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Afghanistan vs Cambodia prediction, preview, team news and more | 2023 Asia Cup qualifiers

Highlights, India Vs Afghanistan, AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers



Afghanistan and Cambodia clash at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India on Tuesday for their third and final qualifying match for the 2023 Asia Cup in Group D.

Both sides have already been eliminated from the race after losing both their games thus far, making it a dead rubber with only pride at stake.Afghanistan were beaten 2-1 by both the other sides in the group - Hong Kong on the opening day and India on matchday two.

The second loss must have truly hurt as the Lions of Khorasan conceded the second goal in stoppage-time after seemingly snatching a point with an 88th-minute equalizer.Afghanistan have won three of their previous four clashes against Cambodia, losing just once - a 1-0 defeat in the Asia Cup qualifiers in June 2017. Despite a last-minute defeat to India in their last game, head coach Anoush Dastgir could opt to field the same starting XI, courtesy of a good overall performance.

In case of a change, Zubayr Amiri could be rewarded for his heroics off the bench by replacing Omran Haydary on the right wing. The Angkor Warriors were set up to play for a point last time out with a back-five, and were still left vanquished 3-0 by Hong Kong.

Head coach Ryu Hirose may recall experienced forward Keo Sokpheng into the starting lineup to boost their attack. The Cambodian men’s national football team is set to face Afghanistan at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India. The game will start at 6:30pm (Cambodia time).

Images posted online by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) show the team hitting the gym and holding a practice ahead of the Afghanistan match.

The game is essentially a non-bearing one, with both countries already eliminated from the tournament. Twenty-four countries, divided into six groups, are vying for the right to advance to the Final of the AFC Asian Cup, which is scheduled to be held in China later this year. Only the six group winners and five best runners-up will advance to the next round.

Afghanistan is slightly favoured against Cambodia.

The players did their best. My bad. But we still have to fight and win the next one,” Keisuke Honda, General Manager of the Angkor Warriors, said after the Hong Kong game.

The two countries faced each other on the pitch four times since 2015, with Afghanistan winning three out of four matches. Cambodia’s only win came during the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers five years ago, according to 11v11.com, a sports site that keeps track

of international football history

and statistics.

The Afghan national football team beat the Angkor Warriors thrice during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2015 and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in 2018.

Cambodia and Afghanistan lost their first two matches in the qualifiers. The group also includes India and Hong Kong.

India beat Cambodia, 2-0, in a controversy-marred game on June 8, before the Angkor Warriors succumbed to a 3-0 loss to Hong Kong three days later. Watch IND Vs AFG Football Live match score, AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers live update ,, IND Vs AFG Football Live coverage and highlights, resultvxdf