The Blue colts were handed their first defeat of the Qualifiers on Wednesday.
India went down 0-1 against the hosts UAE, as a late penalty spoiled their party. Igor Stimac’s side looked very good in the first half, but things changed in the second 45. India approached the second half against UAE in a more orthodox manner and had to pay the price for defending too deep in AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers.
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem – 8.0
Dheeraj was brilliant throughout the game except for the spot-kick. He was India’s best player on the pitch, as he made two great saves in either half to deny UAE an opening. The FC Goa shot-stopper had a busy day as he made five saves, six collections and five clearances.
Asish Rai – 7.0
The Hyderabad FC prodigy made overlapping runs followed by pinpoint crosses into the box. He made four clearances, two interceptions and also put in a perfect last-ditch tackle.
Deepak Tangri – 7.0
Tangri had yet another good outing as he was rock-solid at the back. The ATK Mohun Bagan star recorded six clearances and a block against the home side.
Narender Gahlot – 7.5
The Jamshedpur FC man was the most impressive defender in India’s backline. He made nine clearances, the most by any Indian player. He also recorded a tackle alongside two interceptions.
Akash Mishra – 7.0
Akash continued to do what he does best. He initiated a few threatening moves with his bombing runs forward and also defended well. Across the 90 minutes, he recorded six clearances, five interceptions and a block.
Lalengmawia – 7.0
Apuia was cool and composed on the ball while playing the role of a holding midfielder. He blocked two shots, made as many key passes and had a shot off target. He also made four interceptions.
Suresh Singh Wangjam – 6.5
The India skipper had a bad day at the office according to his standards. Suresh made three key passes and two interceptions, but also gave away the penalty from which UAE scored.
Jeakson Singh – 6.5
Jeakson played the whole match, but he had an average outing as he recorded just two clearances and interceptions each.
Vikram Pratap Singh – 7.5
Vikram brought the same energy from the last game and gave a good account of himself. His work rate was impressive, as he tracked back every time to help his wing-back. He troubled the UAE backline on many occasions with his pace and trickery.
Rahim Ali – 6.5
Rahim Ali did not have any notable impact in the attacking third. But, he dropped deep to help out his defenders and recorded three clearances in this process.
Rahul KP – 7.5
Rahul was a constant threat to UAE on the left wing. He came back to help out his wing-back and also regained possession for India multiple times. He also had a goal ruled out due to offside. Defensively, he made four interceptions and two clearances.
Sumit Rathi – 6.0
Sumit came in to replace Vikram and was straight away deployed as a left-back. He made three clearances and committed a major error, which enabled UAE to win the penalty.
Princeton Rebello – 6.5
He replaced Asish Rai and joined Jeakson and Amarjit in midfield. Princeton played a few notable passes in the limited game-time he got.
Amarjit Singh Kiyam – 6.0
Amarjit came in to replace Apuia to make his second consecutive appearance off the bench. He made a few interceptions and clearances alongside a couple of fouls late in the second half.
Aniket Jadhav – NA
Jadhav replaced Rahim Ali in injury-time and couldn’t make any notable impact on the game, apart from conceding silly fouls.
Rohit Danu – NA
Just like Aniket, Danu too didn’t have much time to make his presence felt in the game.