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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Bahrain 0-1 Thailand

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Bahrain 0-1 Thailand

India will clash with hosts UAE on Thursday in their second Group A match in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Following a 4-1 loss against India in their opening group match on Sunday, the Thais tried their best to turn things around under their newly appointed interim manager Sirisak Yodyadthai.

The disappointment among Indian players was the biggest sign of their progress as a team.

UAE scored a goal in each half to seal the win but India had chances to score.

The Mizoram-born player felt India were unlucky to lose to UAE.

"We needed a goal, that is why he (Stephen Constantine) put me in".

Jordan's win means Syria need to defeat Australia to have any hope of qualifying to the tournament's knockout stages. However, India began from where they had left and pinned UAE on the back foot in the second.

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However, in the 41st minute, Khalfan Mubarak profited from an indecision by Indian defenders Anas Edathodika and Subhashish Bose who let Mubarak steal the ball from their grasps, make a darting run into the box and finish superbly from a really tight angle.

UAE midfielder Majed Hassan attempts to tackle India forward Udanta Singh.

India again hit the woodwork in stoppage time, this time through Sandesh Jhingan as their chance of leaving a mark on the game they bossed for large periods had passed. We expect UAE to be a tough game too.

Tempers flared when Jehad Al-Baour pulled back Suleiman during play and a shoving match developed on the touchline, egged on by the crowd. "We are here now we've got our first three points and we're going to try to qualify out of the group".

UAE fans wave their flags before the game. We got more chances (than UAE) but I think today (Thursday) was a bad day, hitting the post twice. It will also suit India better as they will be the automatic table toppers from the group.

India face Bahrain on Monday in their final group stage match and a victory will ensure the Blue Tigers a spot in the Round of 16.

India surprised many with their opening game win.