Abu Dhabi: India left their scoring boots and luck behind while hosts United Arab Emirates found both after a subdued opener to record a 2-0 win in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday. Mabkout then sealed victory for the home team in the 88th minute.
India went on to win the match 4-1 and 34-year-old Chhetri surpassed Lionel Messi to become the second-most prolific global scorer in the list of active players.
Indian football team started their AFC Asian Cup in Dubai on a high as they registered a stunning 4-1 win over Thailand in the opening contest of the coveted tournament.
India began the second half brightly and were close on multiple occasions to restore parity.
Sandesh Jhingan had the first big chance of the game as he escaped his marker during a corner, but failed to keep his header down. UAE went into the break with a 0-1 lead thanks to the strike from Mubarak in the 41st minute.
Then, unmarked at the far post, Sunil Chhetri's header after Thapa squared it for the second highest active goal-scorer in worldwide football, was brilliantly saved by UAE custodian Khalid Eisa. Indian defender Anas Edathodika was caught napping and Ali Mabkhout stole the ball right in front of him.
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It was not that the Indian defence was in disarray but they would have done well to clear the ball at first instance.
When asked whether the Blue Tigers view UAE as their toughest opponents in the group stage, Kotal said: "Before the Thailand game, would anybody have said that it was going to be easy?"
Vital Borkelmans' team, who stunned defending champions Australia in their first game, could soon be joined in the last 16 by surprise package India, who face hosts UAE later in Group A.
Constantine brought in Jeje Lalpekhlua in place of Halicharan Narzary and the Mizo forward, who scored two minutes after coming off the bench in the 4-1 mauling of Thailand, almost did an encore in the 53rd minute.
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.
Few minutes later, a glorious chance presented itself to the Indian captain but he couldn't convert either.