9/23/2018 4:33:09 PM (GMT+3)

India to play against China in October international friendly

India to play against China in October international friendly

NEW DELHI: India will travel to China to play an international friendly against China on October 13.

The match, which will be played at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium at Suzhou City, Jiangsu province, is being organised as part of their preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup 2019 next January.

India has not yet beaten China in the 17 matches that they faced each other, with the last one played 21 years ago at the 1997 Nehru Cup in Kochi -- China has won 12 while rest five were drawn.

"China are a strong team and the match will be a tough test for us. But we need to play these sort of game right now. Getting to play under pressure is important and an away fixture in China is exactly the kind of game we need,” said India coach Stephen Constantine on the federation website. "Hopefully, everyone stays free from injury as it's going to be an important game for the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January.”

India are currently ranked 97 in the September FIFA Rankings while China are 76.

 

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