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Group A of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup took place from 5 to 14 January 2019.[1] The group consisted of tournament hosts United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India, and Bahrain.[2] The top two teams, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand, along with the third-placed team, Bahrain (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.[3]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Zone Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
April 2018[nb 1] December 2018
A1   United Arab Emirates WAFF Hosts 9 March 2015 10th 2015 (third place) Runners-up (1996) 81 79
A2   Thailand AFF Second Round Group F winners 24 March 2016 7th 2007 (group stage) Third place (1972) 122 118
A3   India SAFF Third Round Group A winners 11 October 2017 4th 2011 (group stage) Runners-up (1964) 97 97
A4   Bahrain WAFF Third Round Group E winners 14 November 2017 6th 2015 (group stage) Fourth place (2004) 116 113
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of April 2018 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United Arab Emirates (H) 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Thailand 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4[a]
3   Bahrain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4[a]
4   India 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Thailand 3, Bahrain 0.

In the round of 16:

MatchesEdit

All times listed are GST (UTC+4).

United Arab Emirates vs BahrainEdit

With six minutes played, Ali Mabkhout found Ismail Al Hammadi who fired narrowly wide of Bahrain goalkeeper Sayed Shubbar Alawi’s far post. Mabkhout shot over the bar from 15 yards after a Ali Salmeen cross on 23 minutes. In the final moments of the first half, Kamil Al Aswad's free-kick from 25 yards flashed narrowly over the bar.[4] Khalid Eisa then produced a double save to deny Bahrain in the 52nd minute by first palming away Ali Madan’s drive and blocking Mohamed Al Romaihi’s subsequent follow-up. Eight minutes after the hour mark, Bahrain failed to clear the lines at a corner and the ball was eventually deflected into the path of Mabkhout, who shot just wide of the post.[5] On 78 minutes, defender Sayed Redha Isa crossed to Al Romaihi who saw his initial header cleared off the line before ramming home the rebound. Bahrain substitute Mohamed Marhoon, who had only just come on, handled in the area on 88 minutes and Ahmed Khalil having come off the bench for his 100th cap scored the resulting penalty to ensure his side a point.[6]

United Arab Emirates  1–1  Bahrain
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United Arab Emirates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahrain
GK 17 Khalid Eisa
RB 9 Bandar Al-Ahbabi
CB 4 Khalifa Mubarak
CB 6 Fares Juma (c)
LB 18 Al Hassan Saleh
CM 21 Khalfan Mubarak   54'
CM 2 Ali Salmeen
CM 5 Amer Abdulrahman   35'   54'
RW 15 Ismail Al Hammadi
CF 7 Ali Mabkhout
LW 13 Khamis Esmaeel   36'   81'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Saif Rashid   54'
MF 16 Mohamed Abdulrahman   54'
FW 11 Ahmed Khalil   81'
Manager:
  Alberto Zaccheroni
 
GK 1 Sayed Shubbar Alawi
RB 5 Hamad Al-Shamsan
CB 16 Sayed Redha Isa
CB 3 Waleed Al Hayam
LB 12 Ahmed Juma   87'
RM 7 Abdulwahab Al-Safi (c)
CM 4 Sayed Dhiya Saeed
CM 11 Ali Madan   90+3'
LM 19 Kamil Al Aswad
CF 23 Jamal Rashid   81'
CF 13 Mohamed Al Romaihi
Substitutions:
FW 10 Abdulla Yusuf Helal   81'
MF 8 Mohamed Marhoon   87'
FW 20 Sami Al-Husaini   90+3'
Manager:
  Miroslav Soukup

Man of the Match:
Mohamed Al Romaihi (Bahrain)

Assistant referees:[7]
Ahmad Al-Roalle (Jordan)
Mohammad Al-Kalaf (Jordan)
Fourth official:
Mohammed Al-Abakry (Saudi Arabia)
Additional assistant referees:
Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)
Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

Thailand vs IndiaEdit

 
Indian players celebrating with fans after the match

Thailand threatened first with captain Teerasil Dangda finding Thitipan Puangchan who shot a 11th minute drive which sailed narrowly wide of India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s right-hand post. Ashique Kuruniyan’s shot was saved by Chatchai Budprom, only for defender Theerathon Bunmathan to concede a penalty when he handled the subsequent rebound. Sunil Chhetri converted the resulting penalty to give India the lead in the 27th minute. Thailand were, however, to draw level just six minutes later, Teerasil heading home Theerathon’s delivered set-piece. Moments after the restart, Kuruniyan and Udanta Singh combined to set up Chhetri who fired home past Chatchai from 15 yards to restore his side’s advantage.[8] In the 68th minute Udanta charged towards the goal before laying the ball back to Anirudh Thapa, who dinked the ball past both Chatchai and a recovering defender into the back of the net.[9] With time running out, Thailand rallied briefly when Teerasil saw a goal-bound effort diverted to safety via the outstretched leg of the defender Anas Edathodika. With 10 minutes remaining, substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored a curling strike from the edge of the area.[8]

