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Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2019, 16:42

On the second match-day of AFC Asian Cup 2019, Group A's India will face hosts UAE, a side which is placed 18 places higher than them in the FIFA World Rankings as India is on the 97th spot whereas UAE ranked at 79. India and UAE are drawn alongside Bahrain and Thailand in Group A of the competition.

"The Bahrain result was a disappointment and I humbly apologised to the fans", said UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni, who steered Japan to the Asian Cup title in 2011. In the second half, we changed the way we play. India went on to win the match 4-1 and 34-year-old Chhetri surpassed Lionel Messi to become the second-most prolific worldwide scorer in the list of active players.

A miscommunication between defender Anas Edathodika and Sandesh Jhingan saw UAE's Ali Mabkhout pounce on the ball and set up Khalfan Mubarak for the first goal in the 41st minute. UAE are first on four points while Bahrain are last with just one point. They will also be assured of a finish in the top two of the group, with UAE (four points) meeting Thailand (three points) in Al Ain at the same time.

India vs United Arab Emirates, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group A match will start at 09:30 PM IST on January 10 at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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At the back, India were compact and didn't let the UAE get behind the backline.

Jordan have claimed a ideal six points after first-half goals from Mousa Mohammad Suleiman and Tareq Khattab earned their 2-0 win over Syria in a tempestuous Group B clash. Even they (UAE players) were surprised and did not believe that we were this good. If we could have taken our chances it could have been different.

"Before, nobody believed in these players", added the Belgian.

In Dubai, "Thai Messi" Chanathip Songkrasin fired the Thais to only their second-ever Asian Cup win to reignite their hopes, smashing in a first-time shot that rocketed past Sayed Shubbar Alawi in the Bahrain goal.