Asian Cup: Mubarak, Mabkhout on target as UAE punish India

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A video purportedly showing a man locking up supporters of the Indian football team in a birdcage ahead of a crucial match with the UAE has gone viral, prompting the UAE authorities to arrest several persons, reports said Friday.

"Initially, I think, nobody expected us to be here", Constantine told ITV London. "Hopefully we can get the point we need to qualify for the next stage, that would be massive for Indian football". "We had four clear chances to score but UAE scored with the half chance they had", he said.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac after a 4-1 loss to India.

Sandesh Jhingan's free header off a corner by Anirudh Thapa, which was won by Pritam Kotal, went off target.

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However, in the 41st minute, Khalfan Mubarak profited from an indecision by Indian defenders Anas Edathodika and Subhashish Bose who let Mubarak steal the ball from their grasps, make a darting run into the box and finish superbly from a really tight angle. The Blue Tigers hit the post twice and missed their chances and ultimately succumbed to a defeat. We got some chances in the second half but luck was not in our favour today. It's now up to the players to regroup and keep delivering such performances on a consistent basis. The Mizo-Sniper was paired up front with Sunil Chhetri but failed to get India back into the game.

UAE fans wave their flags before the game. "This has obviously improved since we have been playing together for some time", he said. Keeping the result aside, the performance is a feather in the players' caps.

The striker was left on the bench for the second successive game but was thrown into the equation as India chased an equaliser after going into the break 0-1. I hope it is on our side next game. India next play Bahrain in their last group game on Monday. With a cold, harsh lesson learnt in the game against UAE, the young Indian side should be more prepared to face another tough test in their final group game.

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