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2019 AFC Asian Cup opens in Abu Dhabi

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By ITN News Editor January 6, 2019 12:54

2019 AFC Asian Cup opens in Abu Dhabi

The 2019 Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Asian Cup kicked off on Saturday night at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi, with several enhancements being added into the tournament.

The 17th edition of the continental football championship has introduced many firsts: first time to use a video assistant referee and the first time to adopt a fourth substitute rule and the biggest change was that the number of teams competing increased from 16 to 24. The Asian Cup also has a new championship trophy, designed by a British company from 15 kilograms of silver. The trophy depicts the five regions of the AFC organically entwined in harmony and competition, which coincides with the slogan of the 2019 Asian Cup: Bringing Asia Together. The month-long tournament got underway on Saturday with the host nation, UAE, converting a penalty to salvage a point against Bahrain in a 1-1 draw in Group A.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 6, 2019 12:54
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