This became India's biggest ever win in their Asian Cup history, while it was also India's first ever win after 55 years.[10] This hammered defeat to India prompted the FAT to sack Milovan Rajevac and appointed Sirisak Yodyardthai as interim coach.[11] Sunil Chhetri passed beyond Lionel Messi to become the second-best scoring players still in active, behind Cristiano Ronaldo.[12]

Thailand  1–4  India
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Thailand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
India
GK 1 Chatchai Budprom
RB 19 Tristan Do
CB 4 Chalermpong Kerdkaew
CB 6 Pansa Hemviboon   79'
LB 3 Theerathon Bunmathan
CM 8 Thitipan Puangchan
CM 14 Sanrawat Dechmitr   39'   58'
RW 9 Adisak Kraisorn   79'
AM 18 Chanathip Songkrasin   73'
LW 22 Supachai Jaided
CF 10 Teerasil Dangda (c)
Substitutions:
DF 11 Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri   58'
FW 20 Siroch Chatthong   73'
MF 7 Sumanya Purisai   79'
Manager:
  Milovan Rajevac
 
GK 1 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (c)
RB 20 Pritam Kotal
CB 5 Sandesh Jhingan
CB 3 Subhasish Bose
LB 22 Anas Edathodika
RM 15 Udanta Singh
CM 7 Anirudh Thapa   78'
CM 14 Pronay Halder   87'
LM 19 Halicharan Narzary
CF 13 Ashique Kuruniyan   78'
CF 11 Sunil Chhetri
Substitutions:
FW 12 Jeje Lalpekhlua   78'
MF 17 Rowllin Borges   78'
MF 6 Germanpreet Singh   87'
Manager:
  Stephen Constantine

Man of the Match:
Sunil Chhetri (India)

Assistant referees:[7]
Huo Weiming (China PR)
Cao Yi (China PR)
Fourth official:
Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (Singapore)
Additional assistant referees:
Ma Ning (China PR)
Fu Ming (China PR)

Bahrain vs ThailandEdit

Thailand came close in the 20th minute when captain Teerasil Dangda’s effort was blocked by Bahrain goalkeeper Sayed Shubbar Alawi. Bahrain had their chances too as they kept Thai goalkeeper Siwarak Tedsungnoen busy, with the custodian pulling off a double-save against Mohamed Marhoon and Sayed Dhiya Saeed in the 28th minute. Bahrain had a glimpse at goal four minutes from the end of the half with Marhoon sending in a cross but Mohamed Al Romaihi failed to keep his header down. In the 58th minute Tristan Do launched a cross into the Bahrain penalty box. The ball was deflected by Ahmed Juma but a surging Chanathip Songkrasin sent a left-footed shot past Alawi to give Thailand the advantage. Thailand came close to doubling their lead when Chanathip's pass found Adisak Kraisorn but his effort was denied by the upright in the 71st minute.[13]

Bahrain  0–1  Thailand
Report
Attendance: 2,720
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahrain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thailand
GK 1 Sayed Shubbar Alawi
RB 16 Sayed Redha Isa
CB 5 Hamad Al-Shamsan
CB 3 Waleed Al Hayam
LB 12 Ahmed Juma   64'
CM 7 Abdulwahab Al-Safi (c)
CM 19 Kamil Al Aswad
RW 11 Ali Madan   79'
AM 8 Mohamed Marhoon   65'
LW 4 Sayed Dhiya Saeed
CF 13 Mohamed Al Romaihi
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sami Al-Husaini   64'
FW 10 Abdulla Yusuf Helal   65'
FW 9 Mahdi Al-Humaidan   79'
Manager:
  Miroslav Soukup
 
GK 23 Siwarak Tedsungnoen
CB 5 Adisorn Promrak   45+1'   90+2'
CB 6 Pansa Hemviboon   13'
CB 15 Suphan Thongsong   20'
RWB 19 Tristan Do
LWB 3 Theerathon Bunmathan
RM 9 Adisak Kraisorn   43'   80'
CM 8 Thitipan Puangchan
CM 17 Tanaboon Kesarat   68'
LM 18 Chanathip Songkrasin
CF 10 Teerasil Dangda (c)
Substitutions:
MF 14 Sanrawat Dechmitr   68'
FW 22 Supachai Jaided   80'
DF 16 Mika Chunuonsee   90+2'
Manager:
Sirisak Yodyardthai

