Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Asian Cup: Mubarak, Mabkhout on target as UAE punish India

Asian Cup: Mubarak, Mabkhout on target as UAE punish India

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.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac after a 4-1 loss to India.

Both India and UAE have played 13 matches against each other and UAE has emerged triumphant on eight occasions while India has won just three of them, two of those encounters have been draws.

A video purportedly showing a man locking up supporters of the Indian football team in a birdcage ahead of a crucial match with the UAE has gone viral, prompting the UAE authorities to arrest several persons, reports said Friday.

UAE scored a goal in each half to seal the win but India had chances to score. One-by-one every UAE player that passed behind Chhetri in the mixed zone made sure they appreciated India's performance in the game.

"We needed a goal, that is why he (Stephen Constantine) put me in". He asks them who do they support between the UAE and India, Khaleej Times reported.

Thailand’s Chalermpong Kerdka fights for the ball with India’s Sunil Chhetri during their teams’ AFC Asian Cup group A match in Abu Dhabi UAE Sunday Jan. 6

Three minutes later, India again experienced the so-near-yet-so-far moment when Udanta Singh's shot ricochets off the bar. "That's our game plan against Bahrain", Chhetri said. UAE who drew against Bahrain, denied India a chance to secure qualification with their 2-0 win on January 10.

"We have to pick ourselves up from this because no one else is voting to come and do that for us".

UAE fans wave their flags before the game.

A point against Bahrain in the last game would still be enough for India to qualify, with a win assuring India a top two spot in the group. "This is how football is sometimes and we must react in the next game and try and get a result to see us through", Chhetri added.

If they beat Bahrain, then it does not matter if Thailand get a victory over UAE as well as that ensures India's inclusion to the next round, if Thailand beat UAE that drops the hosts to third place and the War Elephants go up to second. 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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