Sacking of coach works for Thailand as they beat Bahrain


India's 4-1 victory over Thailand in the opening match of the Asian Cup 2019 was phenomenal, but now Stephen Constantine's boys have an even bigger task on hand.

"Even if one of them had gone in, 1-0, and they would have been desperate, and things would have been so different".

However, Jordan's win made them the first team to book their place in the knockout stages, following their upset of defending champions Australia. "The players know me well", the Belgian said.

"Tonight I played two wingers outside and a deeper striker. It's important to grow into the tournament".

Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm as Thailand bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.

Bahrain had their chances too as they kept Thai goalkeeper Sivarak Tedsungnoen busy, with the custodian pulling off a double-save against Mohamed Marhood and Sayed Dhiya Saeed in the 28th minute.

On the second match-day of AFC Asian Cup 2019, Group A's India will face hosts UAE, a side which is placed 18 places higher than them in the FIFA World Rankings as India is on the 97th spot whereas UAE ranked at 79.

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For UAE, the AFC Asia Cup 2019 tournament has not started on a very positive note as the hosts managed to settle for a 1-1 draw against Bahrain.

Until Mubarak's strike - his first for his country - the 2015 semi-finalists had been largely restricted to pot shots that threatened little but the fleets of luxury cars in the stadium parking lot.

He first became India manager in 2002 for a three-year tenure, which saw him credited with making the national team more professional.

"We are, as I've said, very concerned about his detention, very concerned about any potential for [the] return of Mr Araibi to Bahrain", said Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne after meeting her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai and the Southeast Asian nation's justice minister Prajin Juntong. If we could have taken our chances it could have been different. "I have 23 bitterly disappointed boys".

Emirati journalists, huddled at the mixed zone ahead of the teams walking out from the game, were congratulating their Indian counterparts, saying they had never seen their home team play a more tense win.

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