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AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby Raj92 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:02 am

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India vs Thailand Preview: India begin their fourth AFC Asian Cup campaign with a clash against Thailand in Group A
India are set to face Thailand their first AFC Asian Cup 2019 match at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Thursday evening.

Game : Thailand vs India
Date Sunday, January 6
Time 7:00 PM IST

Match Preview

Following two years of playing qualifying rounds and a while of consideration, planning and diligent work in preparing, India will go up against Thailand in their first Group A match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

India’s first obstacle will be to keep the Thailand assault under control as they have been running wild in their the AFF Championship crusade which finished on a sharp note – they lost to Malaysia on away objectives in the two-legged semi-last. The War Elephants scored 17 objectives from their six matches at the AFF competition, without key players, for example, Teerasil Dangda and Chanathip Songkrasin.

Thailand were top choices to win the AFF Championship and the stun semi-last exit has put included weight Milovan Rajevac as he turns his center onto the Asian Cup. The 118-positioned group likes to remain sorted out yet will hope to make utilization of their pacey, dexterous players.

The Indian barrier will be put under a magnifying glass against Thailand’s assaulting players. Muangthang United’s Adisak Kraisorn is in glittering structure before objective, having gotten eight objectives in the AFF Championship to sack the best scorer grant.

India will seek after a decent protective execution and will take positives from the goalless attract against China an amicable in October. Sandesh Jhingan has lead the backline well and will bear the obligation in protection alongside first-decision goalie Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Bengaluru goalkeeper, notwithstanding his woeful screw up against Jordan that prompted an objective, has been incredible in the middle of the sticks in the Indian Super League (ISL).

Nose damage to Pronay Halder had kept him out of his club’s ongoing apparatuses however Stephen Constantine handled the ATK midfielder for 45 minutes against Oman in the shut entryways amicable a week ago. Halder’s quality in midfied liberates Anirudh Thapa and gives him considerably more opportunity to wander forward to join the assault. Against Thailand nonetheless, the pair could be compelled to play further and closer to their guard to fill the holes in their very own half.

Driving the assault will be the ever-present Sunil Chhetri however the type of his partner and India’s first-decision unmitigated striker Jeje Lalpekhlua is a colossal concern. While Jeje has substantiated himself at the universal stage and think of objectives when required, the Chennaiyin FC striker has not scored since June, 2018.

Constantine’s first-decision wingers, Udanta Singh and Halicharan Narzary, aren’t known for their completing ability yet offer a lot of pace and workate to raid here and there the flanks. Their range of abilities will become an integral factor to either keep the Thailand full-backs stuck in their very own half or track their canny covers at the opposite end.

Regardless of India’s amazingness over Thailand dependent on FIFA rankings, the War Elephants will represent an immense risk to India. Sensibly, evading thrashing ought to be Blue Tigers’ essential target as opposed to going hard and fast for a success.

A decent begin will surely help India’s odds of achieving the knockout stages.

Probable Lineups

Thailand (4-2-3-1): Chatchai Budprom, Theerathon Bunmathan, Pansa Hemviboon, Chalermpong Kerdkaew, Tristan Do, Thitipan Puangchan, Tanaboon Kesarat, Sumanya Purisai, Chanathip Songkrasin, Adisak Kraisorn, Teerasil Dangda

India (4-4-2): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Narayan Das, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua

Key Players

Thailand
Thailand’s most lethal player will be midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin. The 25-year old has been a valuable player both for his club and country. Songkrasin, also known as “Messi Jay” will also play a key role. He is quick and will be a real threat to the Indian defense. Teerasil Dangda is another player to watch out for. He is a very clinical striker and will give the Indian defense a tough time.

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Sunil Chhetri will lead India’s attack. The experienced striker will have a huge role at the front, score goals and create chances. However, his co-striker Jeje Lalpekhlua’s poor form will be a concern for India. Gurpreet Sandhu is expected to have a busy day between the sticks.

Predictions

Rankings go in favor of the Blue Tigers. Thailand has made some glittering performances recently and has star performers from the J1 League. However, Stephen Constantine’s team looks confident to pull off a thriller. Goals will be at a premium.

