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IND vs UAE Match Result - AFC Asian Cup 2019
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41' Khalfan Mubarak
88' Ali Mabkhout
UAE go on top of Group A with four points in two games. India were the better side but failed to make use of their chances.
They weren't as dominant in the second half and that allowed UAE to sink them further with a late goal.
Alberto Zaccheroni can smile. He knows this is a lucky win but it could have been so different had India gone that extra mile.
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A free-kick floated by Rowllin and Sandesh gets faint header in which is sure to go in...
But. No.
Sorry, India. You played well. But that's not how this works.
90+2' Yet another deep kick from Gurpreet is flown into the opponent's half but no one gets to the end of it.
Surely, it's done. 
No additional time?
Oh well, it's three minutes.
After all the good work, India are sure to lose this one.
Salmin drifts it nicely to Ali Mabkhout, who comes ahead of Pritam Kotal, turns, does a fake and then slots it into the bottom-left corner.
2-0 UAE.
85' Substitution - UAE. The Sunil Chhetri of the UAE team arrives.
OFF - Khalfan Mubarak
ON - Ismael Matar
83' Jeje takes a tumble as Majed Hassan shields the ball to prevent India from moving up.
81' A long free-kick by Sandesh Jhingan finds Sunil Chhetri at the edge of the box. The skipper heads it down nicely to Jeje but the Chennaiyin FC striker slips and cannot make anything of the chance.
79' Jeje clears away the second corner and we've Jackichand waiting to come on. Udanta is off.
OFF - Udanta Singh
ON - Jackichand Singh
76' Substitution - UAE
OFF - Amer Abdulrahman
ON - Mohamed Gharib
74' Pritam Kotal fails to clear the danger off that free-kick but India are saved the blushes thanks to a poor effort by UAE.
Al Hammadi tries to find the far the far corner but that takes a deflection off Kotal, bounces off the post and even ricochets off Gurpreet. Fortunately, it doesn't slip into the goal.
73' That's an unnecessary tackle on Khalfan and that sees him enter the book.
Yellow - Subhasish Bose (India)
70' Substitution - India
OFF - Anirudh Thapa
ON - Rowllin Borges

