Continent’s highest ranked football team Iran take on China for a place in the semi-final in the 2019 Asian Cup. Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz knows his time with the national team is coming to an end after his contract was not renewed. It has been a mixed bag for the Manchester United assistant manager with Iran but he would want a trophy to sign off on a high. China’s Marcelo Lippi is in a similar situation as he nears retirement and it would be a fairy tale for one of the game’s greatest managers. Both the coaches are astute tacticians and it is fair to say which way the game goes hinges on them to some level. AFC Asian Cup 2019 Points Table: Latest Group-Wise Team Standings of 17th Edition of Men’s Football Championship Tournament of Asia.
China needed second-half goals from Xiao Zhi and Gao Lin to overcome a spirited Thailand side. Striker Wu Lei had a quite game in the round of 16 but could keep his place in the playing eleven. Their substitutes played a key role in the revival against Thailand which shows Lippi has depth in his squad and can change formations depending on the situation. The Chinese have been criticised for failing to bring in youngsters in the squad and their fitness level will be tested against physically dominating Iran side.
Iran will be without Vahid Amiri who is suspended having picked up a caution in the previous game. His versatility in the midfield is going to be a big miss for Iran. Their attacking players Alireja Jahanbakhsh and Sardar Azmoun have been in fine form and could give the Chinese defence a run for their money. Coach Carlos Queiroz will be worried about the form of key centre-back Majid Hosseni who has a looked a pale shadow of his former self. He should start though with lack of experienced defenders in the squad. Iran will be favourites and could finally get over the heartbreak of that penalty shoot-out defeat to Iraq four years ago.
When is China vs Iran, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match? Know the Date, Time and Venue Details
In the second match of AFC Asian Cup 2019 on January 24, i.e. Tuesday, China and Iran will be squaring off against each other. The contest will be taking place at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in United Arab Emirates, and will start at 9.30 PM (IST).
Where to Watch the Live Telecast of the China vs Iran, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match?
Star Sports Network happens to be the official broadcaster of AFC Asia Cup 2019 in India. The viewers can watch the live match action on Star Sports' channels. The people residing in South-east Asia and Australia will also be able to see the live match telecast on Fox Sports Network's channels.
How to Watch the Free Live Streaming Online and Football Score Updates of the China vs Iran, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match?
If not the live telecast, the fans can watch the online streaming too. As Star Sports Network is the official broadcaster of AFC Asian Cup 2019 in India, they will have to log on Star Sports' live streaming service, i.e. Hotstar to watch the live streaming online.