Predicted Score – Thailand 0:1 India

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby Katto » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:09 am

Thailand 3:0

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:26 am

India beat Thailand 4-1.

Total surprise.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby Katto » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:29 am

Thailand sacked their coach

India played well.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:31 am

Katto wrote:Thailand sacked their coach


Yeah, I know. Big news.

India has improved a lot in football in recent times, but this thrashing was a total surprise.

Stephen Constantine , Indian coach must be thrilled.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:33 am

Australia beaten by Jordan ?

Australia has a formidable team at least at Asian level.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby Katto » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:36 am

bolero wrote:Australia beaten by Jordan ?

Australia has a formidable team at least at Asian level.


no they don't :lol:

They're a bunch of hacks. If you saw the current standard of the A-league you'd see its even worse than the ISL.

Australian football is in a worse state than Australian cricket and going downhill fast.
They only won the last Asian cup because it was at home and had a fortunate draw and some ref decisions in other games go their way.

India would also beat Australia in football the way things are currently. That would please GS even though he doesn't care much for the sport. :lol:

I fully expected them to lose that game and expect them to lose against Syria too. Not sure about Palestine, I haven't seen them play before.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:59 am

Yes, its shocking Australian football has regressed.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby Katto » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:16 am

bolero wrote:Yes, its shocking Australian football has regressed.


for many of the same reasons

corporatism, the bottom is now financially propping up the top instead of the other way around

the dissolution of the infrastructure that produced some good players in favour of a corporate franchise structure is much to blame

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:48 am

Thailand thrashing yet another feather in history-maker Stephen Constantine's hat

The British coach has overseen some landmark results with the Indian team....
As the euphoria and joy continue to ebb following a brilliant win for the Indian national team over Thailand in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener, head coach Stephen Constantine would be a happy man.

The British coach is in his second stint with India and has had his share of detractors over the course of them. But the 56-year-old has answered them in his inimatable style by masterminding a terrific 4-1 win over Thailand and a brilliant performance.

It is not new ground for the coach though.

He has made his mark in both the stints with India and the Thailand win is just another feather in his cap.

Constantine's initial period in charge of the Blue Tigers began on a brilliant note when he took a young Indian squad (U23) with a few senior players to the LG Cup in Vietnam in 2002. Following a draw against Singapore (U23) and a win over Vietnam U23s, India reached the final with a win over Petrokimia Club of Indonesia.

The final would then be won 3-2 in dramatic fashion with Abhishek Yadav coming on as a substitute to grab the winner in the dying minutes. India were 2-0 down initially and Bhaichung Bhutia's brace had restored parity before Yadav made his mark.

It was India's first win in the final of a major tournament in almost 31 years. Interestingly, that was the country's first major win in football in 28 years after the bronze medal win in the 1972 Asian Football Championship. That too, it came in a final and it was away from home.

Now, in his second stint, Constantine has taken the team further. Brushing off criticism over player selections and playing style in his usually quiet manner, the coach helped India qualify for the Asian Cup after a gap of eight years and helped India break into the top-100 of the FIFA rankings.

Now, he stands vindicated after handing the country its first ever win in the Asian Cup since 1964 and its biggest ever in the competition. For, it was his trust in the side's core that has paid off, with the likes of Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Pronay Halder, Ashique Kuruniyan all impressing.

As the fans and pundits enjoy a glorious win and shower praise on the head coach, Constantine will be smiling to himself. The history-maker has added a new feather to his cap but he would know the job is not done yet. There are two more important games to come against Bahrain and UAE.

And hopefully, further matches in the competition as well.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:31 am

AFC Asian Cup preview: India amid giants

Football may have been invented in Europe, but the soul of the sport, for long, resided in South America. In recent times, European football bought everything it could lay its eyes on and in the process it also bought back (or has at least tried to buy back) the sport’s soul. The Copa America is rated by football fans worldwide, but not half as much as the Euros. The African Cup of Nations comes a distant third in order of importance. Finally, in some tiny corner, there is the AFC Asian Cup.

