Colombo, Jan 24 (newsin.asia) – The group stage and round of 16 is over, from 24 teams it is now down to 8 teams. After this round, the winners will play in a semifinal, ultimately leading to the finale: the AFC Asian Cup final.
Teams qualified for the quarterfinals: Vietnam, Japan, China, Iran, Korea Republic, Qatar, UAE, and Australia.
Thursday, January 24
VIETNAM vs JAPAN (6.30PM IST) – Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
CHINA PR vs IR IRAN (9.30PM IST) – Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Friday, January 25
KOREA REPUBLIC vs QATAR (6.30PM IST) – Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
UAE vs AUSTRALIA (9.30PM IST) – Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Each of the four mouth-watering matches contains a former champion. Will the home support boost the hosts UAE to edge past Australia? Will Qatar be able to end their 59-year title drought? Iran who is yet to concede will keep up with their rock-solid defense? Will Vietnam continue their magical journey to the semi-finals?