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UAE vs BAH Match Result - AFC Asian Cup 2019
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Ahmed Khalil (P) 88'
78' Mohamed Al Romaihi
93' There is the full-time whistle. It finishes UAE 1-1 Bahrain. Thailand and India should be happy with this result as the favorites to top the host dropped points to the lowest-ranked team in the nation. Group A is open folks. Here is Abhishek Kundu signing off. Do login to Sportskeeda to get the latest 2019 AFC Asian Cup updates.  
92' Bahrain with the final substitution.

ON- Sami Al Husaini
OFF- Ali Jaafar
90' Substitution for Bahrain

OFF- Ahmed Juma
ON- Mohammed Mahroon
90' 3 Minutes added on by the fourth official. Will the first match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup end in a draw?
88' GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Ahmed Khalil makes it 1-1 for UAE. The striker smothers the ball on the top right corner with no chance whatsoever for the goalkeeper. The replays suggest that the handball wasn't intentional actually. It was ball to the hand and not hand to the ball. 
86' UAE wins a penalty. The ensuing corner-kick strikes the hand of substitute Mohammed Mahroon and the referee points towards the spot after taking his time. 
86' Ali Mabkhout passes the ball towards Al Hamadi who lays it off for substitute Saif Rashid. But, a brilliant save from the Bahrain goalkeeper and UAE wins a corner. 
85' Saif Rashid with a brilliant cross but Al Hamadi takes too much time and Bahrain clear the ball. 
82' Ahmed Khalil takes the free-kick on his 100th appearance but the ball hits the wall directly. 
82' Bahrain and UAE with the substitution
UAE OFF- Khamis Esmail
UAE ON- Ahmed Khalil

Bahrain OFF- Jamal Rasheed
Bahrain ON- Abdulla Yusuf

78' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL! Bahrain is the party-pooper. A brilliant cross from the right wing and Al Rohaimi hits it goalwards. The defender make a goal-line clearance but straight on the path of Al Rohaimi again. And, this time the ball crosses the line. Bahrain 1-0 UAE. Will the scoreline remain the same?
77' A beatiful corner from Jamal Rasheed. It was dipping in and the UAE goalkeeper had to tip it away for a corner on the other side. 
75' Will a late goal decide the outcome of the first match of the tournament? It looks like that way according to me. 
72' MISS! Al Rohaimi of Bahrain latches onto Khalifa's error and he gets a shot on target from an unlikey angle. UAE now have a corner to defend. 
69' MISS! A neat variation from the UAE corner and Ali Mabkhout swings his boot on an empty goal. However, he scuffs it and the ball goes out agonizingly wide for a goal-kick. 
68' Saif Rashid with a deadly low cross and UAE's Ali Mabkhout was through on the blindside but Waleed Al Hayam clears it for corner. 
65' A wonderful corner-kick but UAE's Khalifa Ghanim's stooping header is wayward. 
64' UAE have another corner as Bandar tries to cut inside and Ali Juma gets the last touch of the ball. 
62' Substitute Saif Rashid of UAE sprints on the counter but full-back Ahmed Ali Juma tracks ball wonderfully and only concedes a corner. 
61' Khalid Eisa again comes into the rescue. Al Rohaimi was one-on-one with him but the goalie comes off his line and clears it for throw kick. 
58' A dangerous cross from the left wing but the UAE goalkeeper gets first to the ball. Al Rohaimi was lurking from behind. 
56' You can't apply the same trick on your master. UAE's strategy of counter-attacking is back-firing as the Bahraini defensive midfielders are getting the better of the ball. 
53' A Double substitutiion from UAE.

