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2019 AFC Asian Cup
2019 AFC Asian Cup Logo.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates
Dates5 January – 1 February 2019
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)8 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Qatar.png Qatar (1st title)
Runner-upFlag of Japan.png Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played51
Goals scored130 (2.55 per match)
Attendance644,307 (12,633 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Qatar Almoez Ali (8 goals)
Best playerQatar Almoez Ali
Best goalkeeperQatar Saad Al Sheeb
Fair play awardFlag of Japan.png Japan
2015
2023

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019. The tournament was won for the first time by Qatar, who defeated Japan 3–1 in the final. This was also Qatar's first ever top 4 finish in the competition. Australia, the defending champions, were eliminated by the hosts at the quarter-final stages, while the hosts themselves lost to the eventual champions in the semi-finals.

For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament is contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that had been used from 2004 to 2015. Under this new format, the finalists contested a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams. The host nation automatically qualified for the final tournament, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams through a qualifying competition, running from March 2015 to March 2018, in which the first two rounds also serve as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process for the AFC.

With the victory, Qatar regained the right to participate in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, after they had initially qualified automatically as hosts but then lost the hosting rights.

Host selection

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup bids

The bidding procedure and timeline for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was approved at the AFC congress on 28 November 2012. The winning bid was originally set to be announced at an AFC congress in June, then November 2014. However, at its 60th Anniversary celebrations at the end of 2014, AFC gave the date of 'summer 2015' to when an announcement would be made.

In January 2015, AFC general secretary Alex Soosay said that Iran and the United Arab Emirates were the only two remaining bidders for the 2019 Asian Cup, and that the eventual hosts would be announced in March 2015.

On 9 March 2015, AFC announced the hosts during an AFC Executive Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain. This was the second time the country hosted the tournament, after the 1996 edition.

Qualification

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying map

  Qualified for Asian Cup
  Failed to qualify
  Did not enter
  Not an AFC member

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification process determined the 24 participating teams for the tournament. In 2014, a proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds of the FIFA World Cup with those of the AFC Asian Cup was ratified by the AFC Competitions Committee. The new qualification structure took place in three stages, with the first two merging with the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. In the first round, the lowest ranked teams played home-and-away over two legs to reduce the total number of teams to 40. In the second round, the 40 teams were divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals. In the third round, the next best 24 teams eliminated from second round were divided into six groups of four and competed for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The first qualifying round of the qualification took place on 12 March 2015, with the final match of the third round expected to take place on 27 March 2018.

Qualified teams

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Hosts 9 March 2015 9 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Second Round Group C winners 17 November 2015 9 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
South Korea.png South Korea Second Round Group G winners 13 January 2016 13 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Japan.png Japan Second Round Group E winners 24 March 2016 8 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand Second Round Group F winners 24 March 2016 6 (1972, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Second Round Group A winners 24 March 2016 9 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Australia.png Australia Second Round Group B winners 29 March 2016 3 (2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Second Round Group H winners 29 March 2016 6 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Syria.svg Syria Second Round Group E runners up 29 March 2016 5 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011)
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Second Round Group F runners up 29 March 2016 8 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Iran.png Iran Second Round Group D winners 29 March 2016 13 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Second Round Group C runners up 29 March 2016 11 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of India.svg India Third Round Group A winners 11 October 2017 3 (1964, 1984, 2011)
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan Third Round Group A runners-up 22 March 2018 0 (debut)
Lebanon.png Lebanon Third Round Group B winners 10 November 2017 1 (2000)
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Third Round Group B runners-up 27 March 2018 4 (1980, 1992, 2011, 2015)
Jordan.png Jordan Third Round Group C winners 14 November 2017 3 (2004, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam Third Round Group C runners-up 14 November 2017 3 (19562, 19602, 2007)
Flag of Palestine.png Palestine Third Round Group D runners-up 10 October 2017 1 (2015)
Flag of Oman.png Oman Third Round Group D winners 10 October 2017 3 (2004, 2007, 2015)
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Third Round Group E winners 14 November 2017 5 (1988, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
Flag of Turkmenistan.png Turkmenistan Third Round Group E runners-up 14 November 2017 1 (2004)
Philippines.png Philippines Third Round Group F winners 27 March 2018 0 (debut)
Flag of Yemen.png Yemen Third Round Group F runners-up 27 March 2018 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Venues

The eight venues to host matches are Zayed Sports City Stadium, Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium and Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Rashid Stadium and Maktoum Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, and Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah.

