2019 AFC Asian Cup Group C

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Group C of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup will take place from 7 to 16 January 2019.[1] The group consists of South Korea, China PR, Kyrgyzstan, and the Philippines.[2] The top two teams, possibly along with the third-place team (if they are ranked as one of the best four), will advance to the round of 16.[3]

South Korea is the only former champion in the group, having won both 1956 and 1960 editions. The Philippines and Kyrgyzstan both make debuts in the tournament.


Draw position Team Zone Method of
Date of
Previous best
FIFA Rankings
April 2018[nb 1] December 2018
C1  South Korea EAFF Second Round Group G winners 13 January 2016 14th 2015 (runners-up) Winners (1956, 1960) 61 53
C2  China PR EAFF Second Round Group C runners-up
(4th best runners-up)
29 March 2016 12th 2015 (quarter-finals) Runners-up (1984, 2004) 73 76
C3  Kyrgyzstan CAFA Third Round Group A runners-up 22 March 2018 1st Debut 75 91
C4  Philippines AFF Third Round Group F winners 27 March 2018 1st Debut 113 116
  1. ^ The rankings of April 2018 were used for seeding for the final draw.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China PR (A) 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea (A) 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6
3  Kyrgyzstan (Y) 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Philippines (Y) 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 11 January 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(A) Advance to a further round; (Y) Cannot finish in top two.

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group C will advance to play the third-placed team of Group A (Bahrain), Group B (Palestine), or Group F.
  • The runners-up of Group C will advance to play the runners-up of Group A, Thailand.
  • The third-placed team of Group C might advance to play the winners of Group A, the United Arab Emirates (if one of the four best third-placed teams).


All times listed are GST (UTC+4).

China PR vs Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Kyrgyzstan and China last played against each other in a friendly which ended in a 2–0 win for China.[4]

Wu Lei had China's first effort at goal when he shot straight at Pavel Matyash in the 9th minute.[5] Wu Xi shot just wide following a lay-off from Wu Lei before Gao Lin’s lofted, curling delivery from the left skipped away from a sliding Yu Dabao at the far post and bounced to safety. Mirlan Murzaev’s headed flick found Akhlidin Israilov on the edge of the area and the midfielder volleyed home via the inside of Yan Junling’s left post.[6] Five minutes into the second half, Valery Kichin's attempted headed clearance from a corner went straight up and Matyash, in trying to tip the ball over his crossbar, pushed it into his own net off the woodwork.[7] Twelve minutes later, Wu Xi headed over the bar at the end of a move involving Zhang Linpeng and Gao Lin while Wu Lei also saw his headed attempt clear the goal in the 71st minute. With 12 minutes remaining China took the lead when Wu Xi’s header directed Liu Yang’s long ball from the back into Yu’s path who slotted his shot beyond Matyash.[6]

China PR 2–1 Kyrgyzstan
China PR
GK 1 Yan Junling
CB 5 Zhang Linpeng
CB 4 Shi Ke Substituted off 46'
CB 6 Feng Xiaoting (c)
RWB 17 Zhang Chengdong Substituted off 89'
LWB 19 Liu Yang
CM 15 Wu Xi
CM 13 Chi Zhongguo
CM 16 Jin Jingdao Substituted off 24'
CF 18 Gao Lin
CF 7 Wu Lei
FW 22 Yu Dabao Substituted in 24'
MF 11 Hao Junmin Substituted in 46'
DF 2 Liu Yiming Substituted in 89'
Italy Marcello Lippi
CHN-KGZ 2019-01-07.svg
GK 1 Pavel Matyash
RB 2 Valery Kichin (c)
CB 23 Akhlidin Israilov Substituted off 61'
CB 17 Daniel Tagoe
LB 3 Tamirlan Kozubaev
RM 11 Bekzhan Sagynbaev
CM 18 Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu Yellow card 57'
CM 21 Farhat Musabekov
LM 9 Edgar Bernhardt Substituted off 82'
CF 10 Mirlan Murzaev
CF 19 Vitalij Lux Substituted off 88'
MF 22 Anton Zemlianukhin Substituted in 61'
MF 8 Aziz Sydykov Substituted in 82'
FW 14 Ernist Batyrkanov Substituted in 88'
Russia Aleksandr Krestinin

Man of the Match:
Wu Lei (China PR)

Assistant referees:
Mohamed Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Hasan Al-Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth official:
Ahmad Al-Roalle (Jordan)
Additional assistant referees:
Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Ammar Al-Jeneibi (United Arab Emirates)

