UAE beat India in Pulsating AFC Asian Cup Match - Highlights

Goals from Ali Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak in the 41st and the 88th minute helped UAE beat India 2-0

Goals from Ali Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak in the 41st and the 88th minute helped UAE beat India 2-0

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. "[With] Jordan and Oman, the similarities with UAE are there, which is why we had those games", he said. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion. Indian captain Sunil Chhetri scored a brace in the previous game to handover India their first Asian Cup game victory since 1964.

Progressing to the Asian Cup's knockout stages would be a further step forward. We are concentrating on the next one now and we need to give a good account of ourselves.

Stephen Constantine has already orchestrated some great results against stronger sides and going against a team like UAE who are direct and predictable in their attack we can expect him to get another good result for the Blue Tigers. The former AC Milan and Juventus manager, who guided Japan to Asian Cup success in 2011, was appointed in October 2017. "We have to fight in every game and aim to take three points".

Chhetri is a five-time Indian player of the year, but he was always looking to move overseas to further his career. Ashique Kurniyan is expected to keep his place in the team after an awesome performance against Thailand. The Blue Tigers will defend more deeper play and try to break on the counter-attack with fast forwards like Nazary, Udanta, Ashique and Chhetri. 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. Representing the ASEAN region, Thailand know they will have to be on their A-game against Bahrain.

Sunil Chhetri - To score goals up front India will be dependent on ever reliable capatain. "Our back four has been playing together for some time now".

Pronoy Halder - Halder is often regarded as India's best Defensive Midfielder. Mabkhout had a bad game against Bahrain but will look for redemption against India. His results have been poor - the 1-1 draw against Bahrain in the tournament opener meant that in 12 matches since the beginning of 2018, UAE have only won two friendlies against Yemen and Laos, besides prevailing over Iraq on penalties in a Gulf Cup semi-final.

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