7:30 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the Afghanistan Vs India match in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. The kick-off is just an hour away! I’m your host Soham Halder, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football.

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Afghanistan Vs India: Build-Up

The Indian national team’s AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers campaign got off to an ideal start with a commanding win over Cambodia. They sit in first place in Group D after the opening round of matches, but the journey to qualification is still far from finished. India still have two games to play and next up is a hungry Afghanistan side.

The Lions of Khorasan are ‘gunning for revenge’, as per head coach Anoush Dastgir. After suffering a shocking loss to Hong Kong, Afghanistan will be determined to get a result here.

Igor Stimac’s men can’t expect an easy ride at all against Afghanistan and will have to put their best foot forward to grind out another win.

India marked their return to home soil with a very comfortable win over Cambodia in their first AFC Asian Qualifier group game. It marked their first win at home after almost four years. Their last home win was back on 10 June, 2018, against Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup final.

The Blue Tigers will have spring in their steps with the win. Anything but a victory would’ve been a poor start to the group stages and crumbled up unnecessary pressure. But now they are the ones going into the game in a confident fashion and high in momentum as well.

Afghanistan go into this game with their backs on the wall. The opening day loss to Hong Kong was surely not in their plans. The Lions of Khorasan created a lot of big chances in the game, but just weren’t clinical enough to outscore their opponents.

But they did put up a brave display by playing encouraging, attacking football against Hong Kong. It’s perhaps a preview of how they’ll play against the Blue Tigers as well. Afghanistan are desperate for a win, which means they won’t just sit back and look to hit on counter-attacks.

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