OFF- Khalfan Mubarak
OFF- Amer Abdulrahman

ON- Mohamed Abdulrahmen
ON- Saif Rashid
51' SAVE!! A brilliant double save from the goalkeeper. Ali Jaafar with a belter of a shot from the outside of the box but Khalid Eisa parries it away. Al Rohaimi pounces on the counter but the goalkeeper has narrowed the angle so well that his eventual shot hits straight to his body. 
49' A brilliant low cross from UAE's Alhasan Salah Esa but Waleed Al Hayam intercepts it and sends it out for a throw-kick. 
48' The tables have turned now. It is Bahrain who is seeing more of the ball and UAE trying to pounce on the counter. 
46' The second half kicks off as Bahrain gets the ball rolling. 
46' PEEP! PEEP! The referee blows the halftime whistle. No goals and not so much action either. UAE needs to pull up their socks if they want to get three points. If the game goes on like that, I wouldn't be surprised if the game ends in Bahrain's favor as their counter-attacking plans are working spot on. 
46' Bandar with a brilliant run but his eventual cross is extremely poor and the Bahrain right-back initiates a counter. 
44' MISS! Komal Alaswad with a brilliant free-kick. The dead-ball specialist's effort, however, hits the roof of the net. Bahrain were that close to make it 1-0. 
43' Bahrain have a free-kick just from the edge of the box. Ali Jaafar's pace and dribbling skills meant that the defenders had no option other than to bring him down. What can Bahrain fancy from this golden opportunity?

41' The hosts are playing extremely disappointing brand of football. Bahrain's strategy of attacking on the counter is working actually. 
38' Bahrain looking dangerous on the counter but Khalifa Ghanim intercepts the ball again. If it weren't for him Bahrain could have been up 2-0. 
36' Khamis Esmaeel goes in the book for bringing down a Bahraini striker. Bahrain could have made it 1-0 from the advantage but Khalifa Ghanim timely interceptions ensures they only have a corner to defend. 
35' Ameer Abdulrahman goes in the book for tucking the shirt of Ali Jaafar. 
32' A neat spell of passing amongst the UAE midfielders and they lob the ball towards Ali Mabkhout. But, in the end, the Bahrain goalkeeper catches the ball. 
28' Bahrain have a free-kick from a dangerous position as Fares Juma fouls Al Rohaimi. 
26' MISS! A cross from Alaswad from the left wing and Al Rohaimi towers above the UAE defender. However, his header is wayward. A great effort, to say the least. 
25' Bahrain win a corner after Al Rohaimi's cross clips off the foot of Khalifa Ghanim. 
23' UAE have over 65% possession but, they haven't been able to convert it into anything meaningful. 
21' On the counter! Bahrain dazzles the home crowd on the counter as Jamal Rashid runs 40-yards on the left wing. However, his final cross goes off the shoulders of Al Rohaimi. 
20' CORNER!! UAE win their second corner after the last touch goes off a Bahraini defender from Khablan's free-kick. 
17' Bahrain again caught offside. Third time actually. It is evident that they are trying to play on the counter but the UAE defenders have held their line well. 
16' Khablan Mubarak wins the ball in the midfield and feeds it toward Al Hamadi. The UAE striker instead of passing towards Ali Mabkhout tries to dribble past the defenders in the penalty box but the defenders get the better of him. 
15' MISS! Al Hamadi blows away his shot from outside the box. 
12' The UAE midfielders are trying to feed Al Hamadi or Ali Mabkhout via one dangerous pass. They have executed it perfectly in two situations but otherwise, the Bahraini centre-backs are standing tall. 
9' MISS! Amer Abdulrahman spots on Ali Mabkhout. He tries to pass towards Al Hamadi but fails to angle it. 
6' SAVE!!! Ali Mabkhout rolls the ball towards Al Hamadi and he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. But, a brilliant save from Sayed Alawi. 
5' Sayed Isa with a decent cross but straight to the hands of the UAE goalkeeper. 
3' The match is a cagey affair so far. The defenders are fizzling out any potential threats. 
1' KICKOFF... We are underway here in the Zayed Sports City Stadium. The UAE are wearing white whereas Bahrain are wearing red.
The formation is out. UAE are playing 4-3-3 and Bahrain the traditional 4-4-2. 
A vociferous cheer from the crowd as the announcers announce that the UAE national anthem is up next. 
The Bahraini national anthem is up. 
What a spectacular opening ceremony and the UAE and Bahrain teams come out of the tunnel. This would be the 28th meeting between the two Gulf countries. 
There gose the fireworks and a giant replica of the AFC Asian trophy is unveiled. A wonderful sight to move. But, we have some more music coming up before the football action kicks off. 
We are being told that there are 600 performers including around 300 children in the opening ceremony. UAE's most popular song artists Hussain Al Jassmi, Eida Al Menhali and Balqees Ahmed Fathi perform in front of the live crowd. Although the lyrics is difficult to comprehend, it is soothing to listen. The rhythm and beats are perfect, and as a fan of Asian football, I envy those who are in the stadium. 
The performers are circling the entire field and an Arab boy recites a poetry. 
The drums are rolling...
The theme of this opening ceremony is 'Bringing Asia together' as we see the flight of falcons connecting the entire Asia through the visuals. 
The opening ceremony is underway at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. 43000+ fans are watching the match live from the arena. 
The lineups are out