South Korea vs Philippines[edit]

This match will be the first meeting between South Korea and the Philippines in 39 years with the last meeting in 1980 ending in a 8–0 win for the Koreans.[8]

South Korea were awarded a free-kick after Luke Woodland fouled Koo Ja-cheol outside the box, Jung Woo-young’s resulting strike missed the top left corner of the net by inches. Five minutes from the break, Lee Yong’s pass into the penalty box found Hwang Ui-jo, who then turned to unleash a shot but Philippines goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard made a save to deny him. Moments later, South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu parried away Javier Patiño’s volley, that began from a counter-attack after Daisuke Sato intercepted a pass and released a cross to the forward.[9] Ten minutes into the second half, Patiño's shot was saved by Kim.[10] South Korea sent on Hwang In-beom and Lee Chung-yong and less than three minutes later, Lee's pass found Hwang Hee-chan, whose back pass set Ui-jo to open the scoring from close range in the 67th minute. Phil Younghusband replaced John-Patrick Strauß in the final minute of the game, but South Korea held on to claim the win.[9]

South Korea 1–0 Philippines
Attendance: 3,185
South Korea
GK 1 Kim Seung-gyu
RB 2 Lee Yong Yellow card 25'
CB 4 Kim Min-jae
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon (c)
LB 3 Kim Jin-su Yellow card 77'
CM 5 Jung Woo-young Yellow card 52'
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng Substituted off 58'
RW 10 Lee Jae-sung Substituted off 86'
AM 13 Koo Ja-cheol Substituted off 64'
LW 11 Hwang Hee-chan
CF 18 Hwang Ui-jo
MF 6 Hwang In-beom Substituted in 58'
MF 17 Lee Chung-yong Substituted in 64'
MF 8 Ju Se-jong Substituted in 86'
Portugal Paulo Bento
KOR-PHI 2019-01-07.svg
GK 15 Michael Falkesgaard
RB 6 Luke Woodland
CB 2 Álvaro Silva
CB 12 Stephan Palla
LB 11 Daisuke Sato
DM 4 John-Patrick Strauß Substituted off 89'
CM 8 Manuel Ott Substituted off 78'
CM 14 Kevin Ingreso Substituted off 75'
AM 17 Stephan Schröck (c) Yellow card 88'
CF 18 Patrick Reichelt Yellow card 60'
CF 20 Javier Patiño
FW 7 Iain Ramsay Substituted in 75'
DF 13 Adam Reed Substituted in 78'
FW 10 Phil Younghusband Substituted in 89'
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson

Man of the Match:
Hwang Ui-jo (South Korea)

Assistant referees:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Mohamed Salman (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Mohammed Al-Abakry (Saudi Arabia)
Additional assistant referees:
Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)
Mohanad Qassim (Iraq)

Philippines vs China PR[edit]

The last match played between the two sides, a friendly in 2017, concluded in a 8–1 win for the Chinese over the Philippines.[11]

The Philippines threatened to break the deadlock in the 23rd minute when Patrick Reichelt and John-Patrick Strauß combined to set-up Javier Patiño whose goalbound effort was blocked by defender Feng Xiaoting. However, after Wu Xi had flashed a header narrowly wide, China went ahead on 40 minutes, Wu Lei received Hao Junmin’s pass and finished from 12 yards past Michael Falkesgaard. In the final moments of the first half, China custodian Yan Junling made a fine save to deny Kevin Ingreso and maintain his side’s slender advantage. After the break, Wu Lei’s angled volley forced Falkesgaard into a save, before he bagged his second of the game with a finish from Hao’s 66th minute free-kick. Falkesgaard then pulled off another stop to deny Wu Lei once again, only for Yu Dabao to add a third in the 80th minute when he headed home from a corner just 19 seconds after coming on as a substitute.[12]

