Upbeat India face UAE test
ABU DHABI, January 9: If Thailand was big, India faced a bigger test in hosts United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup here on Thursday, overcoming whom will require them to play out of their skins.
Four days after creating a flutter with a stunning 4-1 drubbing of Thailand, India are now looking an upbeat lot in the continental showpiece.
While the result against Thailand, who have three J-League players in their ranks, was no mean feat, it will be a bigger achievement if the Indians are able to put it across the hosts who are gunning for the title.
Coach Stephen Constantine will be pleased with how the second half against Thailand turned out. India not only managed to shut down a lethal Thai attack after being tied 1-1 at the break, but also threatened at the other end through quick transitions in attack.
Osako double helps Japan beat Turkmenistan 3-2
ABU DHABI: Yuya Osako netted a quickfire double as former champions Japan survived a scare to beat Turkmenistan 3-2 in their Asian Cup opener on Wednesday.
The Blue Samurai reached the last 16 of last year’s World Cup but they had to fight back from a goal down at halftime in their Group F clash in Abu Dhabi. (PTI/ AFP)