The Blue Tigers went down in their second international friendly with several players under-performing.
India suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their second international friendly in Dubai. Following a gritty draw with Oman in their previous match, the Blue Tigers were humbled by a much stronger team.
Igor Stimac had fielded a comparatively new team, for the purpose of giving every player a chance to express themselves and gain valuable experience. However, the move backfired as the players under-performed on Monday night. Several experienced players as well as newcomers delivered below-par performances in the defeat. Let’s take a look at how the players performed during the game between UAE and India.
United Arab Emirates
Ali Khaself (GK) – 6.0
The UAE custodian was barely tested by India, who were run ragged on Monday night. A comfortable night for the goalkeeper.
Bandar Al Ahbabi – 7.0
Bandar Al Ahbabi was a livewire on the right flank and caused many problems for the Blue Tigers. He provided an assist for the third goal as well.
Shaheen Abdelrahman – 6.5
Shaheen was strong in the heart of the defence for the UAE. His partnership with Waleed Abbas remained comfortable throughout the game.
Walid Abbas – 7.5
The skipper had a comfortable night. He was excellent in keeping India’s target man in-check and distributed the ball well from deep.
Mahmoud Khamis – 6.0
The left-back was solid in his duties. He also provided width to the attack and tracked back efficiently. The full-back did not let Liston Colaco breathe.
Ali Hassan Ali Salmin – 6.0
Ali Hassan Ali Salmin was all over the pitch for the team. He provided cover and won almost every duel that he contested. He was vital in winning and keeping the ball.
Abdalla Ramadan – 6.5
Abdalla Ramadan was a crucial element in the UAE’s midfield domination. The player efficiently closed down any opportunity for the opposition to counter and distributed the ball to the wingers with ease.
Khalfan Mubarak – 6.0
Khalfan Mubarak’s link-up play with the attackers kept the Indians on the back foot. He found spaces between the opposition players with ease.
Fabio De Lima – 8.5
The UAE winger delivered a brilliant assist for the first goal against India and his shot led to the penalty for the second. He later scored the fifth goal on the night and provided another assist for the sixth.
Ali Mabkhout – 9.0
The experienced striker scored the opening goal with an intricate chip over the keeper. He added a second with a cool penalty. He completed his hat-trick in the second half with an easy finish, as the defenders failed to deal with a long ball.
Khalil Alhammadi – 6.0
The winger had a quiet first half, but scored the fourth goal for the team in the second 45. The late run behind the defenders was well fed and he slotted the ball in the bottom corner with ease.
Mohamed Al-Balooshi – 6.0
Al Balooshi contributed with an assist after coming on in the second half.
Tahnoon Alzaabi – 5.5
Tahnoon Alzabi kept the pressure on the Indian players with a strong performance off the bench.
Majed Hassan – 5.0
Majed Hassan had two good opportunities but was let down by his wayward shooting.
Sebastien Tagliabue – 6.5
Scored the sixth goal after coming on.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK) – 3.5
The keeper was unlucky, as he was caught out in a one-on-one situation for the first and could not save the penalty for the second goal. The custodian was left exposed by his defenders who failed to mark the attackers on numerous occasions.
Pritam Kotal – 3.5
The defender was all over the place in terms of his positioning. The opposition wingers pressurized him into giving the ball away. His lack of communication with Shereef and Colaco was also evident.
Adil Khan – 2.5
He missed an easy headed clearance which led to the third goal for the UAE. His communication with Shereef was all over the place. A night to forget.
Mashoor Shereef – 3.0
Mashoor Shereef struggled to cope up with the attackers from the first minute. He got a yellow card and looked really uncomfortable on the ball. A disappointing night for the youngster.
Akash Mishra – 4.0
Akash Mishra was clearly outperformed by a sensational Fabio De Lima and Bandar Al Ahbabi on the right flank.
Suresh Singh Wangjam – 4.0
Suresh Singh Wangjam did not have a good game either. He could not repeat his energetic performance from the last match against Oman. The experienced midfielders of the UAE did not give the ball away or let Suresh initiate any counter-attack.
Anirudh Thapa – 5.0
The energetic midfielder could not get on the ball enough to hurt the opposition. He spent the first half chasing it and was taken off in the break.
Lalengmawia Ralte – 5.0
Lalengmawia Ralte showed glimpses of his skills on the ball. He looked probably the most comfortable among all the Indian players.
Liston Colaco – 4.0
The debutant could not repeat his antics from the Indian Super League, as the pace and experience of the opposition players kept him out of the game. He was taken off early in the second half after failing to make a mark.
Lallianzuala Chhangte – 4.5
The winger barely affected the game either. He delivered one inaccurate cross in the box and failed to hold up possession or trouble the opposition’s full-back.
Manvir Singh – 5.0
Manvir SIngh had a quiet game. The striker was marked closely by the opposition defence. He had one shot on target.
Halicharan Narzary – 3.5
Halicharan Narzary looked terribly under-prepared. He was nervy on the ball and did not affect the game positively.
Mohammad Yasir – 3.5
The occasion was perhaps too big for Mohammad Yasir. The midfielder barely found his feet and spent most of his second half cameo chasing the ball.
Raynier Fernandes – 4.0
Raynier Fernandes intercepted passes and recovered possession a few times. However, he was over-crowded whenever in possession of the ball and gave it away on most occasions.
Ishan Pandita – 4.0
Ishan Pandita was not able to cause any real discomfort to the physically stronger center-backs of the UAE.
Hitesh Sharma – 4.0
Hitesh Sharma came off the bench to make his debut for India, but could not express himself against the UAE. He was not able to keep possession and was hurried into making errors by the opposition.
Ashique Kuruniyan – 3.5
Ashique Kuruniyan had a short cameo off the bench. He was reckless and also earned a yellow card for a bad tackle. Perhaps the frustration of the night had seeped into his performance.