Philippines 0–3 China PR
China PR
GK 15 Michael Falkesgaard
RB 2 Álvaro Silva Yellow card 34'
CB 6 Luke Woodland
CB 3 Carli de Murga Substituted off 66'
LB 11 Daisuke Sato Yellow card 55'
RM 14 Kevin Ingreso
CM 4 John-Patrick Strauß Substituted off 85'
CM 17 Stephan Schröck (c)
LM 12 Stephan Palla
CF 18 Patrick Reichelt Substituted off 88'
CF 20 Javier Patiño
FW 10 Phil Younghusband Substituted in 66'
MF 8 Manuel Ott Substituted in 85'
DF 19 Curt Dizon Substituted in 88'
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
PHI-CHN 2019-01-11.svg
GK 1 Yan Junling
CB 5 Zhang Linpeng
CB 6 Feng Xiaoting Yellow card 73'
CB 4 Shi Ke
RM 15 Wu Xi
CM 8 Zhao Xuri Substituted off 72'
CM 10 Zheng Zhi (c) Substituted off 83'
CM 11 Hao Junmin
LM 19 Liu Yang
CF 18 Gao Lin Substituted off 80'
CF 7 Wu Lei
MF 20 Yu Hanchao Substituted in 72'
FW 22 Yu Dabao Substituted in 80'
MF 13 Chi Zhongguo Substituted in 83'
Italy Marcello Lippi

Man of the Match:
Wu Lei (China PR)

Assistant referees:[13]
Mohd Yusri Muhamad (Malaysia)
Jun Mihara (Japan)
Fourth official:
Mohamed Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Additional assistant referees:
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Kyrgyzstan vs South Korea[edit]

Twelve minutes into the game, Kutman Kadyrbekov dropped to his left to keep out Koo Ja-cheol’s low strike form 25 yards and Tamirlan Kozubaev blocked Hwang Ui-jo’s attempt to slot home the rebound. Eleven minutes from the break, Bekzhan Sabynbaev's shot from close range was saved by Kim Seung-gyu. Lee Chung-yong fired over the bar in the 36th minute while Koo shot from distance, only for Kadyrbekov to make another save. The resulting corner by Hong Chul found Kim Min-jae who powered his downward header between Kadyrbekov’s legs and over the line. In the 68th minute, Hwang Ui-jo's header came back off the crossbar and bounced on the goal line before Kozubaev headed it to safety. Five minutes later, Hwang Ui-jo saw another attempt hit the woodwork, this time after Chung-yong’s cross-field ball set him up to shoot, Kadyrbekov somehow touched the ball onto the crossbar. A minute later, Hwang Hee-chan managed to clip the top of the crossbar from a central position. But in the end, Min-jae’s goal was enough to see off Kyrgyzstan and take the two-time champions into the next phase of the competition.[14]

Kyrgyzstan 0–1 South Korea
South Korea
GK 13 Kutman Kadyrbekov
RB 18 Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu
CB 17 Daniel Tagoe
CB 3 Tamirlan Kozubaev
LB 2 Valery Kichin (c)
RM 23 Akhlidin Israilov Substituted off 81'
CM 9 Edgar Bernhardt Substituted off 77'
CM 8 Aziz Sydykov Substituted off 69'
CM 21 Farhat Musabekov
LM 11 Bekzhan Sagynbaev
CF 10 Mirlan Murzaev
FW 19 Vitalij Lux Substituted in 69'
MF 20 Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov Substituted in 77'
MF 7 Tursunali Rustamov Yellow card 83' Substituted in 81'
Russia Aleksandr Krestinin
KGZ-KOR 2019-01-11.svg
GK 1 Kim Seung-gyu
RB 2 Lee Yong Yellow card 79'
CB 4 Kim Min-jae
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon (c)
LB 14 Hong Chul
RM 11 Hwang Hee-chan
CM 6 Hwang In-beom
CM 5 Jung Woo-young
CM 13 Koo Ja-cheol Substituted off 63'
LM 17 Lee Chung-yong
CF 18 Hwang Ui-jo Substituted off 82'
MF 8 Ju Se-jong Substituted in 63'
FW 9 Ji Dong-won Substituted in 82'
Portugal Paulo Bento

Man of the Match:
Hwang In-beom (South Korea)

Assistant referees:[13]
Taleb Al-Marri (Qatar)
Saud Al-Maqaleh (Qatar)
Fourth official:
Abu Bakar Al-Amri (Oman)
Additional assistant referees:
Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Khamis Al-Kuwari (Qatar)

South Korea vs China PR[edit]

South Korea Match 29 China PR

Kyrgyzstan vs Philippines[edit]

They last played against each other in a friendly which ended in a 1–0 win for the Philippines.[15]

Kyrgyzstan Match 30 Philippines


Fair play points will be used as tiebreakers if the head-to-head and overall records of teams are tied (and if the penalty shoot-out is not applicable as a tiebreaker). These are calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[3][16]

  • yellow card = 1 point
  • red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points
  • direct red card = 3 points
  • yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points

Only one of the above deductions will be applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card
 China PR 1 −1
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 −2
 Philippines 2 2 −4
 South Korea 3 1 −4


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