Most of us have been guilty of according the same degrees of importance to these competitions, consuming mostly what is easily available and popular in public domain. Yet, while Europe’s biggest concern for the Asian Cup will be the “loss” of Tottenham and South Korean attacker Heung-Min Son for a few weeks, there are war-torn countries like Palestine, Syria and Yemen for which this competition means much more. India marks a return to the event after missing out on qualification for the 2015 event.

The 64-year-old, 24-team big AFC Asian Cup kicks off in UAE on Saturday with the hosts playing Middle East neighbours Bahrain. Six groups of four teams each make up the group stage, before the top two of each and four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16. Australia, Japan, Iran and South Korea look like the main title contenders, but one cannot discount the likes of Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia or even China from making their mark at this event.

The competition is bang in the middle of a European season, so don’t expect to see many stars around. (Not like there were that many in the first place.) Out of the existing Asian stars, Son will be gracious enough to participate in the competition in South Korea’s final group match and in the knockout rounds. Japan’s Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki aren’t even in the fray. Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, who plays for Huddersfield Town in the Premier League, is out injured.

Despite Asian teams being ranked so low in the FIFA rankings, a couple of teams showed their mettle to create ripples at the 2018 World Cup—at least by Asian standards. Iran held Portugal to a 1-1 draw before bowing out in the group stage; South Korea stunned world champions Germany 2-0 to end their campaign and the Japanese led Belgium 2-0 in the round of 16 before frustratingly conceding three second half goals.
Iran looks to be firm favourite this time. Since the 2015 Asian Cup that was won by host Australia, Iran has lost only one competitive game—the narrow 0-1 loss to Spain in Russia. Under former Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz, the Iranians boast of Asia’s best defence, having made it 12 games in a row without conceding during the qualification rounds for the World Cup.

Defending champion Australia, on the other hand, had a forgettable World Cup, but come into the tournament as a team in transition. The legendary Tim Cahill has retired and with multiple injuries, the youngsters from the Australian A-League are looking to replicate the 2015 success. The island nation was drafted into the Asian confederation in 2006 and the 2015 title came as relief after years of underachievement.

From the far east, South Korea and Japan are expected to light up the Emirates with their attacking football. Both teams feature in easy groups and have had largely successful games leading up to the event. Japan is the competition’s most successful team with four titles; the Koreans have two.

India runs the risk of being an also-ran. Most credit the Blue Tigers’ qualification this time to the tournament being expanded from 16 to 24 teams this time. This is India’s third appearance at the Asian Cup, the last one coming in 2011 where it finished bottom of its group. India’s first appearance was in 1964, when it finished second to champion and host Israel. Just one minor detail though—only four teams contested. Eleven teams withdrew from the event.

Realistically, India does not stand a chance against hosts UAE, has a slim chance against Thailand, and will do well to upset Bahrain, in its three group stage games. And as much as the AIFF presidents, past and present, may be peddling the idea of qualifying for a World Cup soon, making it past this group will need nothing short of a miracle. More on the Indian team later.


The expanding of the quadrennial tournament means that Yemen, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan make their first appearance at the continental event. China, with all the money it has splashed to lure many international superstars, seems to have made little progress with its national team. Coached by World Cup winner Marcello Lippi, the world’s most populous country may make it past the group stage, but is unlikely to go far. Talks of the Chinese implementing the German system of grassroots development is yet to come to fruition.

The Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, which will host the opening ceremony, witnessed Real Madrid winning the FIFA Club World Cup and tennis world number one Novak Djokovic besting Kevin Anderson in the Mubadala Championship final. This is the second time that UAE will host the Asian Cup. The last time the Emiratis did, in 1996, the host reached the final, finishing runner-up.