There's your goalscorer Khalfan Mubarak, involved in a tussle with Subhasish Bose
66' Good shielding by India defenders and Ashique is played the ball by Gurpreet. But he controls it off his hand and that puts an end to the promising counter.
63' Substitution - UAE.
OFF - Khamis Esmaeel
ON - Majed Hassan
62' Anas chests down and gifts the ball to the opposition again. Subhasish trips down the flank and that allows Bandar to float it into the centre under no pressure.
Gurpreet steps out of the line and collects it with his fingertips.
60' Jeje asks Thapa for the ball to be played to him off the corner.
He tries a weird flick which bounces off him and goes out.
India thought they had two corners but the official consults the linesman and signals for a goal-kick.
58' Anirudh Thapa takes on for the team to win a free-kick for India.
Sunil Chhetri lines up to take it......
Oh no.
Well, it goes way above.
So unlucky.
Great work by India. Jeje to Sunil and then he finds Udanta on the right. The Manipuri winger fires goalward but it bounces off the crossbar and rolls away.
Why does this happen only to India?
Thapa's free-kick is not cleared and the ball falls to Jeje at the edge of the box.
Jeje tries to poke it into the goal like the way he scored against Thailand but this one is just inches wide.
52' The goal-scorer Khalfan Mubarak receives treatment after receiving an elbow by Ashique during their tussle for possession. India's momentum halted.
Yellow - Ashique Kuruniyan (India)
50' Subhasish Bose gets two tackles wrong and that allows Bandar to surge forward but Anas gets a nice sliding tackle in to rescue India.
Better from the defender after the first-half blunder.
48' Jeje's first-touch off that miscued clearance by Khalifa Mubarak doesn't go down so well. Against Thailand, Jeje had scored 2 minutes after coming on. India need a similar performance now.
46' Sunil Chhetri delivers a pep talk for India and Jeje Lalpekhlua joins the team as the replacement for Halicharan Narzary.
OFF - Narzary
ON - Jeje
And that's half-time at Abu Dhabi. Khalfan provides UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni a lifeline with that wonderful finish off the mistake by Anas Edathodika.
India could have taken the lead twice in the game but Eisa stood strong against the efforts of Ashique Kuruniyan and Sunil Chhetri to deny the Blue Tigers.
All hope is not lost yet. India struck three against Thailand in the second half and we could expect a similar display in the next 45. Stay tuned.
Two minutes added.
How disappointed are you with that momentary lapse of concentration by Anas?
45' Clash of the heads as Sandesh and Ismail Mohamed both go for the ball. 
Ismail is on the ground bleeding but the physios are treating him. He's stretchered off but could return after the break.
43' CLOSE!
India respond well with Sunil Chhetri making the run from behind the defenders. He frees himself to the right side of the box and tries to find the far corner but it's just wide of the goal.
41' WHAT HAS HAPPENED? UAE TAKE THE LEAD due to India's recklenssness.
Sheer disbelief as India fail to handle a counter. Two defenders are there. Anas waits for Sandesh to clear it and Mabkhout finds Khalfan, who chips to the top-left corner. A neat finish from Khalfan Mubarak and all the good work that India did over the last 40 minutes has been wasted.
39' UAE try to break the India way with a long ball. Al Hammadi tries to get past the defenders but Sandesh Jhingan runs along and prevents him from taking a shot. Gurpreet collects.
A dangerous cross from Alhasan Saleh is directed at Khalfan but the midfielder can't make contact. The UAE player makes amends by winning the ball at the right side of the box and poking at goal. He manages to hit the side-netting.
35' UAE have 2 set-pieces with Udanta fouling Al Hammadi.
The first free-kick by Khalfan is headed away by Halicharan Narzary. Then, it's a simple clearance for Pronay Halder off a poorly taken flag-kick.
32' Both sides play a couple of wayward passes to give away the possession. Al Hammadi breaks on the counter after a long-range effort from Sunil Chhetri. Esmaeel has a go from 25 yards out but it's way over the bar.
28' Sunil Chhetri plays another smart through-ball to Ashique and the youngster unleashes pace but Ismaeel Ahmed is stronger and stretches out his leg to force a corner.
India try a similar routine with Thapa and Pronay but the cross by Pronay has no takers.
26' Danger at the other end meanwhile as Udanta gets nutmugged embarrassingly by Alhasan Saleh. The cross comes in but Anas Edathodika clears away the danger. 
Sunil Chhetri
runs in between the two central defenders, gets to the cross from Anirudh Thapa and heads it nicely. The attempt is quite strong and accurate too. But Eisa jumps in.
The stadium almost erupted in celebration. This is another of those 'what if' moments. Good reaction by Eisa though.
22' India's play seems to be frustrating UAE and Ali Mabkhout fires from 35 yards out and nowhere close to the goal.
19' UAE slow down the tempo now and are building the play patiently. 
Imagine what could have been had Ashique converted that chance a couple of minutes ago....
16' Pronay Halder fails twice to find Udanta at the right flank. Referee too intercepts a pass but India are unable to make anything of it.
12' Anirudh Thapa plays a corner short to Pronay, who holds the ball to play it again for Thapa down the flank. The midfielder drops it to the centre of the box sweetly for Jhingan but the defender's header flows wide again.
Eisa stands between Ashique and the goal after a wonderful through-ball by Sunil Chhetri. The FC Pune City winger, playing as a forward now, fires a left-footer into the corner but Eisa makes a brilliant save to deny India.
But they seem to be working well for India because it's being played from goalkeeper Gurpreet and towards Udanta Singh, who unleashes his pace and runs behind the defender.
One of them falls nicely to Ashique Kuruniyan after an aerial duel and the young attacker hits off the volley to test Eisa.
Sandesh Jhingan has a free header off that corner but he glances the ball agonisingly wide.
7' Good work by Udanta at the flank, fighting off two UAE players, including their captain Al Hammadi. The ball then falls to Pritam Kotal but the full-back's cut-back is blocked and India have a corner.
6' India might feel undone.
Goalkeeper Eisa charges out, does a back-heel and prevents India from taking a quick throw-in since he's out of position. The referee warns him but that should have been a yellow to the UAE custodian.
5' Most of UAE's attack is originating from the flanks.
But there's one long ball from the centre-back to Khalfan Mubarak but Gurpreet gets there first.
2' Full stretch.
Gurpreet ventures out to punch away a cross from the deep by Al Hammadi.
UAE have already made three chances in the first two minutes.
1' UAE start the proceedings here and we're set for a thrilling match. India, dressed in the brand new blue jersey while the hosts are playing with whites.
The captain's armband is back with Sunil Chhetri, the one true leader of the team.
The players are walking out onto the pitch. 
Jana Gana Mana first before the big match...
Ahmed Khalil, with 47 goals for UAE, could make an impact from the bench. He converted the penalty in the 1-1 draw against Bahrain.
Rival to watch out for - Ali Ahmed Mabkhout. 
The Al Jazira attacker will play a crucial role in the absence of Omar Abdulrahman. He has 46 goals for the national team.
Aiming for the victory.
"We're not coming here to trying to draw the game. We're here to win it. If we get a draw at the end of the day, we'll still take it. You can't change a winning team," says Stephen Constantine minutes before the kick-off.
Speaking about the head-to-head record, UAE have beaten India eight times in 11 meetings. India have won only twice.
The UAE Football Federation has given away 5,000 tickets for Emirati fans to ensure the team has a home advantage. That apart, 11,000 school children have been invited to watch the game live at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Alberto Zaccheroni and the UAE side are under pressure. They were expected to coast through this group, but Bahrain had other ideas on opening day. Their recent form has been nothing to be excited about either. Can india harness that pressure to their advantage?

