AFC Cup: Buoyant Indians raring to go against UAE


We've taken the first step with the win against Thailand and now have a tough game against UAE, but we will fight as we have done in the past few years.

"This situation should not have arisen, in particular, since Mr. Al-Araibi now lives and works and plays as a professional footballer in Australia, where he has been accorded refugee status", Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a statement. It will be a very hard game.

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.

"There are similarities between Jordan and Oman with UAE and these were important games and that's why we set them up". "I don't care what anyone says, nobody thought we would get here".

In Group A, Chanathip Songkrasin scored the only goal as Thailand beat Bahrain 1-0 and United Arab Emirates beat India 2-0. Nobody thought we were going to win a game.

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But India can not sit on its laurels for long as they are up for a much tougher opponent in the form of UAE on Thursday. They are expected to have most of the possession and it will be essential for India to prevent them from getting crosses into the box.

"My guys made a great performance and tactically they were very good", said Borkelmans.

Sunil Chhetri missed the chance to level the scores just before the break as India chased a second win in five days while Udanta Singh hit the crossbar for Stephen Constantine's side. Scoring in Asian Cup wouldn't be something new to Sunil, as the striker has already scored four times in the championship. With India facing a very strong opposition a lot will depend on him to win balls in the midfield and break attacks. Mabkhout had a bad game against Bahrain but will look for redemption against India.

The odds, though, appear to be stacked in UAE's favour as the Alberto Zaccheroni-coached side has a better Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking of 79, has won 8 of the 13 games between the two sides and will be spurred on by the noisy home crowd.

India continued to look the more unsafe side after the interval and went within inches of drawing level when Udanta Singh crashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar in the 55th minute.