In the AFC Asian Cup Group A, India will compete against the UAE in the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Friday. India won their first match 4-1 against Thailand. After this team India is now at the top in point table. Even in this match the eye of the Indian team will also be on winning against the UAE.
India plays this tournament since 1964. Till now, India played four matches against UAE, but could not win even once. In such a scenario, Team India, running in form and will look at their first win against UAE. At the group level, India has to play match against Bahrain after UAE. If India plays a draw with UAE and Bahrain, it will make a place in the knockout.
India’s win against UAE will be even more important because India is still at 97th in the world rankings. At the same time, UAE is at number 79. UAE is the highest ranking team in Group A.
India has won against Thailand on the Striker’s side. Sunil Chhetri has two, while JJ Lalpekhluvwa and Aniruddha Thapa scored one-one goal. Ashik Kurunyan did not score any goals, but he and Chetri kept the ball in their possession for the most part. Kuruniyan is also expecting similar games against UAE.
Indian team coach Stephen Constantine said, “Our team is quite young. We are very excited. The match with the hosts will be quite different, because this team is very strong. However, for my boys, UAE is just another team standing in their way. “