Fans show their colours at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 – in pictures
From far and wide – and from right here in the UAE – international fans show passion for their teams during the exciting group stage matches
The AFC Asian Cup 2019 is under way, and 24 teams from across the continent are playing games at stadiums from Al Ain to Sharjah.
Since day one, photographers Pawan Singh, Antonie Robertson and Chris Whiteoak of The National have been capturing the action on-field, but they have also ventured into the car parks and stands to meet the fans.
Many travelled from around the region, and even from thousands of kilometres overseas to support their teams, but there were plenty of UAE residents and citizens at the games too. Dressed up, faces painted and flags in hand, they cheered their teams on, eager to help them make it out of the group stage, which ends on Thursday.
On Sunday, Oman and Japan play at 5.30pm at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi; and at 8pm, catch Turkmenistan vs Uzbekistan at Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.
On Monday, match day three of the group stage begins with the UAE playing Thailand at 8pm at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain; and at the same time, India play Bahrain at Al Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah.
On Tuesday, at 5.30pm, Palestine play Jordan at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi; while Australia play Syria at Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain.
Wednesday sees four games, starting at 5.30pm with South Korea and China playing at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi and Kyrgyzstan playing Philippines at Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. At 8pm on Wednesday, Vietnam play Yemen at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain; and Iran and Iraq play at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.
On Thursday, the final games of the group stage take place, starting with two games at 5.30pm, Oman and Turkmenistan play at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi; and Japan and Uzbekistan play at Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain. Then at 8pm, Lebanon play North Korea at Al Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah and Saudi Arabia play Qatar at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.
Updated: January 13, 2019 04:27 PM