Marcelo Lippi’s China take on tournament debutants Kyrgyzstan in the Group C opener at the 2019 Asian Cup. The Chinese have had a very indifferent preparation for the competition with some unconvincing performances in the friendlies. But the 2015 Asian Cup quarterfinalists can put all that behind with a commanding display. Kyrgyzstan football is coming of age and just their talk of being one of the contenders for the Asian Cup is an achievement indeed considering they only joined the Asian Football Confederation back in 1994. Sunil Chhetri & Co Perform Viking Clap After India's Win Over Thailand at 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Watch Video
The Chinese have been hampered by poor defending off late and Marcelo Lippi is one guy who knows the importance of defence in big tournaments. His Italy team won the World Cup back in 2006 on the account of some amazing displays at the back. Zhang Linpeng and Feng Xiaoting are key members of the Chinese defensive unit and have their task cut out against a formidable Kyrgyzstan team. Striker Wu Lei top scored in the Chinese Super League with 27 goals in 29 matches for Shanghai SIPG. A few doubts remain on his fitness having picked up an injury against Iraq but should start.
Kyrgyzstan under Aleksandr Krestinin has risen to become the 12th best footballing nation in Asia. The Russian manager has an attacking mindset which has been able to infuse in his team’s game. Players like Mirlan Murzaev and Vitalij Lux play in the Turkish and German Leagues respectively and hence can be expected to be ready to play at the highest level. Anton Zemilanukhin in midfield has a good goal scoring record too and can also play out wide to create chances. China will have to use all its experience when they play Kyrgyzstan as they are expected to come out all guns blazing. A high scoring draw is a possibility which cannot be ruled out from the game. AFC Asian Cup 2019 Schedule in PDF: Download Asia Cup Football Full Timetable in IST With Fixtures, Matches, Team and Venue Details.
When is China vs Kyrgyzstan, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match? Know the Date, Time and Venue Details
The fifth match of AFC Asian Cup 2019, China vs Kyrgyzstan will be held on January 7, 2019 (Sunday) at 4.30pm IST. This football game of Asia Cup 2019 will take place at Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Where to Watch the Live Telecast of China vs Kyrgyzstan, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Football Match?
Football fans in India can watch the China vs Kyrgyzstan, AFC Asian Cup game on Star Sports Network. Viewers from the Southeast Asian regions, Australia can tune into the FOX Sports network to watch the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
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As Star Sports Network is bringing the live telecast of AFC Asian Cup 2019, the fans have the option of getting live streaming of China vs Kyrgyzstan online on Hotstar. Hotstar is the digital and mobile platform owned by Star Sports Network.