An upbeat India, after registering an emphatic victory over Thailand, will face higher-ranked United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 clash on Thursday. While the result against Thailand, who have three J-League players in their ranks, was no mean feat, it will be a bigger achievement if the Indians are able to put it across the hosts who are gunning for the title. Currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th, the UAE were placed as high as 24 in the FIFA chart in January 2015. In the head-to-head battle, UAE hold a clear upper hand over India. The two teams have clashed 11 times, with UAE winning eight, India clinching two victories and one match ending in a draw.

Live Football Score Updates Between India vs UAE,  2019 Asian Cup, straight from Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi’

21:53 IST: Massive save! Sunil Chhetri headed the ball straight into the hands of UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisa. The ball deflected back. A golden chance missed yet again. 

21:41 IST: Attempt saved! Ashique Kuruniyan came down charging towards the UAE goalkeeper. That was an excellent assist by skipper Sunil Chhetri. India missed an opportunity to take an early lead. 

21:39 IST: Chance Missed! Sandesh Jhingan almost scored for India with a header. The ball went above the crossbar.

21:36 IST: Five minutes to play time and Mabkhout entered the Indian area but Gurpreet nullifies the danger. 

21:30 IST: It’s kick-off. The match begins.

21:26 IST: The players of both the teams are out in the middle for the national anthem. 

21:05 IST: The Indian players have reached the venue.

20:50 IST: India will take the field against UAE with an unchanged XI. Sunil Chhetri will lead the side. He scored twice in India’s victory against Thailand.

20:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and UAE

Coach Stephen Constantine will be pleased with how the second half against Thailand turned out. India not only managed to shut down a lethal Thai attack after being tied 1-1 at the break, but also threatened at the other end through quick transitions in attack. That stupendous show earned India three valuable points, a place on top of the group and a goal average of plus three. “We have a very young side here and they are excited. Of course, hosts UAE will be a different game. They are a very good side but they are just another team standing in our way,” said Constantine.

As far as the Indian team is concerned, Sunil Chhetri hogs the limelight wherever he goes and the Blue Tigers will again look up to him upfront. It will not exactly be appropriate to say that Chhetri will be high on confidence after his double strikes against Thailand, which saw him go past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the goal-scoring chart among active international players, because that is an ingredient the Indian talisman never lacked. He is never overconfident, though. In a team sport like football, a squad heavily dependent on Chhetri would not have experienced a 13-match unbeaten run on way to qualifying for the tournament.


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