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India Vs Hong Kong: Build-up

India have already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 alongside Hong Kong following Palestine’s win over the Philippines in Group B. But their final game in the qualifiers is also bound to be their most difficult one. That is because India’s next opponents are also unbeaten like them. Hong Kong are actually on top of the group with a superior goal difference. They’ve scored five goals and only conceded one in two games, winning both.

Hong Kong will provide a greater fight to India than their last two opponents. ‘The Strength’, as the team is nicknamed, are also determined to win the group themselves. For the Blue Tigers to cap off a perfect qualifiers campaign, they’ll need to save their best for last and produce a defiant performance to blow away the visitors.

The Blue Tigers have dominated their last two games and created a lot of chances, playing an efficient style that involves precise crosses and quick movement in the final third. But they’ll have to ramp up their attacking intensity against Hong Kong, which has the best defensive record in the group.

India know they have to be more clinical in the final third and convert their chances better. The players need to be accurate and precise with their work, because any sloppy mistakes can be catastrophic.

There is no room for slacking off anymore. If the Blue Tigers are really hungry to win the group, they need to win. Both teams have already secured qualification to the AFC Asian Cup 2023. However, Stimac will be eager for a win so that India can prove their ‘favorites’ tag right.

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