Jordan first to book knockout ticket, hosts go top of Group A

India 0-2 UAE, Group A
Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

India produced one of the biggest storylines of UAE 2019 so far with their sensational opening 4-1 victory over Thailand, so there was plenty of anticipation heading into their clash with the tournament hosts.

And UAE were on the back foot as India started brightly, with Ashique Kuruniyan and Sunil Chhetri both forcing Khalid Eisa Bilal into key saves. Everything swung before the break as sluggish defending and quick feet from Khaflan Mubarak created enough space to fire into the top corner of the net against the run of play.

From almost the same patch of grass India rattled the bar through Udanta Singh as they continued to look bright. Ismail Al Hamadi almost wrapped things up when he struck the post, but Ali Mabkhout’s superb touch and cool finish settled the game with a minute to go, even though India still found time to rattle the bar again.

The hosts go top of Group A on four points, with India and Thailand trail on three each and Bahrain prop up the table on one point ahead of the group’s last matchday.