UAE- Khalid Eisa Bilal, Khalifa Ghanim, Fares Juma, Alhasan Saleh, Bandar Mohammed, Ali Hassan Salmin, Amer Abdulrahman, Khaflan Mubarak, Khamis Esmaeel, Ismail Al Hamadi, Ali Mabkhout

Bahrain- Sayed Shubbar Alawi, Ahmed Ali Juma, Waleed Al Hayam, Hamed Al Shamsan, Sayed Redha, Ali Jaafar Madan, Sayad Saeed, Komail Alaswad, Ali Al Safi, Mohamed Al Rohaimi, Jamal Rashed
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Abhishek Kundu from Sportskeeda and I will be updating you throughout the match. The lineups should be out at any moment. But, before that we have the opening ceremony. 
International forms of teams heading into the tournament:

UAE- The hosts decided not to play any international friendly in the run-up to the tournament so as to protect their tactics. In their last international friendly against Yemen, they beat the lowest-ranked nation in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 by 2-0.

Bahrain- Their neighbors, on the other hand, are in the top of their form. They played three international friendlies in the run-up to the tournament and beat Tajikistan, Lebanon, and North Korea 5-0, 1-0, and 4-0 respectively. However, none of them are as dangerous as UAE. 
Know the coaches:

Albert Zaccheroni (UAE) is one of the most respected coaches in the world, having previously managed a plethora of Italian clubs like Juventus and AC Milan.
His adversary, Miroslav Soukup (Bahrain), on the other hand previously managed the Yemen squad before taking charge of the Gulf nation. 
8 players from the Al-Ain SC who lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the finals of the recently concluded FIFA Club World Cup are in the squad. They are Amer Abdulrahman, Fares Juma, Bander Mohamed, Rayan Yaslam, Mohamed Abdulrahman, Khalid Eisa, Ismael Ahmed, and Mohamed Gharib
5 Most experienced players heading into the match:

Ismael Matar (UAE)- The 35-year-old has a staggering 123 international appearances to his name. However, with Ali Mabkhout and Ahmed Khalil also in the squad, it is less likely that the Al-Wehda will get a spot in the starting lineup.

Ahmed Khalil (UAE)- The 27-year-old has played 99 matches so far and would be raring to score in his 100th international appearance.

Ismael Almahmaedi (UAE)- With Omar Abdulrahman injured out of the tournament, the onus will be on the 30-year-old to organize the midfield, who has 96 international appearances to his name.

Abdulwahab Ali (Bahrain)- The hosts' gulf neighbors lack the experience factor and it will be upto the 34-year-old midfielder to pull the strings, who has 85 caps.

Waleed Abbas (UAE)- The 33-year-old defender has 78 caps and 5 goals to his name. He would be the thorn in Bahrain's attacking prospects. 

Probable XI:

UAE: Ali Khasif (GK); Walid Abbas, Fares Juma, Mohamed Ahmed, Khalifa Mubarak; Ali Salmeen, Khamis Esmaeel, Majed Hassan, Saif Rashid; Ismail Matar, Ahmed Khalil

Bahrain: Sayed Shubbar Alawi, Waleed Al Hayam, Sayed Redha Isa, Ahmed Abdulla, Ahmed Juma; Abdulwahab Al-Safi, Sayed Dhiya Saeed, Jamal Rashid, Komail Al Aswad; Abdulla Yusuf Helal, Sami Al-Husaini
UAE v Bahrain preview:
Favourites UAE will hope to start off the Asian Cup on a high when they take on Bahrain at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening at 9.30 pm IST.

