Kuala Lumpur: India will face United Arab Emirates in the second round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in July going by the draw, which was announced at the AFC headquarters on Wednesday.
India will travel to UAE for an away game on July 23 while the home tie will be played on July 28. India had recently lost to UAE 0-5 in an international friendly in the run-up to the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.
The 16 lowest ranked teams - based on their record at the qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup - out of 43 Asian countries taking part in the qualifying round were paired off to play home and away matches in the first round. The eight winners from the first round will join 22 higher ranked teams. India are not playing in the first round as they have been seeded 27th.