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2019 AFC Asian Cup Rival Watch - UAE lose to Venezuela, Thailand and Bahrain win

10:14 AM GMT+8 17/10/2018
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Jordan, who India play in a friendly in November, lost to World Cup runners-up Croatia in their European tour...

In the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 that will be held in UAE in January, India's Group A rivals - UAE, Bahrain and Thailand - have been in action in the latest international break.

We also look at what Jordan have been up to as the middle-eastern country hosts India in the subsequent international window, in November.


After earning a 1-1 draw with Honduras last week, UAE went down to another Latin American side, Venezuela 2-0 at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Stadium in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Alberto Zaccheroni persisted with a 4-3-3 formation but Luis Mago's first-minute strike from Romulo Otero's through ball put The Whites on the backfoot from the get-go.

Omar Abdulrahman scuffed the chance to put his side level when he failed to convert a penalty in the 40th minute.

Andres Ponce's brilliance led to the winner, two minutes after the restart. The Anzhi Makhachkala forward slipped through the two central defenders and slammed home past a hapless Ali Khaseif.

Ahmed Rabia's introduction for Ismaeil Matar around the hour mark did not reap any benefits for the Arab nation as they rounded off their Spanish tour with a defeat.

The Asian Cup hosts have already held camps in Austria and Spain in August and September respectively earlier while they will have two more camps scheduled in November and December back home as well.


Veteran goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool's swansong in national colours ended in a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Suphanburi on Sunday. This came after they had pipped Hong Kong away by the same margin two days earlier.

Milovan Rajevac named all his star players in the lineup - Theerathon Bunmathan, Teerasil Dangda and Chanathip Songkrasin - all of whom ply their trade in Japan. However, the goal came from Thitipan Puangchan in the 64th minute.

Sumanya Purisai set up the Bangkok Glass midfielder who beat Marvin Philip in goal, who had earlier saved a brilliant attempt from Adisak Kraisorn in the first half.

The War Elephants also announced their squad for their defence of the AFF (ASEAN) Championship. The 27-member squad does not include any of their J-League based players as the 2018 edition of the regional tournament will take place between 8 November to 15 December, giving a chance for Thailand to fine-tune their preparations for the Asian Cup. 

Goalkeepers Chatchai Budprom (Chiangrai United), Siwarak Tedsungnoen (Buriram United), Kwanchai Suklom (Buriram United), Saranon Anuin (Chiangrai United)
Defenders Korrakot Wiriyaudommsiri (Buriram United), Pansa Hemviboon (Buriram United), Manuel Tom Bihr (Bangkok United), Mika Chunuonsee (Bangkok United), Kevin Deeromram (Port FC), Suphan Thongsong (Suphanburi FC), Chalermpong Kerdkaew (Nakhon Ratchasima FC), Marco Ballini (Chainat Hornbill), Philip Roller (Ratchaburi)
Midfielders Mongkol Tossakrai (Police TERO FC), Thitipan Puangchan (Bangkok Glass FC), Tanaboon Kesarat (Bangkok Glass FC), Sasalak Haiprakhin (Buriram United), Rattanakorn Maikami (Buriram United), Anon Amornlerdsak (Buriram United), Poklaw Anan (Bangkok United), Sumanya Purisai (Bangkok United), Sanrawat Dechmitr (Bangkok United), Pakorn Prempak (Port FC), Nurul Sriyankem (Port FC)
Forwards Supachai Jaided (Buriram United), Adisak Kraison (Muangthong United), Chananan Pombuppha (Suphanburi FC)


After three straight games without a win, Bahrain capped off their international window with a 4-1 thumping of Myanmar at home. The tie was originally supposed to feature Palestine but the fixture stood cancelled.

Jamal Rashid opened the scoring right before the break as he converted a penalty he originally won. Three minutes after the change of ends, Mohammed Jassim Marhoun made it 2-0 but Kyaw Zin Lwin halved the lead in the 52nd minute.

The 20-year old Marhoun completed his brace soon after with Sayed Reza Issa providing the perfect cross for his header. Issa then chipped in with the last goal of the night just two minutes after his assist.


Jordan are in Group B in the Asian Cup, where they face Australia, Syria and Palestine. In their latest travails to gear up for the continental tournament, Belgian head coach Vital Borkelmans took his team to a tour of the Balkan States.

First, they played out a goalless stalemate in Albania and then travelled to Rijeka to play the 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia, fresh from their own goalless draw against England in the UEFA Nations League at the same venue.

Jordan did not have to face the wrath of Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić and Ivan Rakitić, who were released from the national camp and Mateo Kovačić, out with an injury. However, Zlatko Dalić did have Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren play from the beginning.

Stand-in-skipper Domagoj Vida opened the scoring from a corner in the 24th minute. Marko Rog turned creator again as Matej Mitrović headed in from the Napoli midfielder's free-kick.

Baha' Faisal did manage to score, pulling one back when a free-kick from just outside the box was deflected in past custodian Dominik Livaković. Both sides failed to breach other's goal from open play as the game ended 2-1 in favour of the hosts, ranked 106 places above Jordan (110th).

They will next host India at home on 17 November.