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Posted On: 12 May 2023 02:53 pm
Updated On: 12 May 2023 03:31 pm

Asian Cup 2023™ match schedule announced, Qatar to face Lebanon in the opening match

Cassandra Pallagud
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Hosts for a record third time, defending champions Qatar will get Asia’s most prestigious competition underway by facing Lebanon on Friday, 12 January, 2024 at 7:30pm, Qatar time. The 68,895-capacity Al Bayt Stadium is set to witness an opening spectacle between the two West Asian teams, who have previously only met once in AFC Asian Cup™ history. It will be Qatar’s 40th match in tournament history, while Lebanon will be playing in an opening match of an AFC Asian Cup™ for the first time.

The AFC and the LOC for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ confirmed last month that the eagerly anticipated tournament will be staged across eight stadiums.

Six of these were venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, namely: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium as well as the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium and Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, setting the stage for the first ever AFC Asian Cup™ to be played at World Cup venues.

A day after the Al Bayt Stadium kicks off the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ with the Qatar-Lebanon clash, the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium hosts the first match of Group B on Saturday, 13 January at 2:30 pm between Australia and India. The other Group B encounter between Uzbekistan and Syria takes place at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium later in the evening at 8:30 pm. On the same day, China PR faces Tajikistan in Group A – the first match at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium – at 5:30 pm.

On Sunday, 14 January, Group D gets underway at the Al Thumama Stadium when Japan goes head-to-head with Vietnam at 2:30 pm. The Khalifa International Stadium stages its opening match three hours later at 5:30 pm when the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, China clash in Group C. The other group fixture occurs at the Education City Stadium on the same night at 8:30pm between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Palestine.

The Al Janoub Stadium comes into play on Monday, 15 January, when it hosts the Group D opener between Malaysia and Jordan.

Five of the venues will each witness six matches, with the remaining three – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium – hosting seven each.

The AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ will culminate in the Final on Saturday, 10 February 2024, at the Al Bayt Stadium, where the two finalists will battle for Continental glory at 6 pmnews qatar.

Source and cover image credit: AFC Asian Cup