As it happened: Iran puts 5 past Yemen

Iran is in Group D, along with Vietnam, Iraq and Yemen.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.   -  Getty Images

Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Group D match between Iran and Yemen in the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

Iran is certainly one of the favourites to lift the Asian Cup and Yemen, ranked 135th in the world, shouldn't be too much of a challenge for Carlos Queiroz's men. But he insists he's not getting carried away about his side being favourites, because of the number of shocks witnessed at last year's World Cup.

"I know we are in a good position when we talk about the [FIFA] rankings," Queiroz told reporters. "But, tell me one thing; how many teams from the top five, as per the rankings, reached the World Cup final in Russia?

"What counts is what you're able to do on the day, on the pitch. We are in the final phase of our preparations. We are in the taxiway and moving toward the runway. We want to ensure that everything is fresh and ready when we take off on Monday."