Political analysts will be following this tournament with much intent. The biggest clash of the group stage looks to be Saudi Arabia vs Qatar not for footballing reasons, but for the strained diplomatic relations between the two countries that has the forced most super powers to take sides. But then, multinational competitions are almost never exempt from such situations, and just like the democratic west grudgingly participated in Russia last year, the Asian Cup clashes will be no different. Aptly, the theme of this year’s event is “Bringing Asia together”.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby louie_db9 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:42 am

Australia still have 2 good players who play regularly in the Premier League in Matt Ryan, the Brighton keeper and Aaron Mooy, the Huddersfield midfielder (albeit they look likely to get relegated). Don't think there are any Indian players close to this standard but would be happy if I was wrong.

Although it is nothing compared to the early-mid 2000s when they had Kewell, Viduka, Schwarzer, Neill etc. I only properly follow the Premier League hence why these names are easier for me to remember.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:05 am

I remember Harry Kewell, Matt Viduka and Schwarzer.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby Katto » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:00 pm

louie_db9 wrote:Australia still have 2 good players who play regularly in the Premier League in Matt Ryan, the Brighton keeper and Aaron Mooy, the Huddersfield midfielder (albeit they look likely to get relegated). Don't think there are any Indian players close to this standard but would be happy if I was wrong.

Although it is nothing compared to the early-mid 2000s when they had Kewell, Viduka, Schwarzer, Neill etc. I only properly follow the Premier League hence why these names are easier for me to remember.


Mooy is out of the tournament injured

Goalkeepers don't win matches

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby louie_db9 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:24 pm

You may think goalkeepers don't win matches but I was alluding to the point that there are Aussies still playing high level of football compared to some other teams in this tournament, for example India. The expansion of the tournament means there will be a greater gulf in ability between the top and bottom teams as well.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby Katto » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:11 pm

louie_db9 wrote:You may think goalkeepers don't win matches but I was alluding to the point that there are Aussies still playing high level of football compared to some other teams in this tournament, for example India. The expansion of the tournament means there will be a greater gulf in ability between the top and bottom teams as well.


a lot of arab players prefer to stay in their own countries even if they're technically better players than a few that get their chance to sit on the bench in european leagues (eg most Australian players) so, the league they play in is not a sole indication of ability

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:07 pm

louie_db9 wrote:You may think goalkeepers don't win matches but I was alluding to the point that there are Aussies still playing high level of football compared to some other teams in this tournament, for example India. The expansion of the tournament means there will be a greater gulf in ability between the top and bottom teams as well.


Don't compare this Indian football team with team in 90's and the last 2 decades. The advent of ISL has improved Indian football.

Constantine has worked with Indian football before and is a familiar face

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Postby louie_db9 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:03 pm

Trust me I would be delighted if an Indian international was a success in a top European league, but that is yet to happen. Sunil Chhetri played a few games for the reserve team of Sporting Lisbon, who are a big Portuguese club, and that's about it.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs Thailand Preview

Postby bolero » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:10 am

http://www.espn.in/soccer/india/story/3 ... ot-his-due

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby bolero » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:16 am

Iran, South Korea and Japan would be the favourites to win the Cup.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby Going South » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:46 pm

Who will make it to next World Cup?

These matches count towards it I guess, no??

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby Katto » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:25 am

Going South wrote:Who will make it to next World Cup?

These matches count towards it I guess, no??


I don't think this counts toward qualifying. Maybe only seeding for the qualifiers.

Who will make it? Definitely Japan, Korea and Iran. Qatar also as hosts.

Final spot is up for grabs, probably Saudi Arabia.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby louie_db9 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:49 am

Japan losing to Turkmenistan is a shock.

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My mistake I just realised Japan and Turkmenistan are still playing I thought it was a final score. :lol:

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

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AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE Preview

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India vs UAE Preview: Blue Tigers face tough test against hosts in 2nd Asian Cup match
Indian football team’s big win over Thailand in the opening match has changed the dynamics of its clash against the formidable UAE at the AFC Asian Cup 2019

Four days in the wake of making a shudder with the dazzling drubbing of Thailand, India are a peppy parcel in the mainland show-stopper. It will be a greater accomplishment if the Indians can put it over the hosts who are gunning for the title.

Right now positioned 79th to India’s 97th, the United Arab Emirates were put as high as 24 in the FIFA diagram in January 2015.

