Fares Juma, defender of the UAE said "All the focus is now on the game against the Indian team on Thursday, stressing that everyone is fully aware of the importance of the confrontation and difficulty, and the need to win to enhance the fortunes of the whites to continue the championship". His fierce right footer beat goalkeeper Khalid Eisa Bilal, but crashed to the underside of the bar and out of play. His results have been poor - the 1-1 draw against Bahrain in the tournament opener meant that in 12 matches since the beginning of 2018, UAE have only won two friendlies against Yemen and Laos, besides prevailing over Iraq on penalties in a Gulf Cup semi-final. India and UAE are drawn alongside Bahrain and Thailand in Group A of the competition. "It was dead and buried four years ago".
On Thursday, India take on the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, before finishing the group against Bahrain. They sat deep in their own half in the opening 10 minutes to ensure they did not concede an early goal.
UAE will play a typical 4-2-3-1 formation they will be direct in their approach and will try to exploit India with their physicality. But he is keen to stress that India must keep moving forward.
India still have work to despite their strong start at the Asian Cup, coach Stephen Constantine told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview. They are expected to have most of the possession and it will be essential for India to prevent them from getting crosses into the box.
Sunil Chhetri - To score goals up front India will be dependent on ever reliable capatain. He was often guilty of over-running with the ball while his passes and shots never found the range. "It's fantastic that we have given so many people hope through football, that India can finally be among the elite, not by chance but because they deserve to be among them", said Constantine, who confirmed Sunil Chhetri will lead India on Thursday, ahead of the match versus UAE, against whom getting even a point should assure India of qualification to the round of 16.
Udanta, in fact, set up a couple of goals including the inch-perfect cross from right flank, which Chhetri slammed home for India's second goal. They created more chances and came close to taking the lead a couple of times.
The live online streaming of India Vs United Arab Emirates, AFC Asian Cup 2019 will be available in India on Hotstar web with the subscription, while the game can be streamed for free on mobile app of Hotstar. Mabkout then sealed victory for the home team in the 88th minute. But his header off a free-kick hit the crossbar.