Prior to the kick off, the country will hold a glitzy opening ceremony with UAE's most popular song artists Hussain Al Jassmi, Eida Al Menhali and Balqees Ahmed Fathi performing in front of the home crowd.

As for the game, UAE will push for the win right from the word go. Coached by Alberto Zaccheroni, who has experience of winning the Asian Cup with Japan in 2011 and has coached the likes of Juventuns, Inter Milan and AC Milan, the hosts will build up play patiently and then push for the goal.

While UAE did not play any friendlies in the build up to the tournament, Bahrain have scored 10 goals in their previous three games and have not let in any.

Having crashed out of the tournament in the group stages in 2015, Bahrain will look to cause an upset in the tricky Group A, which also involves India and Thailand, and fancy their chances.

UAE will be hurt by the absence of Omar Abdulrahman, their key playmaker in the midfielder. Abdulrahman has been ruled out of the tournament with an ACL experience but it will be a chance for others to step up.

The experienced Ismail Al Hammadi will shoulder the responsibility of controlling the rhythm of the game in the midfield.

As for Bahrain, coach Miroslav Soukup has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Forward Abdulla Yusuf Helal, who plays for East Riffa Club in his counrty, has five goals in 40 appearances for Bahrain. He will be the key player for the Reds.

UAE finished third in the previous edition. Zaccheroni will at least be expected to lead the hosts to the final and for that, it's important for UAE to get off to a good start.

When and where to watch:
The Star Sports Network is the official broadcaster for the Asian Cup in India. Live coverage starts from 9.20 pm IST on Saturday. Live streaming on Hotstar.
Sami Al Husaini
Ali Madan
Ahmed Khalil, Penalty
Mohamed Jasim Marhoon
Ahmed Juma
Abdulla Yusuf Helal
Jamal Rashed
Ahmed Khalil
Khamis Ismael
Mohamed Al Romaihi
Saif Rashid Nasir
Khalfan Mubarak
Mohamed Abdulrahman
Amer Abdulrahman
Khamis Ismael
Amer Abdulrahman
Bahrain (4-4-2)
Miroslav Soukup (Manager)
Khalid Essa
Alhasan Saleh
Fares Jumaa
Khaleefa Mubarak Ghanim
Bandar Al Ahbabi
Ismaeel Al Hamadi
Amer Abdulrahman
Ali Salmeen
Khamis Ismael
Khalfan Mubarak
Ali Mabkhout
Sayed Shubbar
Ahmed Juma
Waleed Al Hayam
Hamad Al Shamsan
Sayed Reda Issa
Sayed Dhiya
Kamil Al Aswad
Abdulwahab Ali
Ali Madan
Jamal Rashed
Mohamed Al Romaihi
Bahrain (4-4-2)
Miroslav Soukup (Manager)
UAE Subs
Majed Hassan
Walid Abbas
Ahmed Khalil
Ismael Matar
Mohamed Abdulrahman
Mohammed Al Shamsi
Khalifa Al hammadi
Mohamed Khalfan Ali
Mohamed Ahmad
Ali Khaseif
Ismail Ahmed
Saif Rashid Nasir
Bahrain Subs
Mahdi Al Humaidan
Sami Al Husaini
Mohamed Jasim Marhoon
Ahmed Abdulla Ali
Sayed Baqer
Ahmed Bughammar
Abdulkarim Fardan
Ali Haram
Abdulla Yusuf Helal
Ahmed Merza
Yusuf Habib
Jassim Al Shaikh
14 SHOTS 13
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 1
Stadium Sheikh Zayed Sports City
Match time Sat, 05 Jan 2019, 09:30 PM
Updated: Jan 05, 2019 23:23 PM | Published: Jan 04, 2019 12:03 PM