Asian Cup 2019: How can Blue Tigers make Round of 16?

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Al-Ain: Jordan won a bruising derby with Syria 2-0 to become the first team to reach the Asian Cup knockouts on Thursday (Jan 10), while talisman Chanathip "Messi Jay" Songkrasin hauled crisis-hit Thailand back on track.

India defeated Thailand 4-1 in their opener but lost their second match 2-0 against UAE, meaning they require a draw in their final group game against Bahrain.

Upon replying that they support India, he tells them that's not good, they live in the UAE and should support it.

A video purportedly showing a man locking up supporters of the Indian football team in a birdcage ahead of a crucial match with the UAE has gone viral, prompting the UAE authorities to arrest several persons, reports said Friday. "They were supposed to cheer for the UAE national team in their match against India in the AFC Asian Cup", the UAE's Attorney General office said in a statement. In the 11th minute, skipper Sunil Chhetri played a wonderful through ball to Ashique, who forced a brilliant save from the UAE keeper.

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"We needed a goal, that is why he (Stephen Constantine) put me in".

Entering the game after a 1-1 stalemate with Bahrain, UAE required full points full points, and the relief was palpable in their camp when Mubarak broke the deadlock. He asks them who do they support between the UAE and India, Khaleej Times reported.

UAE striker Ali Mabkhout, right, in action againt India. We expect UAE to be a tough game too.

Luck deserted the away side as Udanta Singh's drive rebounded off the crossbar only to bounce out and fall harmlessly to an UAE defender before Jeje Lalpekhlua's volley flew inches away from the angle of the goal. If we could have taken our chances it could have been different.

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"We have to pick ourselves up from this because no one else is voting to come and do that for us". They caused us lot of problems with their speed and we had to make changes to our game to be able to get closer to our goal. We got more chances (than UAE) but I think today (Thursday) was a bad day, hitting the post twice. I hope it is on our side next game.

A point against Bahrain in the last game would still be enough for India to qualify, with a win assuring India a top two spot in the group.

India surprised many with their opening game win.

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