Right, Mr. Constantine. Which Indian side are you going to let on the pitch today? The drab one which turned up for the first half against Thailand? Please let it be the thrilling one that turned up for the second half that evening. Please?
India go into this game unchanged, while UAE have brought in Ismail Mohamed instead of Fares Juma after that 1-1 draw with Bahrain.
Can India go for the win?
Starting XI for India:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subhasish Bose, Sandesh Jhingan, Anirudh Thapa, Sunil Chhetri (captain), Ashique Kuruniyan, Pronay Halder, Udanta Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika

Starting XI for UAE:
Khalid Eisa (GK), Ali Salmin, Khalifa Mubarak, Amer Abdulrahman, Ali Mabkhout, Bandar Al Ahbabi, Khamis Esmaeel, Ismail Al Hammadi (captain), Al Hasan Saleh, Ismail Mohamed, Khalfan Mubarak
Wide Open.
Group A is wide open after Thailand's narrow 1-0 win over Bahrain. This could give India some purpose against UAE and aim for all the three points from the fixture.
Zach talk.
“What we lacked on the pitch was the fighting qualities from the players," UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni said ahead of the game against India. "We will address this when we are preparing for the next game against India and we’ll come with a different attitude."
Under coach Alberto Zaccheroni, UAE have scored only 10 goals in 18 games. Along with the poor form in front of the goal, they will also be missing their key creative player Omar Abdulrahman.
UAE are the highest ranked side in Group A with a FIFA rank of 79. India are ranked 97th, while Bahrain and Thailand are 113th and 118th respectively.
Sunil Chhetri surpassed Argentine star Lionel Messi in the list of active goalscorer in internationals with his first goal against Thailand. Chhetri's tally is now 67, two more than Messi.
The last time that India beat UAE was back in 2001 in a World Cup qualifier. Bhaichung Bhutia scored India's only goal at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Bhutia tapped home a shot by Jules Alberto to win it for India.
In the game against Thailand, Sunil Chhetri made 29 successful passes out of 47 attempts apart from his two goals. Jeje Lalpekhlua, who played only 17 minutes, made 6 successful passes out of 7. Can these two maintain that form for India against UAE?
The pick of the midfielders was Pronay Halder in the game against Thailand. Halder won 10 duels out of 16. Halicharan Narzary was successful in winning nine duels out of 15.
Defender Pritam Kotal was quite active in the game against Thailand. He made 2 tackles, 12 interceptions and 3 important clearances. Sandesh Jhingan made the most clearances among all defenders - 6.
Big planning.
India right-back Pritam Kotal says the national team has devised some plans to thwart UAE. He wouldn't reveal what they are though. 
“We have our plans for the UAE game. You will be able to see them while we implement it on the pitch,” Kotal said. “They are a very good side. We have a lot of respect for them. But we are ready to give it a real fight.”
UAE's best finish came during the 1996 Asian Cup, where they finished as runners-up. India too were runners-up in the 1964 edition.
Predicted XI for India:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Subhasish Bose, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri
Predicted XI for UAE:
Khalid Eisa (GK), Alhasan Saleh, Fares Juma, Khalifa Mubarak, Bandar Al Ahbabi, Ismail Al Hammadi, Amer Abdulrahman, Ali Salmeen, Saif Rashid Nasir, Ahmed Khalil, Ali Mabkhout
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will be a busy man on Thursday and will be expected to maintain a clean sheet against the hosts. Can he deliver?
India vs UAE preview:

India will have to prove that their 4-1 victory over Thailand was no flash in a pan when they take on hosts UAE at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening.

