UAE suffer 1-0 Asian Games defeat

Barnaby Read 18/09/2014
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Losing cause: The UAE players (red) were not able to secure a second Group G win over Jordan.

The UAE's hopes of progressing from Group G of the football competition at the 2014 Asian Games are still alive despite falling to a 1-0 defeat at the Goyang Stadium this afternoon.

Ahmed Alassawi scored the only goal of the game for Jordan after just seven minutes, to which the UAE could find no reply.

To make matters worse, Waleed Al Mazrouei was sent of for the UAE for a second bookable offence two minutes from the interval.

Ali Ebrahim's team, comprised of 17 under-23 and three over-age players, remain favourites to progress to the last 16 alongside their victors thanks to their 5-0 win over India in their first outing in Incheon.

That result means that the UAE can only exit the competition if India manage to beat Jordan by five goals to nil. 

If they do progress as expected, the UAE will most likely face either Vietnam or Kyrgyzstan Group H in the next round, with the winner of the gruop to be decided in Monday's showdown between the two teams.

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Al Kathiri hat-trick fires UAE to 5-0 win over India in Asian Games bow

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Victorious: The UAE team that beat India.

A hat-trick from Saeed Al Kathiri helped the UAE commence their Asian Games campaign with a bang as the Whites delivered a 5-0 thrashing of India at the Hwaseong Stadium in South Korea.

The UAE, who were runners-up in the previous edition of the Games in Guangzhou in 2010 under the guidance of Mahdi Ali, are considered one of the favourites for the gold medal in Korea and they certainly sent out a strong signal of intent with their opening performance in Group G.

Al Kathiri, the captain and one of three over-age players in the squad along with Bandar Al Ahbabi and Sultan Bargash, was part of the team that won silver in Guangzhou four years ago.

The Al Wasl striker gave the UAE an early advantage, heading home a corner for the opener in the 13th minute and adding a second two minutes later powerfully connecting with a cross from Al Ahbabi with a deft finish.

Bani Yas’ Al Ahbabi added a third in the 19th minute, dribbling into the box and finding the roof of the net.

Al Kathiri scored his fourth 26 minutes from time before an own goal from Sandesh Jhingan stuck the final nail in India’s coffin in the 82nd minute.

"Thank God, it’s a positive start for us but there’s still a long way to go," Al Kathiri told Sport360°.

The Emiratis, led by coach Ali Ibrahim, will next face Jordan at the Goyang Stadium on Thursday.

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AFC Asian Cup to visit UAE during trophy tour

David Cooper 13/09/2014
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Ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the trophy will be going on tour to six countries and will be paying a visit to the UAE in October.

The 16-team tournament, which takes place every four years, will be staged in Australia between January 9 and 31.

But before the teams head Down Under, fans will get the chance to see the trophy up close when it goes on tour at the end of September.

The trophy will begin its tour in China on September 26 until October 8 before heading to Qatar on October 23 until October 25.

From Qatar, the trophy will come to the UAE on October 30 for two days before it continues its whistle-stop tour to South Korea on November 14-16.

The trophy will then head to Japan – the current holders – on November 21-23 and will conclude its tour in Australia where it will spend 10 days beginning December 1.

UAE fans will hope their team will also be able to get their hands on the trophy, and expectations are high for Mahdi Ali's men. The Whites are ranked sixth in Asia and are the reigning Gulf Cup of Nations champions. 

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