January 8, 2019 Saudi Arabia 4-0 North Korea 4pm Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 9, 2019 Qatar 2-0 Lebanon 4pm Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 12, 2019 Lebanon 0-2 Saudi Arabia 4pm Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 13, 2019 North Korea 0-6 Qatar 11am Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 17, 2019 Saudi Arabia 0-2 Qatar 4pm Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 17, 2019 Lebanon 4-1 North Korea 4pm Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah

Group F

  Team Pld W D L GD Pts
1 Japan (A) 3 3 0 0 +3 9
2 Uzbekistan (A) 3 2 0 1 +4 6
3 Oman (A) 3 1 0 2 -0 3
4 Turkmenistan (E) 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Date Game Time (UK) Venue
January 9, 2019 Japan 3-2 Turkmenistan 11am Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 9, 2019 Uzbekistan 2-1 Oman 1:30pm Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 13, 2019 Oman 0-1 Japan 1:30pm Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 13, 2019 Turkmenistan 0-4 Uzbekistan 4pm Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 17, 2019 Oman 3-1 Turkmenistan 1:30pm Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 17, 2019 Japan 2-1 Uzbekistan 1:30pm Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Round of 16 fixtures


The knockout stage of the Asian Cup is the second stage of the competition, following the group stage. It will begin on January 20 with the round of 16 and end on February 1 with the final match held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) will advance to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.

Date Match Time (UK) Venue
January 20, 2019 Jordan vs Vietnam 11am Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 20, 2019 Thailand vs China 2pm Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 20, 2019 Iran vs Oman 5pm Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 21, 2019 Japan vs Saudi Arabia 11am Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 21, 2019 Australia vs Uzbekistan 2pm Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 21, 2019 UAE vs Kyrgyzstan 5pm Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 22, 2019 South Korea vs Bahrain 1pm Rashid Stadium, Dubai
January 22, 2019 Qatar vs Iraq 4pm Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Who are the favourites to win Asian Cup 2019?


Robbie Kruse Australia

Early bird tickets for the Asian Cup went on sale on June 28 for corporate tickets and general sale tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster .

Most tickets will be sold in advance online, but 'last-minute' tickets for games that have not already sold out will also be available to buy during the tournament at sales centres in the UAE.

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Who are the favourites to win Asian Cup 2019?


Japan went into the tournament as one of favourites after getting to the last 16 in the World Cup 2018 and narrowly missing out on a chance to progress after being defeated by an extra-time goal against Belgium. The final score finished 3-2 despite Japan being 2-0 up just after half-time. 

Iran, coached by former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, have been chalked up as one of the favourites due to being the highest-ranked country in FIFA's world ranking standings featuring in the competition. They came agonisingly close to eliminating Portugal or Spain in World Cup 2018 in a thrilling final round of group games.

Another teams expected to do well are South Korea , who despite not progressing further in the tournament defeated and eliminated Germany in their final game of World Cup 2018. Syria , too, will have high hopes having narrowly missed out on their chance to go to Russia 2018 in a continental play-off defeat.

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