Aiming for qualification from the group stages, the Indian National Team ended up on the losing side going down 0-2 to hosts United Arab Emirates in their second Group stage match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Blue Tigers next play Bahrain in their last match on January 14. India are presently on three points from 2 matches, the same as Thailand, with UAE currently topping the group with 4 points from 2 matches.
It was a day when the Indians hit the post twice in the second half and muffed two in the first-half. Alhamsi´s 40th-minute strike much against the run of play, and then Ali Mabkhout´s 88th-minute goal played villain on a night where the Blue Tigers gave the hosts the scare of their lives from the first minute itself.
It just seemed like fate did not allow India to score.
Blue Tigers defeat made Group A wide open with all 4 teams still having a realistic chance of qualifying for the next stage.
The win takes UAE at the top with 4 points while India go second on goal difference, being level 3 points with Thailand and Baharin has 1 point with a match to go for each team.
Goalie365 TOP of the Match:
A. Mabkhout of UAE delivered in a man of the match performance as UAE defeated India in a crucial match. Provided the assist for Khalfan Mubarak´s first goal while scoring the second himself.
Goalie365 FLOP of the Match:
Indian defender Anas Edathodika didn´t do enough to deal with the UAE forwards for both the goals and was let down by his positioning.
Blue Tigers went down 2-0 against UAE in their second encounter at the group stage...
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