India’s road to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 will start with a series of friendlies against different teams, but the stand-out fixture is India vs China-two nations with billions in population but both have failed to make a mark in the footballing world.
This match which will take place at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in China is termed as a ‘friendly’ but in real sense, it’s much more than that- The clash comes after 21 years and India which has shown a meteoric rise in the world football rankings in the recent years have a nation to prove- they are a much stronger and sharper side now than what they used to be two decades ago.
76th Ranked China are one of the best teams in Asia, having played in the Asian Cup (continent’s top-flight competition) eleven times, finishing runners-up twice and third as many times.
India, on the other hand, has played only thrice in the Asian Cup (1964 runners-up; 1984 and 2011) and recently broke into the top 100 in the FIFA rankings after a long time. The country is now 97th in FIFA rankings and 15th in Asia.
It is a bold move on India’s part to play against China as they have not played in the recent past against a top side in the continent except in the Asian Cup or the World Cup qualifiers and it is also fraught with consequences.
India has not won a single match out of the 17 while China has come out trumps 12 on occasions.
Five matches have ended in draws. The senior teams of India and China last played in the 1997 Nehru Cup in Kochi which the ‘Red Dragons’ won 2-1.
Here’s all you need to know regarding India vs China football match:
When is India vs China international friendly football match?
The India vs China international friendly football match will be played on October 13, 2018.
Where will the India vs China international friendly football match be played?
The India vs China international friendly football match will be played at Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, China.
When will the India vs China international friendly football match start (time in IST)?
The India vs China match will start at 5:05 PM IST.
Where to watch India vs China live on TV in India?
The India vs China live broadcast will be on Star Sports Network.
How and where to watch India vs China live streaming in India?
The online India vs China live streaming will be on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website for free of cost.
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary.