Preview: If Thailand was big, India are faced with a bigger test in hosts United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday, overcoming whom will require them to play out of their skins.Currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th, the United Arab Emirates were placed as high as 24 in the FIFA chart in January 2015. India can expect the UAE to come hard at them after a 1-1 stalemate against Bahrain in the tournament opener.
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Results of opening round
India thrashed Thailand 4-1 while UAE were held to a stalemate by Bahrain 1-1. India are leading the group with three points in their opener and also a +3 goal difference in their favour.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and UAE. Stephen Constantine’s men started the tournament with a bang by beating Thailand 4-1. If they manage to perform at similar level tonight, they will go a long way in sealing their progression into the next round.