Non-friends Saudi Arabia and Qatar draw same Asian Cup group
Since June, tournament host the United Arab Emirates along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have severed all ties – including travel – with Qatar after accusing the country of supporting terrorism.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, were drawn on Friday in Group E beside North Korea and Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia is one of five teams in the expanded tournament that is focused on the World Cup in Russia.
The tournament begins on Jan. 5. The top two teams from each of the six groups will progress to the second round, as will the best four third-placed finishers.The final is in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 5.