AFC Asian Cup Rival Watch: UAE and in-form Thailand win, Bahrain lose

India's group opponent Thailand have won their last four matches scoring 13 and conceding just two goals...

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup participants are on their final leg of preparations before the continental tournament in UAE in January and all four Group A teams were in action in the ongoing international break. 

India's AFC Asian Cup preparations received a jolt at its final step when flight delays and poor weather conditions left the team stranded at the airport for several hours before their friendly against Jordan.

The match went ahead as planned and the Blue Tigers were dealt a 1-2 loss with Nishu Kumar scoring the consolation goal. Elsewhere, India's Group A rivals UAE and Thailand registered comfortable wins in their matches whereas Bahrain tasted defeat. 

Bahrain Myanmar

After UAE's friendly against Egypt on November 20 was cancelled, Asian Cup hosts had acted swiftly to set up a friendly match on the same day with Yemen as their opponents. Ali Salmeen and Saif Rashed scored in either half as UAE registered an easy 2-0 win over Yemen at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday. They also drew 0-0 with Bolivia on the 16th of this month.

Thailand continued their scintillating form having won their last four matches. They are currently taking part in the AFF Championship had started off the tournament with a 7-0 thrashing of Timor Leste.  

Adisak Kraisorn, Thailand, AFF Championship, 09112018

Team Thai followed it up with a 4-2 victory over Indonesia at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on November 17. Korakod Wiriyaudomsiri, Pansa Hemviboon, Adisak Kraisorn and Pokklaw Anan got on the scoresheet. It is worth noting that Kraisorn has scored 7 goals from his last two matches. 

Thailand will face the Philippines up next on Wednesday (November 21). 

Like the UAE, Bahrain also had their friendly with Kuwait cancelled due to poor weather conditions but they took on Oman on November 19 and tasted a 1-2 loss. Sami AL Husaini scored the only goal for Bahrain. They are set to face Tajikistan on December 20.