Intercontinental Cup 2019: Defending champions India to take on Tajikistan in opening clash

New Delhi: The Indian football team, under new head coach Igor Stimac, will take on Tajikistan in the opening clash of the Hero Intercontinental Cup scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad from 7 to 18 July.

After facing Tajikistan on 5 July, India will meet North Korea on 13 July, followed by their match against Syria on 16 July.

 Intercontinental Cup 2019: Defending champions India to take on Tajikistan in opening clash

Indian football team members during a practice session. Image courtesy: Twitter @IndianFootball

The top two teams from the round robin stage will qualify for the final that is scheduled on 18 July.

According to the latest FIFA rankings released in April, Syria are ranked 83rd followed by Tajikistan and North Korea, who are placed 120 and 121 respectively.

India currently occupied 101st position in the rankings.

The Blue Tigers are the defending champions as they lifted the title last year with a victory against Kenya in the final.

The other two teams that competed last year were New Zealand and Chinese Taipei.

The Indian side will be heading into the tournament on the back of a promising show in the King's Cup in Thailand, where they finished third.

India had beaten hosts Thailand 1-0 to hand Stimac his first win in the King's Cup tournament last Saturday.

Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019 fixtures are as follows:

July 7: India vs Tajikistan

July 8: Syria vs DPR Korea

July 10: Tajikistan vs Syria

July 13: India vs DPR Korea

July 15: DPR Korea vs Tajikistan

July 16: India vs Syria

July 18: Final.

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Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 18:01:48 IST