In the first match of the AFC Asian Cup, the Indian football team, who won 4-1 against Thailand, in the second match of Group A, in Abu Dhabi, 0-2 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday. Had to face defeat UAE has reached the first round with four points after this win. Thailand and India are three-three points but on the basis of goal difference, the Indian team is in second place and its hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament are consistent.
Thailand defeated Bahrain 1-0 in their second group match. Bahrain is present on the last foot with one point. In this exciting match, Khafan Mubarak Al Shamsi and Ali Ahmed Mabakhaut scored the goals for UAE. In the Zayed Sports City, the host of the UAE was very good in front of the home crowd. UAE took the ball under control and in the second minute, Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had to defend within 18 yards box.
The Indian team managed to recover from the initial attack by the UAE and it was the first attack in the seventh minute. Rightback Pritam Kotl showed the best game in the box of the host team and earned the first corner of the match. However, defender messages did not put the ball in the goal through zhing headers. India again attacked in the 11th minute of the match. This time Captain Chhetri handed his side to the forward player Ashik Kurunin, but UAE goalkeeper Khalid eased his defense and did not allow the hosts to lag behind in the match. Jesus again made a great defense again in the 23rd minute. This time, he stopped Chhetri's headers from going round.
India continued its attacking game, but before the first half ended, the hosts were successful in making the lead. In the 42nd minute, Shamsi scored a magnificent goal from inside the box to score the score to 1-0. This is Shamsi's first goal for the national team. Coach Stephen Constantine made a change in the second half and replaced striker JJ Lalpekhlua, who scored in the last match instead of Halicharan Narajare, brought the field to the ground. JJ proved the trust of the coach and made a great effort from outside the 53rd box. Two minutes later, Winger Udayanta Singh tried his best from the right in the box, but the ball went out of the box on the post.
India may have more opportunities to score, but at the 79th place in the FIFA rankings, UAE has given more ball positions. In the 75th minute, Al Hmmadi tried to score a goal from inside the box and the ball hit the postal ball, but Sandhu failed to catch it. However, he was fortunate that the ball did not go into the goal. In the last moments of the match, the Indian team tried to score the equalizer while playing the long ball, but it could not be successful. In the 88th minute, Mabakhaut ensured the victory of the hosts team by scoring a goal. The Indian team will play their last group stage match against Bahrain on Monday.