AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs UAE in Abu Dhabi, Highlights: As It Happened
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Catch all the highlights of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and UAE.
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As It Happened: UAE beat India 2-0 to go top of the group. Mubarak and Mabkhout scored the goals for UAE as India wasted plenty of chances upfront. India have two good chances in the first half while they hit the crossbar twice in the second half. This loss leaves India second on the table and they will play Bahrain in their third match of the tournament on Monday.
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That’s the final whistle folks. UAE have beaten India 2-0 to go top of the group. Mubarak and Mabkhout scored the goals for UAE as India wasted plenty of chances upfront. India have two good chances in the first half while they hit the crossbar twice in the second half.
UAE score their second goal (88’)
UAE have scored their second goal of the match as Mabkhout found acres of space inside the box and he easily beat the India keeper. UAE are on the verge of a crucial win here.
India cannot create opportunity
India haven’t been able to create as many chances in the second half as they did in the first and UAE are now strolling towards a win now. With just five minutes to go in the second half, one would feel that India will create at least one chance.
Substitution for India
Jackichand Singh comes on the pitch in place of Udanta Singh as India look for one final flourish in the last 11 minutes of the match (plus extra time if any).
Al Hammadi hits the post (74’)
Ismail Al Hammadi found space inside the box and he hit a thumping right-foot drive which beat the India keeper very easily. However, luckily for India, the ball crashed into the post and India remain 0-1 behind.
UAE hogging possession
In the last 10 minutes, Indian players have been chasing the shadows of their UAE counterparts. India are not being allowed to stitch passes together like they did in the first half and that has give the hosts more control in the second half.
Indian players working hard
UAE players are dominating the ball in the last few minutes as India are trying to keep up with their counterparts. India have looked dangerous on counter attacks and that remains their best bet to score. 20 minutes have been played in the second half.
Udanta hits the crossbar (55’)
Excellent one-two play between Sunil Chhetri and Udanta and the latter found space inside the box. He unleashed a fierce drive and ball hit the crossbar on its way out of the D. India still trail 1-0.
Jeje comes close now (53’)
The ball falls kindly for substitute striker Jeje on the edge of the box and he unleashes a volley after using his chest to bring down the ball. Unfortunately for India, the ball goes inches past the right top-corner.
India second best in opening exchanges
UAE players are dominating possession and making all the runs in trying to get behind the Indian defence. India have committed few fouls as well as referee as now called in skipper Sunil Chhetri to have a word.
Second half begins
The players are back on the pitch and we are about to get underway in the second half. India have made a substitution as Jeje Lalpheklua comes on in place of Halicharan Narzary.
The teams sets of players head back into their respective dressing rooms as UAE lead 1-0 at the half-time. Mubarak’s goal separates the two teams at the break. India will have to come out all guns blazing the second half to have any chance in the match now.
Chhetri comes close... again!
India thought they had levelled the match just seconds after UAE went 1-0 up as Sunil Chhetri was sent through on goal by a through ball. There were two defenders marking the Indian skipper as he made his way into the box. Chhetri hit the shot across the ball and it went agonisingly wide of the target.
UAE score against the run of play (41’)
Anas doesn’t deal with a long ball and UAE make India pay minutes before the half-time. Mubarak sends the ball into the back of the net from a tough angle and India have fallen behind. The crowd erupts but Indian players cannot believe how Mubarak hit the ball into the back of the net from that angle.
UAE growing in confidence
In the last five minutes of so, UAE players have moved the ball around well and they have hogged majority of the possession. Al Hassan send a dangerous ball for India but the ball was cleared by the Indian defenders for a corner. UAE number 9 Mohammed Bandar then hit the side netting with a left-foot try.
So far so good for India
30 minutes have been played in the first half and the match is still locked at 0-0. UAE have had better possession but India have enjoyed better chances. They are playing good on the counter and troubling the hosts.
Another glorious chance for India (22’)
India would have been 2-0 up on any other day as after Ashique, Sunil Chettri comes close to scoring. Udanta made a brillant run on the right flank and after evading the defender, passed the ball to Anirudh Thapa. When the ball was crossed inside by Thapa, Chhetri came in between two defenders but hit the ball straight towards the keeper who saved it easily. India are playing good football at the moment and clearly the better side.
India on the frontfoot
Indian players are not letting UAE settle on the ball and that is the reason why the hosts haven’t been able to string a few passes together. After a nervy opening five minutes, India players have grown in confidence and they are the one’s who have come closest to scoring.
Big chance for India (11’)
Sunil Chhetri played a brilliant through ball to Ashique and when he was one on one with the keeper, he hit a good drive but the UAE keeper was up to it and made a brilliant one-hand save. Glorious chance for India to open the scoring but the chance goes a begging.
UAE off the blocks quickly
In the opening few minutes of the game, India are second best team clearly with UAE enjoying majority of the possession. The Blue Tigers haven’t been able to cope up with the slick play of the hosts.
India are wearing blue tonight after donning white in their opening clash of the tournament. As for hosts UAE, they are wearing all whites today and they are getting us underway with the first kick of the night.
National anthem time
The players are out in the middle for their respective national anthems and the match will begin minutes after it. The players are looking pumped up and it is going to be cracking contest.
Indian coach ahead of clash
“We need to get some points from today’s game against UAE. The hosts always have the pressure, but they have the crowd advantage, and it won’t be easy for us. We are ready for it” - Stephen Constantine
Chhetri to lead India
Talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri has been chosen by coach Stephen Constantine to lead India in this clash. Earlier, in the first match of the tournament, Gurpreet Singh was India’s captain.
Here are the playing XIs of both the teams for this crunch clash -
Results of opening round
India thrashed Thailand 4-1 while UAE were held to a stalemate by Bahrain 1-1. India are leading the group with three points in their opener and also a +3 goal difference in their favour.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and UAE. Stephen Constantine’s men started the tournament with a bang by beating Thailand 4-1. If they manage to perform at similar level tonight, they will go a long way in sealing their progression into the next round.