Mentor Stephen Constantine will be satisfied with how the second half against Thailand turned out. India not just figured out how to close down a deadly Thai assault in the wake of being tied 1-1 at the break, yet in addition undermined at the opposite end through snappy advances in assault.

That staggering show earned India three important focuses, a place over the gathering and an objective normal of in addition to three.

“We have an exceptionally youthful side here and they are energized. Obviously, has UAE will be an alternate diversion. They are a decent side however they are simply one more group remaining in our direction,” said Constantine.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

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Asian Cup: Fearless & confident - Unlucky India push UAE to their limits

The Blue Tigers put in another sturdy performance and should be disappointed for not nicking at least a point off their illustrious opponents...
It was a tale of two halves when India scripted a 4-1 win over Thailand on Sunday in their AFC Asian Cup opener. After a slightly underwhelming first-half where they allowed the Thai midfielders to dictate terms, India turned the tables in the second half and scored three goals.

It was another such tale in their second game against a much-higher ranked UAE on Thursday. Against an illustrious side coached by former Juventus and AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni, very few would have expected India to start how they did.

Stephen Constantine's side started off exactly from where they left off against Thailand, pressing in unison and not allowing the UAE midfielders to settle on the ball. Ashique Kuruniyan, playing up top again, was a constant menace with his pace and physique. Pronay Halder and Anirudh Thapa were also assertive in midfield as India saw more of the ball and looked threatening whenever they forayed forward.

It was almost as if the team had a newfound confidence about them. The team did not look overawed by the occasion and were fearless despite taking on a side ranked 79th in the world at their den.

In fact, India should have taken the lead early on when Sandesh Jhingan went close with a couple of headers from set-pieces before UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisa was forced into a couple of saves - first after Chhetri set Ashique through and the latter's shot was just about kep out and the second one from Chhetri's close-range header which really should have been put away.

Udanta Singh, who used his pace to excellent effect while chasing down long balls down the right wing, had a good half too. The UAE left-back had a torrid time, keeping tabs on the right winger.

But a hopeful long ball five minutes before half-time undid all of India's good work. Anas Edathodika made a mess of it and allowed Ali Mabhkout to set up Khalfan Mubarak. Had India held UAE at bay until half-time, the story could have different.

Constantine made a bold move to bring on Jeje Lalpekhlua in place of Halicharan Narzary at the break, keeping in line with India's fearless attitude. Rarely do we see India make an outright attacking substitution against a stronger opponent at half-time. And he almost repaid his manager after sending a volley just wide.

But UAE by this point had settled their nerves and were dictating proceedings in the second half. Zaccheroni's move to take off Khamis Ismail and replace him with Majed Hassan in midfield also brought more control. However, India should be credited for largely restricting UAE to half-chances. Much of that had to do with the superior fitness levels the players showed thorughout. Rarely did India look out of legs despite UAE enjoying almost 70 per cent possession in the second half at one point.

Even then, India could have equalised when Udanta saw a shot come off the cross-bar after combining brilliantly with Chhetri.

However, India's lack of a clinical striker or someone with an aerial presence in the box was evident as they chased the game. Constantine's side did not have an alternative approach to put the UAE defenders out of their comfort zone. There were hardly any crosses attempted in the final 20 minutes or so, partly due to the fact India lacked a striker who could have utilised them.

UAE's second goal probably was a bit harsh on the Blue Tigers but there is no taking away from a confident and fearless performance from India against a superior side.

This result is just a minor hiccup and India will fancy their chances of progressing to the knockouts on Monday when they take on Bahrain.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby Katto » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:45 am

UAE are one of the better teams in the AFC
usually go close to World Cup qualification

not sure about 'India's lack of a clinical striker'. They seemed very efficient against Thailand, particularly Chetri.

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby louie_db9 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:14 pm

Well India managed to f**k that up didn't they

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby Katto » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:36 am

that's gotta hurt

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Re: AFC Asian Cup 2019

Postby bolero » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:13 am

Screw up actually