Stephen Constantine aiming to lead India to historic qualification in Asian Cup

Bahrain 0 Thailand 1 Songkrasin the hero for interim coach Yodyardthai

Bahrain 0 Thailand 1 Songkrasin the hero for interim coach Yodyardthai

Abu Dhabi: Stressing that India has the potential to win and enter the knockouts, football coach Stephen Constantine on Friday said the team needs to get its act together ahead of the clash with Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup.

India went on to win the match 4-1 and 34-year-old Chhetri surpassed Lionel Messi to become the second-most prolific global scorer in the list of active players. It was a member of the UAE staff who wanted the Indian captain to know that his side played a really "good game".

If Thailand (currently on 3 points) win against UAE (currently on 4 points), both Thailand and India will be tied at 6 points and it will be left to the head-to-head result which is the first tiebreaker between two teams on level points.

After 20 minutes, if we compare the average position of the players of the two sides, UAE only had two players in the Indian half compared to India's seven in the other half. "We have to fight in every game and aim to take three points". Earlier, India, after starting on the front foot, missed a few chances and lost the initiative to the UAE in Abu Dhabi.

Three minutes later, India again experienced the so-near-yet-so-far moment when Udanta Singh's shot ricochets off the bar.

UAE striker Ali Mabkhout, right, in action againt India. "We made mistakes, hope to rectify those in training", he said after the game. UAE who drew against Bahrain, denied India a chance to secure qualification with their 2-0 win on January 10.

"We have to pick ourselves up and get ready for the next game". We got more chances (than UAE) but I think today (Thursday) was a bad day, hitting the post twice.

UAE fans wave their flags before the game. It will also suit India better as they will be the automatic table toppers from the group. "I sense this Indian team will be a force in the future tournaments", UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni told the media after the game.

However, with Bahrain on the horizon and Thailand going up against tournament hosts UAE, India need to ensure their passage into the next round by getting maximum points over their last Group A opponent.

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