Abu Dhabi
Zayed Sports City Stadium Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium Al Nahyan Stadium
Capacity: 43,206 (expanded) Capacity: 37,500 Capacity: 12,201 (expanded)
Gulf Cup (36) Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium Al-Nahyan Stadium
Dubai
Rashid Stadium Al Maktoum Stadium
Capacity: 12,000 (expanded) Capacity: 15,058 (renovated)
Rashid Stadium Al Maktoum Stadium
Al Ain Sharjah
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium Sharjah Stadium
Capacity: 25,053 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 12,000
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium night Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium Sharjah Stadium

Draw

The draw of the final tournament was held on 4 May 2018, 19:30 GST, at the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The FIFA rankings of April 2018 were used as basis for the seeding. The 12 teams that secured their place in the final tournament by the end of the second round of the qualification process were placed in Pots 1 and 2 while the remaining teams which qualified during the third round were allocated to the remaining pots. As hosts, the United Arab Emirates were seeded into Pot 1. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts placed in position A1.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates (81) (hosts)
Iran.png Iran (36)
Flag of Australia.png Australia (40)
Flag of Japan.png Japan (60)
South Korea.png South Korea (61)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia (70)

Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China (73)
Flag of Syria.svg Syria (76)
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan (88)
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq (88)
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar (101)
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand (122)

Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan (75)
Lebanon.png Lebanon (79)
Flag of Palestine.png Palestine (83)
Flag of Oman.png Oman (87)
Flag of India.svg India (97)
Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam (103)

Flag of North Korea.png North Korea (112)
Philippines.png Philippines (113)
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain (116)
Jordan.png Jordan (117)
Flag of Yemen.png Yemen (125)
Flag of Turkmenistan.png Turkmenistan (129)

Final draw

Teams were drawn consecutively into Group A to F. Teams from each pot were assigned to the positions of their groups following by number orders of group stage, for example Pot 1 team were assigned to A1, and continued.

The draw resulted in the following groups:

Group A
Pos Team
A1 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates
A2 Flag of Thailand.png Thailand
A3 Flag of India.svg India
A4 Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain
Group B
Pos Team
B1 Flag of Australia.png Australia
B2 Flag of Syria.svg Syria
B3 Flag of Palestine.png Palestine
B4 Jordan.png Jordan
Group C
Pos Team
C1 South Korea.png South Korea
C2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China
C3 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan
C4 Philippines.png Philippines
Group D
Pos Team
D1 Iran.png Iran
D2 Flag of Iraq.png Iraq
D3 Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam
D4 Flag of Yemen.png Yemen
Group E
Pos Team
E1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia
E2 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar
E3 Lebanon.png Lebanon
E4 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea
Group F
Pos Team
F1 Flag of Japan.png Japan
F2 Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan
F3 Flag of Oman.png Oman
F4 Flag of Turkmenistan.png Turkmenistan

Match officials

On 5 December 2018, the AFC announced the list of 30 referees, 30 assistant referees, two stand-by referees and two stand-by assistant referees, including one referee and two assistant referees from CONCACAF for the tournament. Video assistant referees (VAR) would be used from the quarter-finals onwards. In each match, the referee and his assistants were accompanied by two additional assistant referees stationed next to each team's goalpost.