A Sunil Chhetri brace and a goal apiece by Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua helped India bag all three points against Thailand in their Asian Cup opener. On the other hand, UAE were held to a 1-1 draw by Bahrain in the tournament opener.

UAE came into the tournament as the group favourites but Bahrain's outing against them gives India hope of even bagging all the three points and sealing the top spot in Group A.

In their last 18 matches under coach Alberto Zaccheroni, UAE have been victorious only five times. They have drawn seven matches and lost six of them under the coach, who helmed Japan to the Asian Cup title in 2011.

It's not just by recent form that India have a slight edge over their rivals. UAE are also missing their key player Omar Abdulrahman due to an ACL injury.

In his absence, UAE have been unable to find that flair in the midfield as Abdulrahman is their most creative player.

Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, typically a forward, was tried out in Abdulrahman's position in the game against Bahrain and did not quite excel in that role.

The 28-year-old striker for Al Jazira has notched more than 40 goals in 60 appearances for the club and should return as the main forward for UAE this time around.

Ahmed Khalil came to UAE's rescue by converting a penalty in the game against Bahrain. It remains to be seen if Zaccheroni, a former coach with top Serie A clubs like Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Lazio, hands him a start.

As for India, coach Stephen Constantine is mostly expected to go with the same XI as the game against Thailand. This will mean Ashique Kuruniyan will play as a second striker instead of a winger.

Jeje will be handed the responsibility to make an impact off the bench. The majority of the responsibility of scoring goals will go to India's top-scorer Chhetri, who surpassed Lionel Messi with his international goals tally.

When and where to watch: The India v UAE game will be telecast live on Star Sports Network. Live streaming on Hotstar and Jio TV. The kick-off is at 9.30 pm IST.
Ali Mabkhout
assist: Ali Salmeen
Ismael Matar
Khalfan Mubarak
J. Singh
U. Singh
Mohamed Ahmad
Amer Abdulrahman
S. Bose
R. Borges
A. Thapa
Majed Hassan
Khamis Ismael
A. Kuruniyan
J. Lalpekhlua
H. Narzary
Khalfan Mubarak
assist: Ali Mabkhout
UAE (4-1-2-2-1)
Alberto Zaccheroni (Manager)
G. Singh
S. Bose
A. Edathodika
S. Jhingan
P. Kotal
H. Narzary
P. Halder
A. Thapa
U. Singh
S. Chhetri
A. Kuruniyan
Khalid Essa
Alhasan Saleh
Ismail Ahmed
Khaleefa Mubarak Ghanim
Bandar Al Ahbabi
Ali Salmeen
Khamis Ismael
Amer Abdulrahman
Ismaeel Al Hamadi
Khalfan Mubarak
Ali Mabkhout
UAE (4-1-2-2-1)
Alberto Zaccheroni (Manager)
India Subs
R. Borges
N. Das
S. Golui
V. Kaith
J. Lalpekhlua
S. Passi
V. Rai
B. Singh
Salam Singh
J. Singh
G. Singh
A. Singh
UAE Subs
Majed Hassan
Walid Abbas
Ahmed Khalil
Ismael Matar
Mohamed Abdulrahman
Fares Jumaa
Mohammed Al Shamsi
Khalifa Al hammadi
Mohamed Khalfan Ali
Mohamed Ahmad
Ali Khaseif
Saif Rashid Nasir
16 FOULS 9
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 2 5
2 Thailand 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Bahrain 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 India 3 1 0 2 0 3
Group B
1 Jordan 3 2 1 0 3 7
2 Australia 3 2 0 1 3 6
3 Palestine 3 0 2 1 -3 2
4 Syria 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group C
1 Korea Republic 3 3 0 0 4 9
2 China PR 3 2 0 1 2 6
3 Kyrgyz Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Philippines 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Group D
1 Iran 3 2 1 0 7 7
2 Iraq 3 2 1 0 4 7
3 Vietnam 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Yemen 3 0 0 3 -10 0
Group E
1 Qatar 3 3 0 0 10 9
2 Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Lebanon 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Korea DPR 3 0 0 3 -13 0
Group F
1 Japan 3 3 0 0 3 9
2 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Oman 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Turkmenistan 3 0 0 3 -7 0
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament AFC Asian Cup 2019 - Week 2
Stadium Sheikh Zayed Sports City
Match time Thu, 10 Jan 2019, 09:30 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 23:23 PM | Published: Jan 09, 2019 12:37 PM