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DNMUM429754 | 1/11/2019 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :305

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Missed chances and goalpost cost Blue Tigers dear as spirited Chhetri & Co lose to UAE 0-2

Mumbai: A luckless but fighting Indian football team went down to hosts UAE 0-2 in their second Group A match of the AFC Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The Blue Tigers play Bahrain in their last match on January 14, and will need at least a draw to make the knockouts stage for the first time since 1964.
On a day when the Indians hit the goalpost twice in the second half and muffed chances in the first, Khalfan Mubarak’s 41st minute strike and Ali Mabkhout’s 88th-minute winner sealed it for UAE.
In the 11th minute, the Arab custodian Khalid Bilal pulled out a world class save to break Indian hearts and deny Ashique Kuruniyan’s shot from close range after Sunil Chhetri had put him through. Skipper Chhet
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