AFC Asian Cup 2019: Jeje Lalpekhlua - India deserved to win against UAE

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Jeje Lalpekhlua - India deserved to win against UAE

The men, who are employees of the Emirati citizen seen in the video, are in a chicken wire fenced cage and being urged to switch allegiances and cheer for the UAE national team over India.

Ali Ahmed Mabkhout (88') scored for the home team, entering the game in some desperation after a 1-1 stalemate with Bahrain in the tournament opener.

India and UAE players jump for a header. "Earlier we would have been happy about this 2-0 loss with such a performance", Indian coach Stephen Constantine told the media after the game.

" We deserved to win".

Sandesh Jhingan had the first big chance of the game as he escaped his marker during a corner, but failed to keep his header down.

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.

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In the 41st minute, UAE broke the deadlock against the run of play. They are a very good side.

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

"We hit the post twice, some of our shots missed by few inches and they go at the other end and score from a tight angle". If we could have taken our chances it could have been different. "Our back four has been playing together for some time now".

"We have to pick ourselves up from this because no one else is voting to come and do that for us". Blue Tigers fans will be hoping their main man will be on form for the UAE tonight!

If they beat Bahrain, then it does not matter if Thailand get a victory over UAE as well as that ensures India's inclusion to the next round, if Thailand beat UAE that drops the hosts to third place and the War Elephants go up to second.

However, with Bahrain on the horizon and Thailand going up against tournament hosts UAE, India need to ensure their passage into the next round by getting maximum points over their last Group A opponent. The players will get only better from here. With a cold, harsh lesson learnt in the game against UAE, the young Indian side should be more prepared to face another tough test in their final group game.

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