AFC Asian Cup: 'Messi Jay' stunner puts Thailand back on track

Heather Diaz
January 11, 2019

A draw would be mean that all the teams will go to the round three of the group stages with fingers-crossed on the qualification.

Jordan's victory over Syria ensured they became the first nation to book a berth in the knockout phase of the Asian Cup as hosts the United Arab Emirates strengthened their chances of advancing with victory over India.

"The Syrian Arab Football Federation has made a decision to dismiss coach Bernd Stange", said a statement on the organisation's Facebook page, adding that former national coach Fajr Ibrahim would take charge for the final Group B game against Australia.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac after a 4-1 loss to India.

Get highlights and analysis of the India vs UAE AFC Asian Cup 2019 match below. "It's important to grow into the tournament". He also became the second highest active goal-scorer in worldwide football taking his tally to 67, which is two more than Lionel Messi.

India then hit the post once more in the last few minutes of the game but couldn't convert and lost the match 2-0. He then passed the ball to Khalfan Mubarak who beat goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu from tight angle.

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India vs United Arab Emirates, AFC Asian Cup 2019 Group A match will start at 09:30 PM IST on January 10 at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

If the Blue Tigers manage to hold Bahrain, then India needs UAE not to get beaten against Thailand to secure a top-two finish.

"We know where we are coming from - from very low - but we changed a lot of things", said Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans. Sunil Chhetri scored a brace, while Jeje Lalpekhlua and Anirudh Thapa scored the other two goals.

"Before, nobody believed in these players", added the Belgian.

In Dubai, "Thai Messi" Chanathip Songkrasin fired the Thais to only their second-ever Asian Cup win to reignite their hopes, smashing in a first-time shot that rocketed past Sayed Shubbar Alawi in the Bahrain goal.

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