AFC Asian Cup: 'Messi Jay' stunner puts Thailand back on track

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However, Jordan's win made them the first team to book their place in the knockout stages, following their upset of defending champions Australia.

India football coach Stephen Constantine said after the emphatic win that despite a gap of 21 places in rankings, the Blue Tigers never considered Thailand as an easy opponent.

In Abu Dhabi, Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout were on target for the Emiratis, who were fortunate to scrape a 1-1 draw in their curtain-raiser against Bahrain after a controversial late penalty last Saturday. "I would like to thank all of those fans that came here tonight and supported us", said the 65-year old. In the second half, we changed the way we play. He also became the second highest active goal-scorer in global football taking his tally to 67, which is two more than Lionel Messi. Their next opponents are hosts UAE at the Zayed Sports City on Thursday where they will hope for a repeat. UAE are first on four points while Bahrain are last with just one point.

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Until Mubarak's strike - his first for his country - the 2015 semi-finalists had been largely restricted to pot shots that threatened little but the fleets of luxury cars in the stadium parking lot.

But India can not sit on its laurels for long as they are up for a much tougher opponent in the form of UAE on Thursday. A draw against Thailand in Al Ain on Monday would confirm their qualification, a win against the War Elephants would see them top Group A. Even they (UAE players) were surprised and did not believe that we were this good.

"But if you don't convert your chances you pay for it - and we paid for it".

Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm on Wednesday as the Thais bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.



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