Man of the Match:
Chanathip Songkrasin (Thailand)

Assistant referees:[14]
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Anton Shchetinin (Australia)
Fourth official:
Sergei Grishchenko (Kyrgyzstan)
Additional assistant referees:
Peter Green (Australia)
Ryuji Sato (Japan)

India vs United Arab EmiratesEdit

India had the game’s first chance when Ashique Kuruniyan darted into the area before unleashing a drive which forced goalkeeper Khalid Eisa into a fine save on 11 minutes. Eisa was called into action once again in the 23rd minute, this time reacting to repel a Sunil Chhetri header.[15] Five minutes before half-time, Anas Edathodika made a mess of it and allowed Ali Mabkhout to set up Khalfan Mubarak to fire home past Indian custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.[16] In the final moments of the first period, Chhetri came within inches of drawing his side level, but his effort fizzed just wide of Eisa’s far post. After the break, India substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua thumped a shot narrowly off target and then Udanta Singh rattled the UAE bar with a drive from a narrow angle. Ismail Al Hammadi’s 74th minute shot cannoned of a post and then Sandhu before rebounding to safety. The UAE duly doubled their advantage in the final moments when Mabkhout converted Ali Salmeen’s pass to assure his side of the victory despite Mohamed Ahmed crashing the ball against his own woodwork deep into stoppage time.[15]

India  0–2  United Arab Emirates
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India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Arab Emirates
GK 1 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
RB 20 Pritam Kotal
CB 5 Sandesh Jhingan
CB 22 Anas Edathodika
LB 3 Subhasish Bose   73'
RM 15 Udanta Singh   79'
CM 7 Anirudh Thapa   70'
CM 14 Pronay Halder
LM 19 Halicharan Narzary   46'
CF 13 Ashique Kuruniyan   51'
CF 11 Sunil Chhetri (c)
Substitutions:
FW 12 Jeje Lalpekhlua   46'
MF 17 Rowllin Borges   70'
MF 18 Jackichand Singh   79'
Manager:
  Stephen Constantine
 
GK 17 Khalid Eisa
RB 9 Bandar Al-Ahbabi
CB 4 Khalifa Mubarak
CB 19 Ismail Ahmed
LB 18 Al Hassan Saleh
RM 13 Khamis Esmaeel   63'
CM 2 Ali Salmeen
CM 5 Amer Abdulrahman   75'
LM 15 Ismail Al Hammadi (c)
AM 21 Khalfan Mubarak   85'
CF 7 Ali Mabkhout
Substitutions:
MF 8 Majed Hassan   63'
DF 23 Mohamed Ahmed   75'
FW 10 Ismail Matar   85'
Manager:
  Alberto Zaccheroni

Man of the Match:
Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates)

Assistant referees:[14]
Miguel Hernández (Mexico)
Alberto Morín (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Rashid Al-Ghaithi (Oman)
Additional assistant referees:
Jumpei Iida (Japan)
Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

United Arab Emirates vs ThailandEdit

Hosts the United Arab Emirates and Thailand both booked their places in the knockout stage as a 1–1 draw at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium was enough to ensure both nations progressed. Ali Mabkhout put Alberto Zaccheroni’s side ahead after seven minutes but Thitiphan Puangjan struck four minutes from time to earn the Thais a point that sees them take second place in Group A, following India’s late loss to Bahrain, thanks to a better head-to-head record. The hosts made the perfect start when, with many in the crowd of almost 18,000 still finding their seats, they hit the back of Siwarak Tedsungnoen’s goal.

Ismail Al Hammadi burst into the area and attempted to clip the ball over the Thai keeper, only for the ball to come back off the crossbar. But Mabkhout rose to head home the rebound from inside the six-yard box. Khalfan Mubarak sought to double the lead 11 minutes later when he twisted his way past the Thai defence only to send a weak shot trundling through to Siwarak.

