India suffered an embarrassing 0-6 rout by the hands of formidable United Arab Emirates – their heaviest defeat against the Gulf aspect – in the second international soccer friendly right here on Monday (March 29). Such was their efficiency that Igor Stimac’s aspect didn’t even get a single shot on course in one of the forgettable encounters in current occasions.
Striker Ali Mabkhout scored hat-trick with targets in the twelfth, thirty second and sixtieth minutes whereas Khalil Ibrahim (sixty fourth) and Fabio Lima (71st and 84th) added the opposite three. India gave a superb account of themselves in their first friendly match against fancied Oman on March 25 with a formidable 1-1 draw however against the UAE, they have been clueless how you can maintain the ball, sew the passes and create probabilities.
The gulf in the category and technical superiority was all too obvious, although India have been with out their talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri, recovering from COVID-19 an infection. Key defender Sandesh Jhingan was additionally rested as Stimac experimented with new gamers in his huge 27-member squad.
The draw against Oman had given a number of hope to the Indians who’re at 104th in FIFA chart against 74th ranked UAE. But it turned out to be one of the mediocre exhibits by any Indian aspect against UAE.
It turned out to be the heaviest defeat against the UAE, obliterating the 0-5 loss in an international friendly in 2010 in Abu Dhabi. Stimac mentioned simply earlier than the match that his gamers ought to be capable of make fast choice against a a lot superior and technically much better opponents.
His gamers did nothing, fairly they weren’t allowed to do something as UAE toyed with the Indians and create probabilities nearly at will. The Indians weren’t allowed to carry the ball and all of the Stimac’s males did have been to chase for many a part of match.
UAE had 67 per cent possession as against India’s 33 in the primary half throughout which Ali Mabkhout chipped one over Indian goalkeeper and captain Gurpreet Singh Sandhu after which scored from the spot after Adil Khan dealt with the ball contained in the field.
The second half was no higher for India, not like against Oman after they fought again to equalise, as UAE laid naked the totally porous Indian defence to pump in 4 extra targets. After Ali Mabkhout accomplished his hat-trick on the hour mark, Khalil Ibrahim made a fantastic end with a first-time shot in the sixty fourth minute to make it 4-0 earlier than Fabio Lima accomplished the rout with two extra targets in the 71st and 84th minute.
India’s solely noteworthy transfer got here simply earlier than half-time when Liston Colaco, who made his debut on Monday, discovered Manvir Singh with an outstanding by means of ball however the striker’s shot was blocked by the onrushing UAE keeper.
The international friendly matches are being performed as a part of preparations for the joint qualification spherical of 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup to be performed in June.