Doha: India was on Thursday clubbed in a tough group, along with higher-ranked Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup football final qualifying round draw held at the Aspire Dome here.

Malaysia is the fourth team in the group.

India will not have to play the qualifiers if it wins the AFC Challenge Cup final round in Hyderabad from July 30 to August 10. The winner of the AFC Challenge Cup 2008 and 2010 will directly qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup slated here.

The groupings: Group ‘A’: Japan, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Yemen. Group ‘B’: Australia, Indonesia, Oman, Kuwait. Group ‘C’: Uzbekistan, UAE, Malaysia, India. Group ‘D’: Vietnam, China, Syria, Lebanon. Group ‘E’: Iran, Thailand, Jordan, Singapore. — PTI

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