The host faces Bahrain in Abu Dhabi in the opening match. Regional powerhouses like Japan, South Korea, and Australia are tipped as favorites, but the hosts are optimistic heading into the first match of the tournament.
Hosts United Arab Emirates looked to be falling to a shock opening day defeat to Bahrain until they won a controversial 88th minute penalty. Substitute Ahmed Khalil scored from the spot to rescue a point for his side.
A late Bahrain penalty denied India a first-ever spot in the last-16, with coach Stephen Constantine stepping down after his team failed to make it out of Group A. Elsewhere, hosts UAE drew with Thailand.
Australia's Asian Cup title defense got off to a nightmare start as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Jordan. In the day's other games India crushed Thailand and Syria were held by Palestine.
With the 2019 Asian Cup kicking off on Saturday, DW takes a look at each group and predicts which teams will make the knockouts. Traditional regional powers and emerging teams face differing levels of expectation.
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