AFC Asian Cup 2019: 3 reasons why India lost to UAE 2-0
After registering an impressive 4-1 victory over Thailand in their first match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign, team India lost the rhythm in their second group stage match as the host nation, the United Arab Emirates edged the 'Blue Tigers' out 2-0 on Thursday, at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
It was not the 'Blue Tigers' day as they misspent three golden opportunities in the first half. Unfortunately team India also hit the crossbar twice in the second half of the game. Khaflan Mubarak broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 41st minute of the game. Ali Ahmed Mabkhout doubled the lead as he found the back of the net in the 88th minute of the match and UAE stole India's thunder in a spectacular encounter.
After today's match, the host nation UAE are topping the group with four points, followed by India with three points, the same as Thailand. In their next fixture, team India will lock horns with Bahrain on January 14, 2019, which will be the 'do or die' match for the 'Blue Tigers' to qualify for the Round of 16.
Let's have a look at the three major reasons, for what team India suffered a 0-2 loss against UAE.
#3 Poor ball possession
Unlike the first half, team India failed to create enough chances in the second half of the game, which resulted in only 33% of ball possession for them. Though in the first half, the UAE defence appeared to be a bit shaky, team India failed to create an effective attack in front of the resolute UAE defence in the second half of the game.
In the 53rd minute, Jeje Lalpekhlua tried to poke the ball into the net after getting it from Anirudh Thapa's free-kick, but the ball went just inches wide. Two minutes later, Udanta Singh's powerful shot was denied by the UAE bar. Only these two notable chances were created by the Indians in the second half, as UAE brought the game under their control gradually, not allowing Indian strikers to have the ball possession.