Referees

Assistant referees

  • Flag of Australia Matthew Cream
  • Flag of Australia Anton Shchetinin
  • Flag of Bahrain Mohamed Salman
  • Flag of Bahrain Yaser Tulefat
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Cao Yi
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Huo Weiming

  • Iran Mohammadreza Mansouri
  • Iran Reza Sokhandan
  • Flag of Japan Jun Mihara
  • Flag of Japan Hiroshi Yamauchi
  • Jordan Mohammad Al-Kalaf
  • Jordan Ahmad Al-Roalle

  • South Korea Park Sang-jun
  • South Korea Yoon Kwang-yeol
  • Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Sergei Grishchenko
  • Flag of Malaysia Mohd Yusri Muhamad
  • Flag of Malaysia Mohamad Zainal Abidin
  • Flag of Mexico Miguel Hernández

  • Flag of Mexico Alberto Morín
  • Flag of Oman Abu Bakar Al-Amri
  • Flag of Oman Rashid Al-Ghaithi
  • Flag of Qatar Saud Al-Maqaleh
  • Flag of Qatar Taleb Al-Marri
  • Flag of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al-Abakry

  • Flag of Singapore Ronnie Koh Min Kiat
  • Flag of Sri Lanka Palitha Hemathunga
  • Flag of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al-Hammadi
  • Flag of the United Arab Emirates Hasan Al-Mahri
  • Flag of Uzbekistan Abdukhamidullo Rasulov
  • Flag of Uzbekistan Jakhongir Saidov
Video assistant referees
Stand-by referees
  • Flag of Sri Lanka Nivon Robesh Gamini
  • Flag of Syria Hanna Hattab
Stand-by assistant referees
  • Flag of Iraq Ali Ubaydee
  • Flag of Sri Lanka Priyanga Palliya Guruge

Squads

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup squads

Each team can register a maximum of 23 players (minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers).

Schedule

Zayed Sports City Stadium, one of three stadiums in Abu Dhabi, will stage both the opening match and the final. The match schedule itself will maximise the use of venues. At least five matches are allocated to each venue, with every ground hosting at least one match in the knockout stage. The semi-finals were played on different days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. No city will host two matches on the same day – except in the final round of group stage matches when simultaneous kick-off is required. Unlike previous editions of the tournament, there will be no third/fourth place game.

Group stage

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16.

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 9.3):

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  8. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, GST (UTC+4).

Group A

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5 Knockout stage
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 Possible Knockout stage
Flag of India.svg India 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
5 January 2019 (2019-01-05)
20:00
United Arab Emirates Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png 1–1 Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 33,878
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
Khalil Soccerball 88' (pen.) Report Al Romaihi Soccerball 78'
6 January 2019 (2019-01-06)
17:30
Thailand Flag of Thailand.png 1–4 Flag of India.svg India Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 3,250
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)
Teerasil Soccerball 33' Report Chhetri Soccerball 27' (pen.)46'
Thapa Soccerball 68'
Lalpekhlua Soccerball 80'

10 January 2019 (2019-01-10)
15:00
Bahrain Flag of Bahrain.png 0–1 Flag of Thailand.png Thailand Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 2,720
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
Report Chanathip Soccerball 58'
10 January 2019 (2019-01-10)
20:00
India Flag of India.svg 0–2 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 43,206
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Report Khalf. Mubarak Soccerball 41'
Mabkhout Soccerball 88'

14 January 2019 (2019-01-14)
20:00
United Arab Emirates Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png 1–1 Flag of Thailand.png Thailand Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 17,809
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Mabkhout Soccerball 7' Report Thitipan Soccerball 41'
14 January 2019 (2019-01-14)
20:00
India Flag of India.svg 0–1 Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 11,417
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
Report Rashid Soccerball 90+1' (pen.)

Group B

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group B
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Jordan.png Jordan 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7 Knockout stage
Flag of Australia.png Australia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
Flag of Palestine.png Palestine 3 0 2 1 0 3 −3 2 Possible Knockout stage
Flag of Syria.svg Syria 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
6 January 2019 (2019-01-06)
15:00
Australia Flag of Australia.png 0–1 Jordan.png Jordan Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 4,934
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
Report Bani Yaseen Soccerball 26'
6 January 2019 (2019-01-06)
20:00
Syria Flag of Syria.svg 0–0 Flag of Palestine.png Palestine Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 8,471
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report

10 January 2019 (2019-01-10)
17:30
Jordan Jordan.png 2–0 Flag of Syria.svg Syria Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 9,152
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
Al-Taamari Soccerball 26'
Khattab Soccerball 43'
Report
11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
15:00
Palestine Flag of Palestine.png 0–3 Flag of Australia.png Australia Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 11,915
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)
Report Maclaren Soccerball 18'
Mabil Soccerball 20'
Giannou Soccerball 90'

