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Hosts UAE down India to go top of group at Asian Cup

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Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 04:14

Jordan's victory over Syria ensured they became the first nation to book a berth in the knockout phase of the Asian Cup as hosts the United Arab Emirates strengthened their chances of advancing with victory over India. If you ask me - without taking anything from Thailand, the least hard one among the three matches was against Thailand.The most hard game one will be against the UAE and lest we forget, Bahrain will be equally tough for us. "We will try to get the result that we need", he concluded.

Indian football team started their AFC Asian Cup in Dubai on a high as they registered a stunning 4-1 win over Thailand in the opening contest of the coveted tournament.

UAE got their act together and troubled the Indians occasionally and they also had one of their attempts blocked by the bar.

A win for India will secure them a spot in the next round, which would be a historic moment for the side which doesn't have a great record in the Asian Cup, while a win for the hosts will also bring them closer to qualification. Nobody thought we were going to win a game. "We have to fight in every game and aim to take three points".

India then hit the post once more in the last few minutes of the game but couldn't convert and lost the match 2-0.

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India won their opening game against Thailand 4-1 and are now holding the first position in the group due to the more significant goal difference. With India facing a very strong opposition a lot will depend on him to win balls in the midfield and break attacks. Sunil Chhetri's, the captain, himself had two clear chances to put India ahead.

Ali Mabkhout - He is probably one of best strikers in west Asia and has fantastic goal returns for both club and country ( 0.75 per game for club and 0.68 for country).

Ismail Al Hammadi - He has been a key member of the UAE side for over 10 years and has scored against India in 2011. Thailand now has hope of joining it in the last 16 after a change of coaches had an immediate impact, with the team earning just its second win in 22 games in the competition.

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.