Hosts UAE got better of Sunil Chhetri-led Indian national team as the Blue Tigers suffered their first defeat in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. India had a lot of chances which they failed to convert in the first half as they were handed a 2-0 defeat by a UAE side, who took their chances and were the better of the two sides in the second half. India let UAE dictate the terms in the second half and paid the price. 

Ali Ahmed Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak Al Shamsi scored in either side of the two halves to clinch all three points for UAE, who received amazing support from the home crowd. Chances galore in the first half for India but the forward line led by the talismanic Chhetri couldn't slot it past the UAE keeper, who blocked almost everything that came his way including a close header from the Indian captain. 

While India were unlucky not converting their chances, UAE scored twice from long-ball build-ups ensuring that they finished the attacks. Khalfan Mubarak Al Shamsi scored the first goal in the 41st minute of the game grabbing a pass from Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, who beat Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika before finding his teammate with an inch-perfect assist. 

Mubarak slotted home after toying around Anirudh to beat Gurpreet and put his side ahead with his maiden international goal. Ali Ahmed Mabkhout scored the second one for UAE and doubled his side's lead in the 88th minute to kill the game and end India's hopes of making a comeback. 

Unlike in the 4-1 win against Thailand, Indian attack couldn't trouble the UAE defence in the second half. Striker Jeje Lalpheklua was introduced in the second half and had a close chance just minutes after coming on but his volley attempt went over the bar. Udanta Singh hit the crossbar once while Chhetri had a decent header blocked by the UAE keeper. 

With the three points, UAE are now on top of Group A while India are placed second with a positive goal difference and three points. The Blue Tigers are not done yet in the AFC Asian Cup and will look to make it to the knockouts when they take on Bahrain in a do-or-die encounter on December 14.