15 January 2019 (2019-01-15)
17:30
Australia Flag of Australia.png 3–2 Flag of Syria.svg Syria Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 10,492
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Mabil Soccerball 41'
Ikonomidis Soccerball 54'
Rogic Soccerball 90+3'
Report Kharbin Soccerball 43'
Al Somah Soccerball 80' (pen.)
15 January 2019 (2019-01-15)
17:30
Palestine Flag of Palestine.png 0–0 Jordan.png Jordan Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 20,843
Referee: Mohanad Qassim (Iraq)
Report

Group C

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group C
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
South Korea.png South Korea Knockout stage
Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan Possible Knockout stage
Philippines.png Philippines
7 January 2019 (2019-01-07)
15:00
China Flag of the People's Republic of China.png 2–1 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 1,839
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Matyash Soccerball 50' (o.g.)
Yu Dabao Soccerball 78'
Report Israilov Soccerball 42'
7 January 2019 (2019-01-07)
17:30
South Korea South Korea.png 1–0 Philippines.png Philippines Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 3,185
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Hwang Ui-jo Soccerball 67' Report

11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
17:30
Philippines Philippines.png 0–3 Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 16,013
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
Report Wu Lei Soccerball 40'66'
Yu Dabao Soccerball 80'
11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
20:00
Kyrgyzstan Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png 0–1 South Korea.png South Korea Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 4,893
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
Report Kim Min-jae Soccerball 41'

16 January 2019 (2019-01-16)
17:30
South Korea South Korea.png 2–0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 13,579
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Hwang Ui-jo Soccerball 14' (pen.)
Kim Min-jae Soccerball 51'
Report
16 January 2019 (2019-01-16)
17:30
Kyrgyzstan Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png 3–1 Philippines.png Philippines Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 4,217
Referee: Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)
Lux Soccerball 24'51'77' Report Schröck Soccerball 80'

Group D

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Iran.png Iran Knockout stage
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq
Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam Possible Knockout stage
Flag of Yemen.png Yemen
7 January 2019 (2019-01-07)
20:00
Iran Iran.png 5–0 Flag of Yemen.png Yemen Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 5,301
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Taremi Soccerball 12'25'
Dejagah Soccerball 23'
Azmoun Soccerball 53'
Ghoddos Soccerball 78'
Report
8 January 2019 (2019-01-08)
17:30
Iraq Flag of Iraq.png 3–2 Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 4,779
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
M. Ali Soccerball 35'
Tariq Soccerball 60'
Adnan Soccerball 90'
Report Faez Soccerball 24' (o.g.)
Nguyễn Công Phượng Soccerball 42'

12 January 2019 (2019-01-12)
15:00
Vietnam Flag of Vietnam.png 0–2 Iran.png Iran Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 10,841
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
Report Azmoun Soccerball 38'69'
12 January 2019 (2019-01-12)
17:30
Yemen Flag of Yemen.png 0–3 Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 9,757
Referee: Fu Ming (China PR)
Report M. Ali Soccerball 11'
Resan Soccerball 19'
Abbas Soccerball 90+1'

16 January 2019 (2019-01-16)
20:00
Vietnam Flag of Vietnam.png 2–0 Flag of Yemen.png Yemen Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 8,237
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
Nguyễn Quang Hải Soccerball 38'
Quế Ngọc Hải Soccerball 64' (pen.)
Report
16 January 2019 (2019-01-16)
20:00
Iran Iran.png 0–0 Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 15,038
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report

Group E

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group E
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 Knockout stage
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
Lebanon.png Lebanon 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3 Possible Knockout stage
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
8 January 2019 (2019-01-08)
20:00
Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 4–0 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 5,075
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
Bahebri Soccerball 28'
Al-Fatil Soccerball 37'
Al-Dawsari Soccerball 70'
Al-Muwallad Soccerball 87'
Report
9 January 2019 (2019-01-09)
20:00
Qatar Flag of Qatar.png 2–0 Lebanon.png Lebanon Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 7,847
Referee: Ma Ning (China PR)
Al-Rawi Soccerball 65'
Ali Soccerball 79'
Report

