Khalfan Mubarak puts UAE ahead vs India in AFC Asian Cup

Khalfan Mubarak puts UAE ahead vs India in AFC Asian Cup

Ismail needed to be stretchered off and UAE made sure there wasn't much action in the last few minutes of the first half.

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.

UAE had a disappointing start to the tournament as the hosts needed a late penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Bahrain but the team showed a marked improvement in Thursday's victory over India.

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. Failing to do so would mean that the group is decided in Round 3, when India play Bahrain and UAE square up against Thailand.

India coach Constantine is well aware of the opposition threat in store.

Sandesh Jhingan's free header off a corner by Anirudh Thapa, which was won by Pritam Kotal, went off target. The match will be held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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Then, unmarked at the far post, Sunil Chhetri's header after Thapa squared it for the second highest active goal-scorer in worldwide football, was brilliantly saved by UAE custodian Khalid Eisa. They'll be jacked up to play us tomorrow and will see this as an absolute must-win game.

And UAE, positioned 18 places above the 97th ranked India in the Federation Internationale de Football Association chart, used that to their advantage when Mubarak charged forward and latched on to a ball by Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, who ran in from the right. Thapa, the team's youngest member at 20, could not get there in time while Anas Edathodika and Jhingan also could not come in the way of Mubarak, who scored his first worldwide goal. "We have our plans for the UAE game".

In the 11th minute, skipper Sunil Chhetri played a wonderful through ball to Ashique, who forced a brilliant save from the UAE keeper.

India began the second half brightly and were close on multiple occasions to restore parity. Jeje's volley went inches off the post.

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.