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Back to the drawing board for Igor Stimac ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
If Mabkhout's hat-trick was not painful enough for Stimac and his men, goals from Khalil Ibrahim, Fabio De Lima and Sebastian Lucas Tagliabue rubbed salt into Indian wounds as the host routed India 6-0.
UAE displayed pure domination right from the first whistle. Maintaining an almost perfect shape in defence, it was equally proficient in its attack. India's defence had no answer to UAE's attacking prowess while UAE's disciplined defence gave no scope for Indian forwards to thrive.
India's exposure trip to UAE ends winless - a 1-1 draw with Oman and a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of UAE.
AND ITS FULL-TIME!! FINAL SCORE: UAE- 6 INDIA 0 !!!
87' SAVE- Gurpreet gets down quickly to save Tahnoon Hamdan's stinging shot.
84' GOOOOAAALLL!!!!! It's six for UAE. ! Sebastian Lucas scores from Fabio Lima's low cross from the byline to extend UAE's goal tally. UAE 6 -India 0
83' UAE almost faultless with its play as India continues its quest for a first goal.
80' Change for India- Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan comes in for Akash Mishra
77' Change for UAE- Majed Hassan Ahmad for Abdulla Alahmadi Abdulla Ramadan Bekheet and Sebastian Lucas Tagliabue for Ali Ahmed Mabkhout Mohsen Alhajeri
75' It's relentless from UAE. The home side is showing no signs of backing down despite boasting an impressive five goal lead.
72' Change from India. Hitesh Sharma in place of Suresh Singh Wangjam.
70' GOAAAALLLLLLL!!! Its Fabio De Lima this time with the fifth goal for the hosts. The Indian defence clueless and suffering from a total lack of coordination. UAE 5 -India 0
65' Two changes for UAE. Mohamed Juma Eid Al-Balooshi and Tahnoon Hamdan Saeed Albadal Alzaabi take the field in place of Khalil Ibrahim Ali Abdulla Alhammadi and Khalfan Mubarak Khalfan Alshamsi respectively.
63' GOOAAAALLLLLL!!! UAE scoring for fun now. Its Khalil Ibrahim this time. Mabkhout turns provider this time who made a lovely pass to Ibrahim who steered it past the 'keeper. UAE 4 -India 0
59' GOOAAAAALLLL!!! Who else but Mabkhout? He bags his third goal of the night to gift UAE a three goal lead to UAE. A brillliant cross from the left flank which Mabkhout received deftly and slotted it home. UAE 3 -India 0
58' Stimac makes two more changes. Raynier and Pandita comes on the pitch.
55' THAT WAS CLOSE- De Lima header's from a UAE corner whistles inches above India's goal.
52' UAE maintaining its dominating performance in the second half. Fabio De Lima and Mabkhout indulging in a one-two inside India's penalty box.
Stat: Four of the UAE players were part of the side that beat India 2-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Three Indians from that game are in today's XI - Gurpeet, Kotal and Thapa.
46 ' Stimac makes three changes. Dheeraj comes in for Gurpreet to man the posts, Hali Charan Narzary comes in for Lallianzuala Chhangte and Mohammed Yasir for Anirudh Thapa.
THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY
It was a half with hardly any positives for India. UAE enjoyed the lion's share of the possession and easily found loopholes in India's defence. Star-player Ali Mabkhout has been UAE's best player and his brace is what separates the two teams right now.
HALF-TIME: UAE 2 - India 0
45+2' A rare effort on goal for India. Colaco with a subtle through ball to Manvir but the pass had too much weight on it, allowing UAE keeper Ali Khaseif to reach Manvir before he could get his lob away.
44' India has been very poor in maintaining its defensive shape. UAE constantly threading penetrative passes inside India's half.
42' Ali Mabkhout with a shot again, which whistles over the bar. He is posing all kinds of problems for the Indian defence.
39' UAE with a briiliant counter attack. Mabkhout spears through the Indian defence and shoots but hits the side-netting.
37' India enjoying possession again but not doing anything substantial with it. UAE maintaining its defensive lines really well.
32' GOAL! Mabkhout with a well-placed penalty on Gurpreet's right. The goalkeeper dived at full-stretch but could not save it. The home side now has a 2-0 lead.
31' PENALTY!!!! Adil Khan with an unintentional handball.
27' India enjoying a prolonged stretch of possession for the first time in the match.
21' UAE continuing with its barrage of attacks. India on the backseat.
16' FREEKICK for India in a dangerous position but nothing comes of it.
12' GOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! UAE- 1 INDIA- 0 Its Ali Mabkhout again. Received a brilliant through ball and deliciously lobbed it over Gurpreet who was helpless.
7' Rough tackle by Indian player Mashoor Shareef. Becomes the first player to go into the referee's book.
4' UAE spending more time in India's half but hasn't been able to work Indian skipper and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
2' UAE enjoying early possession in its own half. No considerable threat yet from either side.
1' KICK OFF!
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7.33: LINEUPS ARE OUT
India: Gurpeet Singh Sandhu (GK) (c), Akash Mishra, Adil Khan, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Manvir Singh, Suresh Singh, Lalengmawia, Pritam Kotal, Liston Colaco, Mashoor Shareef
UAE: Ali Khaseif (GK), Bandar Al Ahbabi, Shaheen Abdulrahman, Waleed Abbas (c), Mahmoud Khamis, Ali Hassan Salmin, Abdalla Ramadan, Khalfan Mubarak, Fabio De Lima, Ali Mabkhout, Khalil Al Hammadi
After a resilient performance against Oman on Thursday, where the Indian football earned a gritty 1-1 draw, the Blue Tigers will face a superior-ranked UAE side at Dubai's Zabeel Stadium on Monday.
The match will prove to be a “more difficult experience”, according to Indian head-coach Igor Stimac. India’s outing against Oman saw Stimac hand debuts to 10 players, with six in the starting line-up.
The first-half was marred by positional errors where India was completely dominated in midfield. Chinglensana Singh’s unfortunate own goal made affairs trickier. Stimac's men put up a composed second half display and enjoyed more of the ball and found more space in the opponent’s half.
Lalengmawia's addition saw the side play with greater fluency and equalised through a thumping header from Manvir Singh, who converted Bipin Singh's cross from the right.
“The boys recovered well, to be honest…..it was exhausting game. As a coach, I was happy with attitude and performance. There were many debutants in the match. All credit to the lads,” said Stimac.
The Indians will look to avenge the 2019 Asian Cup defeat when they face the home team on Monday. “UAE will definitely put pressure but that’s why we are here. We need to control the ball, we need to try and keep possession. It won’t be an easy game but we are here to gather experience and not more than that,” said Stimac.
- Jhingan out, Gurpreet returns -
Stimac confirmed that defender Adil Khan will replace Sandesh Jhingan, while Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will man the posts and also don the captain’s armband.
The Croatian added that Lalengmawia (Apuia) will start the game after the 20 year-old debutant carried forward his impressive form from the recently concluded Indian Super League season. (ISL) form.
“We are going to see everyone who did not play in the first game in the match against UAE. These are friendly matches which I will use to find out the best (players) for the upcoming matches (World Cup qualifiers),” the head coach said.
- Stimac’s expectations from the UAE game -
The Indian coach reiterated several times that his team needs to be more aware of its style of play, especially in the middle of the park. “Our players will need to understand that this is not ISL where there is a lot of space and time to control the ball in the middle...There is no time and space in international football. You need to play 1-2, you need to be quick, sharp and you need to control your players in the middle and follow his runs behind,” said the 53-year-old coach.