Bahrain defender Waleed Al Hayam (right) celebrates after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group A football match against India. Photo: AFP

Asian Cup expansion has worked even with India’s dramatic defeat breaking Blue Tigers hearts

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Topic |   AFC Asian Cup 2019

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Bahrain defender Waleed Al Hayam (right) celebrates after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group A football match against India. Photo: AFP
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