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Asian Cup: Brave India go down fighting

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Abu Dhabi, Jan 10 (IANS) A spirited India dominated pre-game favourites the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before going down 0-2 in their second Group A match at the Asian Cup football tournament here on Thursday.

The Indians dominated the first-half and were unlucky to miss out on their second consecutive victory.

They created around half a dozen clear chances most of which came off the woodwork.

India, who beat Thailand 4-1 in their campaign opener, now have 3 points from two matches.

The UAE, who drew 1-1 with Bahrain, have four points from two matches.

The UAE took the lead against the run of play when Khalfan Mubarak (41st minute) produced a well-placed finish a short while before the break.

The hosts played better in the second-half even as the visibility disheartened Indians tried hard for the equaliser.

The UAE got their second goal a couple of minutes before the end of regulation time when a long ball caught most of the Indian defence out of position and Ali Mabkho (88th) scored with a cool finish.


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