UAE beat India in Pulsating AFC Asian Cup Match - Highlights

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

UAE drew their first match against Bahrain 1-1 on the opening day of the tournament.

India football coach Stephen Constantine said after the emphatic win that despite a gap of 21 places in rankings, the Blue Tigers never considered Thailand as an easy opponent. In the second half, we changed the way we play. "It's important to grow into the tournament". He also became the second highest active goal-scorer in worldwide football taking his tally to 67, which is two more than Lionel Messi.

The hosts do possess a considerable threat in front of the Indian side, but after the resounding win against Thailand, they must be confident.

A miscommunication between defender Anas Edathodika and Sandesh Jhingan saw UAE's Ali Mabkhout pounce on the ball and set up Khalfan Mubarak for the first goal in the 41st minute. All three teams now have a good chance to qualify to the knockouts at the moment. In terms of achievements in the sport, UAE have done something that India have never done - qualifying for the FIFA World Cup (in 1990). This would leave India on four points, and they would need to at least be level on points with Thailand, who would also be on four points should they draw against UAE.

India vs United Arab Emirates, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group A match will start at 09:30 PM IST on January 10 at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. If we could have taken our chances it could have been different. "I have 23 bitterly disappointed boys".

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Thailand were bolstered by the presence of key players such as Teerasil Dangda and Chanathip Songkrasin but they were simply outplayed by Sunil Chhetri and Ashique Kuruniyan.

"We've finally got respect for Indian football, we've woken the sleeping giant".

"Before, nobody believed in these players", added the Belgian.

Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm on Wednesday as the Thais bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.

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