DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Saudi Arabia and Qatar were drawn in the same group for the 2019 Asian Cup, increasing the ongoing political edginess to a tournament eight months away.
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.
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Saudi Arabia is one of five teams in the expanded tournament that is focused on the World Cup in Russia.