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

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

We've taken the first step with the win against Thailand and now have a tough game against UAE, but we will fight as we have done in the past few years.

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". "UAE are the host nation and want to do well and it is going to be very hard".

A win for India will secure them a spot in the next round, which would be a historic moment for the side which doesn't have a great record in the Asian Cup, while a win for the hosts will also bring them closer to qualification.

Khalfan Mubarak provided the opener in the 41st minute and Ali Ahmed Mabkhout made the points safe, the striker latching onto Ali Hassan Salmin's direct pass and coolly confirming a result that puts the host nation in pole position to advance. "We will try to get the result that we need", he concluded. Nobody thought we were going to win a game. Ashique Kurniyan is expected to keep his place in the team after an awesome performance against Thailand.

India had four or five clear chances to score, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jhingan either missing or failing to beat the UAE 'keeper Khalid Eisa.

For UAE, the AFC Asia Cup 2019 tournament has not started on a very positive note as the hosts managed to settle for a 1-1 draw against Bahrain. "Our back four has been playing together for some time now".

Pronoy Halder - Halder is often regarded as India's best Defensive Midfielder. Mabkhout had a bad game against Bahrain but will look for redemption against India.

UAE is probably the strongest side in this group with a FIFA World ranking of 79, ahead of India's rank of 97. He is a traditional winger and is known for his crosses inside the box. Thailand now has hope of joining it in the last 16 after a change of coaches had an immediate impact, with the team earning just its second win in 22 games in the competition.

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.

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