Hosts IR Iran are facing Kyrgyz Republic on the opening matchday in Group D of the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers at the Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium in Tehran on Wednesday.
United Arab Emirates (UAE), Nepal, hosts Iran and Kyrgyz Republic make up Group D of the qualification event for next year’s continental championship. UAE face Nepal in the opening match of Group D earlier on Wednesday.
The 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers sees 46 teams from across Asia taking part in two zones — East and West. While the former has 21 teams, the latter has a pool of 25 teams. These teams have been divided into 11 groups with four teams each, apart from Group A and G, who have five nations each.
The 11 group winners will get a direct entry into the 2020 AFC U19 Championship to be held in Uzbekistan in October next year while the four best second-placed teams will also qualify.
Hosts Uzbekistan get a direct entry which means that if one of the qualified teams turn out to be the hosts, the fifth best second-placed side will qualify for the finals as well. Saudi Arabia are the defending champions of the AFC U-19 Championship.
IR Iran vs Kyrgyz Republic in the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers will kick off at 10:15 PM HKT. You can watch the match LIVE right here.