Hosts UAE stir from slumber, stumbling Syria sack Stange

Carrie Guzman
January 12, 2019

India's 4-1 victory over Thailand in the opening match of the Asian Cup 2019 was phenomenal, but now Stephen Constantine's boys have an even bigger task on hand.

In a statement released early Monday he said, "It was not the playing format that Thai FA and the team supporters desired".

As Bahrain failed to translate their dominance into goals, Thailand started the second half on a more promising note as they become adventurous in their forays upfront.

Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin celebrates his goal against Bahrain. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (85) is ahead of him. They cheered raucously for the UAE team, which ran out 2-0 winners, but they were just as appreciative of a courageous performance from India, who Zaccheroni would later mark out as the team to watch out for in future in Asian football.

The Jordanians outplayed and out-thought Syria - a shadow of the side that narrowly missed out on qualifying for last year's World Cup - to notch up their second win after beating defending champions Australia on Sunday. 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.

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Jordan had just 24 percent possession in the match and rode their luck under severe pressure in the second half, with Awer Mabil hitting the post for Australia and Jamie Maclaren having a goal disallowed for a narrow offside. Thailand controlled the match until the final whistle to secure the much-needed victory. "I did not beat them, nor did I truly "lock" them up", he said in the video. "It's hurting me at the minute".

India, who finished runners-up on their Asian Cup debut in 1964 when it was a four-team competition won by Israel, will still fancy their chances of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.

Get highlights and analysis of the India vs UAE AFC Asian Cup 2019 match below.

"After I was appointed as the interim head coach, we looked through the mistakes of that game [against India] and I instilled into the team more discipline and emphasis on defence, and the players delivered as I wanted. We know the only way to win is to do our best", the former Spain worldwide said. It is taking place against the backdrop of a diplomatic crisis in the gulf region.

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