Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

AFC Asian Cup: 'Messi Jay' stunner puts Thailand back on track

AFC Asian Cup: 'Messi Jay' stunner puts Thailand back on track

Jordan's victory over Syria ensured they became the first nation to book a berth in the knockout phase of the Asian Cup as hosts the United Arab Emirates strengthened their chances of advancing with victory over India. A win will all but guarantee the Indians a spot in the quarterfinals. India have only 2 wins against UAE, the sides have played three draws including their last one in 2011.

Get highlights and analysis of the India vs UAE AFC Asian Cup 2019 match below. The attacking line comprising Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan and Udanta Singh combined well, while the defensive unit led by Sandhesh Jhingan was fairly stable at the back.

On expected lines, the United Arab Emirates enjoyed possession initially but, to the surprise of many, India had more shots at goal and dominated proceedings by keeping the opposition defence busy. "They didn't play to the best of their capabilities (against Bahrain)".

If those misses in the eighth and 23rd minute gave India the belief that they will be able to fight their fancied opponents, in coach Stephen Constantine's words, toe-to-toe, they also may have made the Blue Tigers a bit restless.

"We are already successful, we have gone beyond all expectations", Constantine said.

Indian football team started their AFC Asian Cup in Dubai on a high as they registered a stunning 4-1 win over Thailand in the opening contest of the coveted tournament. "Oman are the Gulf Cup champions, so drawing with them was an encouraging result".

"Despite everything, we can get better and do things better", Constantine told ESPN FC at the team's hotel in Abu Dhabi. If you ask me - without taking anything from Thailand, the least hard one among the three matches was against Thailand.The most hard game one will be against the UAE and lest we forget, Bahrain will be equally tough for us.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac following a 4-1 loss to India last Sunday. "I don't care what anyone says, nobody thought we would get here".

Sunil Chhetri - To score goals up front India will be dependent on ever reliable capatain.

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