Himanshu |Sports Editor|DKODING
Jordan has managed a 2-0 win over Syria yesterday. Jordan is now the first country firming up their place in the knockouts. United Arab Emirates have strong chances to advance to the round of 16 with victory over India.
UAE picked up their first win of the group stage over India and the Bahrain draw takes them on the top of chart in Group A.
India is firmed up at second slot so far along with Thailand. Syria had missed qualifying for the world cup last year in the slightest and here Jordan has out played them in this tournament and also the defending champions – Australia.
“My guys made a great performance and tactically they were very good,” said Borkelmans.”
Since Borkelmans’ side displayed an impressive first 45 minutes game to go through Bernd Stange’s team, taking the lead through Mousa Suleiman goal and thereafter another goal of Tareq Khattab. They have secured them to be no lower than the second slot in any given situation.
Mubarak of UAE struck a goal in the last moments of the first half and Mabkhout’s second goal just on the 88th minutes of the match.
Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh both missed a crucial goal that costed India the match inspite of a fearless effort on the field.
Now India will have to secure a victory over Bahrain to feature in the knockout stage and if this happens – it’ll be India’s first ever at that level. OR it ‘ll go down to various permutations and combinations depending on the other teams spot in the chart.