Stephen Constantine aiming to lead India to historic qualification in Asian Cup

Ross Houston
January 12, 2019

As a disappointed Sunil Chhetri made his frustrations clear in the mixed zone after India's 0-2 loss to UAE, an arm came across his shoulder.

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 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.

After 20 minutes, if we compare the average position of the players of the two sides, UAE only had two players in the Indian half compared to India's seven in the other half.

There aren't many changes which can be expected in India's side for this game, but Chhetri will hold the key if India has to create history. "Hopefully we can get the point we need to qualify for the next stage, that would be massive for Indian football".

Sandesh Jhingan's free header off a corner by Anirudh Thapa, which was won by Pritam Kotal, went off target. He asks them who do they support between the UAE and India, Khaleej Times reported.

In the 41st minute, UAE broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Luck deserted the away side as Udanta Singh's drive rebounded off the crossbar only to bounce out and fall harmlessly to an UAE defender before Jeje Lalpekhlua's volley flew inches away from the angle of the goal.

Indian players wasted multiple good chances as hosts United Aran Emirates (UAE) beat the Blue Tigers 2-0 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. If we could have taken our chances it could have been different.

"We have to pick ourselves up and get ready for the next game". Few teams were able to cause UAE problems in their own backyard and India forced the hosts to alter their game.

"We are only going to get better with these kind of games".

India surprised many with their opening game win. "Discrimination is not acceptable, as we believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy", the statement said.

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