Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

UAE beat India in Pulsating AFC Asian Cup Match - Highlights

UAE beat India in Pulsating AFC Asian Cup Match - Highlights

India will clash with hosts UAE on Thursday in their second Group A match in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Consadole Sapporo midfielder's second-half strike was enough for the Thais, who sacked their coach Milovan Rajevac after opening with a shock 4-1 loss to India.

Indian football team players vie for the ball with UAE players.

UAE scored a goal in each half to seal the win but India had chances to score.

There aren't many changes which can be expected in India's side for this game, but Chhetri will hold the key if India has to create history. Earlier, India, after starting on the front foot, missed a few chances and lost the initiative to the UAE in Abu Dhabi. "Hopefully we can get the point we need to qualify for the next stage, that would be massive for Indian football".

Luck deserted the away side as Udanta Singh's drive rebounded off the crossbar only to bounce out and fall harmlessly to an UAE defender before Jeje Lalpekhlua's volley flew inches away from the angle of the goal. UAE capitalised on another defensive lapse as Ali Mabkhout doubled their advantage with a fine finish. UAE who drew against Bahrain, denied India a chance to secure qualification with their 2-0 win on January 10. "This game was a lesson for us", Chhetri said after the game. "Our back four has been playing together for some time now". Blue Tigers fans will be hoping their main man will be on form for the UAE tonight! It will also suit India better as they will be the automatic table toppers from the group. "Discrimination is not acceptable, as we believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy", the statement said. "I sense this Indian team will be a force in the future tournaments", UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni told the media after the game.

When asked whether the Blue Tigers view UAE as their toughest opponents in the group stage, Kotal said: "Before the Thailand game, would anybody have said that it was going to be easy?" With a cold, harsh lesson learnt in the game against UAE, the young Indian side should be more prepared to face another tough test in their final group game.

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