12 January 2019 (2019-01-12)
20:00
Lebanon Lebanon.png 0–2 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 13,792
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Report Al-Muwallad Soccerball 12'
Al-Mogahwi Soccerball 67'
13 January 2019 (2019-01-13)
15:00
North Korea Flag of North Korea.png 0–6 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 452
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
Report Ali Soccerball 9'11'55'60'
Khoukhi Soccerball 43'
A. Hassan Soccerball 68'

17 January 2019 (2019-01-17)
20:00
Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 0–2 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 16,067
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
Report Ali Soccerball 45+1'80'
17 January 2019 (2019-01-17)
20:00
Lebanon Lebanon.png 4–1 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 4,332
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
F. Michel Melki Soccerball 27'
El-Helwe Soccerball 65'90+8'
Maatouk Soccerball 80' (pen.)
Report Pak Kwang-ryong Soccerball 9'

Group F

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group F
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Japan.png Japan 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9 Knockout stage
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
Flag of Oman.png Oman 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 Possible Knockout stage
Flag of Turkmenistan.png Turkmenistan 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 0
9 January 2019 (2019-01-09)
15:00
Japan Flag of Japan.png Match 10 Flag of Turkmenistan.png Turkmenistan Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Report
9 January 2019 (2019-01-09)
17:30
Uzbekistan Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Match 11 Flag of Oman.png Oman Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Report

13 January 2019 (2019-01-13)
17:30
Oman Flag of Oman.png Match 23 Flag of Japan.png Japan Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Report
13 January 2019 (2019-01-13)
20:00
Turkmenistan Flag of Turkmenistan.png Match 24 Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Report

17 January 2019 (2019-01-17)
17:30
Oman Flag of Oman.png Match 33 Flag of Turkmenistan.png Turkmenistan Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Report
17 January 2019 (2019-01-17)
17:30
Japan Flag of Japan.png Match 34 Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium, Al Ain
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Ranking of third-placed teams

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 Knockout stage
Flag of Oman.png Oman 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Lebanon.png Lebanon 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Flag of Palestine.png Palestine 3 0 2 1 0 3 −3 2

Knockout stage

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage

Bracket

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
20 January  Flag of Thailand.png Thailand 1  
Hazza bin Zayed  Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China 2  
  24 January  Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China 0  
  Mohammed bin Zayed  Iran.png Iran 3  
20 January  Iran.png Iran 2
Mohammed bin Zayed  Flag of Oman.png Oman 0  
  28 January  Iran.png Iran 0  
  Hazza bin Zayed  Flag of Japan.png Japan 3  
20 January  Jordan.png Jordan 1 (2)  
Al Maktoum  Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam (p) 1 (4)  
  24 January  Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam 3
  Al Maktoum  Flag of Japan.png Japan 1  
21 January  Flag of Japan.png Japan 1
Sharjah  Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia 0  
  1 February  Flag of Japan.png Japan 1
  Zayed Sports City  Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 3
22 January  South Korea.png South Korea (a.e.t.) 2  
Rashid  Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain 1  
  25 January  South Korea.png South Korea 0
  Zayed Sports City  Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 1  
22 January  Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 1
Al Nahyan  Flag of Iraq.png Iraq 0  
  29 January  Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 4
  Mohammed bin Zayed  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 0  
21 January  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates (a.e.t.) 3  
Zayed Sports City  Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan 2  
  25 January  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 1
  Hazza bin Zayed  Flag of Australia.png Australia 0  
21 January  Flag of Australia.png Australia (p) 0 (4)
Khalifa bin Zayed  Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan 0 (2)  

Round of 16

20 January 2019 (2019-01-20)
15:00
Jordan Jordan.png 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Vietnam.png Vietnam Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 14,205
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Abdel-Rahman Soccerball 39' Report Nguyễn Công Phượng Soccerball 51'
  Penalties  
Abdel-Rahman Soccerball shad check
Faisal -Soccerball shade cross
Samir -Soccerball shade cross
Ersan Soccerball shad check
2–4 Soccerball shad check Quế Ngọc Hải
Soccerball shad check Đỗ Hùng Dũng
Soccerball shad check Lương Xuân Trường
-Soccerball shade cross Trần Minh Vương
Soccerball shad check Bùi Tiến Dũng I

20 January 2019 (2019-01-20)
18:00
Thailand Flag of Thailand.png 1–2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 8,026
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Supachai Soccerball 31' Report Xiao Zhi Soccerball 67'
Gao Lin Soccerball 71' (pen.)

