Eyeing Asian Cup berth, India face Hong Kong in battle for top spot
With two wins each, both teams have six points but Jon Anderson's side are ahead of the hosts on goal difference, and the match would determine the direct qualifiers for next year's 24-team continental finals.
Only the winners of the six qualifying groups are sure to advance to the tournament, where they will be joined by the five runners-up with the best records in the competition.
First place in the group would take the Blue Tigers into the finals for an unprecedented second successive time and fifth overall.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, are eyeing their first Asia Cup qualification since 1968.
Notably, even if any of the two teams go on to lose or draw, they can still qualify as one of the five best second-placed teams.
A second-place finish would leave them waiting for results in other groups to determine whether they would take one of the five best runners-up spots.
It remains to be seen whether the Croatian World Cup semifinalist brings him in the starting line-up.
Another player who has impressed the most in the first two matches is Aashique Kurunnian who has been brilliant with his speed and control.
''We are at the point zero at the moment. We played well, that's why we made it look easy. Of course, Hong Kong will be a different challenge.'' India's defence would also brace for a big test against Hong Kong who have scored five goals in the first two matches.
For Hong Kong, Matt Orr has been in rich form as the 25-year-old striker has scored a goal each in both the matches, and he would be a threat to the Indian defence with his aerial control and finishes.
Kickoff: 8.30pm IST.
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