While the UAE have qualified for the knockout phase for the second tournament in a row, Thailand will be featuring in the next round for the first time since reaching the semi-finals in 1972.[17]

United Arab Emirates  1–1  Thailand
Report
Attendance: 17,809
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United Arab Emirates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thailand
GK 17 Khalid Eisa
CB 19 Ismail Ahmed
CB 4 Khalifa Mubarak
CB 23 Mohamed Ahmed
RWB 9 Bandar Al-Ahbabi   46'
LWB 18 Al Hassan Saleh   34'
RM 21 Khalfan Mubarak   84'
CM 8 Majed Hassan
CM 2 Ali Salmeen
LM 15 Ismail Al Hammadi (c)   74'
CF 7 Ali Mabkhout
Substitutions:
MF 16 Mohamed Abdulrahman   46'
FW 11 Ahmed Khalil   74'
FW 10 Ismail Matar   84'
Manager:
  Alberto Zaccheroni
 
GK 23 Siwarak Tedsungnoen
RB 3 Theerathon Bunmathan
CB 5 Adisorn Promrak   7'
CB 15 Suphan Thongsong   79'
LB 16 Mika Chunuonsee   31'
RM 19 Tristan Do
CM 8 Thitipan Puangchan
CM 17 Tanaboon Kesarat   90'
LM 18 Chanathip Songkrasin
CF 9 Adisak Kraisorn   64'
CF 10 Teerasil Dangda (c)
Substitutions:
DF 4 Chalermpong Kerdkaew   31'
FW 22 Supachai Jaided   64'
MF 21 Pokklaw Anan   90'
Manager:
Sirisak Yodyardthai

Man of the Match:
Ali Mabkhout (United Arab Emirates)

Assistant referees:[18]
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)
Jun Mihara (Japan)
Fourth official:
Mohd Yusri Muhamad (Malaysia)
Additional assistant referees:
Jumpei Iida (Japan)
Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

India vs BahrainEdit

Jamal Rashid's penalty in added time secured Bahrain a 1–0 win over India, taking them into the knockout stage for the first time since 2004 edition. With United Arab Emirates and Thailand playing to a 1–1 draw, Bahrain finished third in Group A with their haul of four points confirming them as one of the best four third-placed teams who will advance to the Round of 16.

India suffered early problems at the back when Anas Edathodika was forced off with an injury in the fourth minute and was replaced with Salam Ranjan Singh. Bahrain then applied pressure on the Blue Tigers’ defence as goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was called into action three minutes later when he saved Sayed Dhiya Saeed’s left footed shot from outside the box. India were able to calm their nerves and responded in the 20th minute with Sunil Chhetri coming close to scoring for Stephen Constantine’s side but the striker failed to steer Gurpreet Singh's long pass home. Jamal Rashid and Sayed Dhiya Saeed both failed to find the mark with long-range efforts.[19]

India  0–1  Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 11,417
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bahrain
GK 1 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
RB 20 Pritam Kotal
CB 5 Sandesh Jhingan
CB 22 Anas Edathodika   4'
LB 3 Subhasish Bose
RM 15 Udanta Singh
CM 17 Rowllin Borges
CM 14 Pronay Halder (c)
LM 19 Halicharan Narzary   79'
CF 13 Ashique Kuruniyan   46'
CF 11 Sunil Chhetri
Substitutions:
DF 2 Salam Ranjan Singh   4'
FW 12 Jeje Lalpekhlua   46'
MF 7 Anirudh Thapa   79'
Manager:
  Stephen Constantine
 
GK 1 Sayed Shubbar Alawi
RB 16 Sayed Redha Isa
CB 5 Hamad Al-Shamsan   64'
CB 3 Waleed Al Hayam
LB 12 Ahmed Juma   78'
CM 7 Abdulwahab Al-Safi (c)
CM 19 Kamil Al Aswad
RW 11 Ali Madan   55'
AM 23 Jamal Rashid
LW 4 Sayed Dhiya Saeed
CF 13 Mohamed Al Romaihi   61'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Mohamed Marhoon   55'
FW 10 Abdulla Yusuf Helal   61'
FW 20 Sami Al-Husaini   78'
DF 17 Ahmed Bughammar[note 1]   90+5'
Manager:
  Miroslav Soukup

Man of the Match:
Jamal Rashid (Bahrain)

Assistant referees:[18]
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Sergei Grishchenko (Kyrgyzstan)
Fourth official:
Ronnie Koh Min Kiat (Singapore)
Additional assistant referees:
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Valentin Kovalenko (Uzbekistan)

DisciplineEdit

Fair play points will be used as tiebreakers if the head-to-head and overall records of teams are tied (and if the penalty shoot-out is not applicable as a tiebreaker). These are calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[3][20]

  • yellow card = 1 point
  • red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points
  • direct red card = 3 points
  • yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points

Only one of the above deductions will be applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
                                   
  Bahrain 2 −2
  India 2 −2
  United Arab Emirates 2 1 −3
  Thailand 2 4 2 −8

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bughammar was booked on the substitutes' bench, despite not playing any part in the match.

ReferencesEdit

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