20 January 2019 (2019-01-20)
21:00
Iran Iran.png 2–0 Flag of Oman.png Oman Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 31,945
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Jahanbakhsh Soccerball 32'
Dejagah Soccerball 41' (pen.)
Report

21 January 2019 (2019-01-21)
15:00
Japan Flag of Japan.png 1–0 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah
Attendance: 6,832
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Tomiyasu Soccerball 20' Report

21 January 2019 (2019-01-21)
18:00
Australia Flag of Australia.png 0–0
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 6,809
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Report
  Penalties  
Milligan Soccerball shad check
Behich -Soccerball shade cross
Kruse Soccerball shad check
Giannou Soccerball shad check
Leckie Soccerball shad check
4–2 Soccerball shad check Shukurov
-Soccerball shade cross Tukhtakhodjaev
Soccerball shad check Alibaev
-Soccerball shade cross Bikmaev

21 January 2019 (2019-01-21)
21:00
United Arab Emirates Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png 3–2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg.png Kyrgyzstan Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 17,784
Referee: Fu Ming (China PR)
Esmaeel Soccerball 14'
Mabkhout Soccerball 64'
Khalil Soccerball 103' (pen.)
Report Murzaev Soccerball 26'
Rustamov Soccerball 90+1'

22 January 2019 (2019-01-22)
17:00
South Korea South Korea.png 2–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Rashid Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 7,658
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Hwang Hee-chan Soccerball 43'
Kim Jin-su Soccerball 105+2'
Report Al Romaihi Soccerball 77'

22 January 2019 (2019-01-22)
20:00
Qatar Flag of Qatar.png 1–0 Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 14,701
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
Al-Rawi Soccerball 62' Report

Quarter-finals

24 January 2019 (2019-01-24)
17:00
Vietnam Flag of Vietnam.png 0–1 Flag of Japan.png Japan Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 8,954
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Report Doan Soccerball 57' (pen.)

24 January 2019 (2019-01-24)
20:00
China Flag of the People's Republic of China.png 0–3 Iran.png Iran Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 19,578
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Report Taremi Soccerball 18'
Azmoun Soccerball 31'
Ansarifard Soccerball 90+1'

25 January 2019 (2019-01-25)
17:00
South Korea South Korea.png 0–1 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 13,791
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report Hatem Soccerball 78'

25 January 2019 (2019-01-25)
20:00
United Arab Emirates Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png 1–0} Flag of Australia.png Australia Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 25,053
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Mabkhout Soccerball 68' Report

Semi-finals

28 January 2019 (2019-01-28)
18:00
Iran Iran.png 0–3 Flag of Japan.png Japan Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 23,262
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
Report Osako Soccerball 56'67' (pen.)
Haraguchi Soccerball 90+1'

29 January 2019 (2019-01-29)
18:00
Qatar Flag of Qatar.png 4–0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 38,646
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Khoukhi Soccerball 22'
Ali Soccerball 37'
Al-Haydos Soccerball 80'
Ismail Soccerball 90+3'
Report

Final

Main article: 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final
1 February 2019 (2019-02-01)
18:00 GST
Japan Flag of Japan.png 1–3 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 36,776
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Minamino Soccerball 69' Report Ali Soccerball 12'
Hatem Soccerball 27'
Ak. Afif Soccerball 83' (pen.)

Marketing

The official logo of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was unveiled on 23 January 2017 in Abu Dhabi during the drawing ceremony for the third round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification. The colors used in the logo were derived from the flag of the UAE. The seven hexagons formed by colored ribbons represents the seven emirates of the host country. The interlacing hexagon pattern of the logo was inspired from Islamic art, as well as the old Emirati tradition of using palm leaves, locally known as saf, in weaving. The outer circle along with the geometric design within it symbolizes the sport of football.

Concerns and controversies

Poor attendance records have been seen as a problem for the UAE in past tournaments, but Asian Cup officials are confident the tournament will attract significant numbers.

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