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JORDON Challenge for India U-23 Men tomorrow 21.09.2014: Still healing from the ignominy of a 5-0 defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their Incheon Asian Games opener, the Indian U-23 National Team will look to give a much better account of themselves when they play Jordan on Monday (September 22, 2014).

It was an one-sided encounter against UAE in the first game as India meekly went down to last Games’ Bronze Medallists 0-5 drawing flak from different quarters.India now have to win against Jordan – whom they play for the first time in any age group – to stand any chance of last 16 berth.

The onus will again be on Captain Sunil Chhetri to deliver the goods as he has been doing relentlessly in the preparation matches ahead of the Games. Wim Koevermans' boys will also have to sharp at the back and not let their plucky opponents catch them cold on the break, which has led to their doom against UAE.


UAE Challenge for India U-23 Men tomorrow

14.09.2014: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India U-23 Men's Football Team will begin their campaign in the Incheon Asian Games when they take on last edition's Silver Medalists United Arab Emirates in a Group G match at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Main Stadium on Monday (September 15). The kick-off is at IST 1.30pm.

Despite UAE ranked much higher than India on 65 in the FIFA Rankings in comparison to India's 150, the Men in Blue will take inspiration from the last two matches played between the two Teams, both of which ended in draws.

In the AFC 22 Qualifiers in Muscat in 2012, UAE had managed to hold India 1-1, a match which a dominating India should have won convincingly had they been able to convert on the chances created on that day. Besides, in 2011 in the World Cup Qualifiers in New Delhi, goals from Gouramangi Singh and Jeje Lalpekhlua had earned India a 2-2 draw at the Ambedkar Stadium.

The Indian Team have prepared long for the Competition with the first Preparatory Camp in Bangalore kicking-off on July 1, 2014. Thereafter, there have been exposure Tours to Czech Republic and China respectively besides a Friendly Series with Pakistan involving two matches. So far, the two Teams have played 11 Matches between themselves with India having won only two while UAE have won 8.

India's first victory came in the first-ever meeting between the two Teams in the 1981 Merdeka Championship when Harjinder Singh and Xavier Pius scored one each as India won 2-0, while the second victory came in 2001 in the Pre-World Cup Qualifiers in Bangalore when Jules Alberto made the difference between the two Teams. Despite the loss, UAE had qualified for the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.


AIFF has arranged for two exposure Tours to Czech Republic and China for India U23 Team

17.07.2014 : KFC. | www.kolkatafootball.com

AIFF official Press Release : India's participation in the forthcoming Incheon Asian Games, All India Football Federation has arranged for two exposure Tours to Czech Republic and China respectively for the Indian Men's U-23 Team. The squad of 30 is presently training in Bangalore under National Coach Wim Koevermans in the Camp which kicked-off on July 1.

A 25-member squad will be leaving for a Tour to Czech Republic on July 21 and returning back on August 8. The Indian squad will play three matches during the period against three different Clubs - Senco Doubravka, FK Most and TJ Domazlice. The Team will be based in Pilsen. Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation felt the Tours will help the Team prepare better for the Games.

"All India Football Federation believes in providing the best of facilities to all Teams and hence, we have organised for back-to-back Exposure Tours for the India's Asian Games squad for them to prepare in the best possible fashion," he told www.the-aiff.com. National Coach Wim Koevermans stated it was important the boys "adapt playing against different styles. The boys need to play against different styles, learn about strong opposition and build on from there," he maintained.

Besides the exposure Tour to Czech Republic, the squad will also be travelling to China for another exposure Tour from August 25-September 8 form where the squad will be leaving directly for Korea. The Indian squad will be playing two matches in China, against Shanghai FC and JiangSu.

Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and Francis Fernandes are the three Senior Players who have been named in the squad. The rest of the squad comprise of U-23 Players.

The 30-member squad presently training in the Camp in Bangalore is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS : Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh.

DEFENDERS : Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Deepak Devrani, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Sanjay Balmuchu, Salam Singh, Narayan Das, Shouvik Ghosh.

MIDFIELDERS : Pronoy Halder, Rowlin Borges, Clifton Dias, Alwyn George, Siam Hangal, Lalrindika Ralte, Dhanpal Ganesh, Milan Singh.

FORWRADS : Francis Fernandes (Senior Player), Romeo Fernandez, Seiminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri (Senior Player), Robin Singh (Senior Player), Haokip Thongkoshim, Alesh Sawant, Mandar Rao Desai.


3 opponents team of India U 23 Czech Senco Doubravka, FK Most and TJ Domazlice

17.07.2014 : www.kolkatafootball.com

 India U-23 Team Friendly match 2014

SK Senco Doubravka : It is a football club located in Pilsen, Czech Republic founded in the year 1921. The club plays in the Czech Fourth Division as of the 2012-13 season. The club was relegated from Divize A in the Czech Fourth Division at the end of the 2010-11 season, but won promotion back to the same division the following season.Their home ground venue is Sportovni areal v Chrastecke ulice. On 19th june 2013 the team lost 0-8 to Victoria Plazen in a friendly match.

FK Most - Full name Sportovni klub Most. It is a Czech football club based in the city of Most, approximately 75 kilometres north-west of Prague. The club played Gambrinus liga in the 2005-06. The club's home stadium is Fotbalovy stadion Josefa Masopusta, which was built in 1961. The team is playing Czech Football League 2nd Tire and stood 12th position in 2013-14 season. The team currently known as FK Banik Most 1909. Fk Most won the Divn 2 in the year 2004-05 and From 2005-06 to 2007-2008 the team played 1st Division but step down to 2nd Divn League on 2008-09 as ranked 16th in 2007-08 season in 1st Divn League.

TJ Jiskra Domazlice - It is a Czech football club located in Domazlice founded in the year 1908. I'ss a Czech football club from the western Bohemian city Domaalice. It currently plays in the Bohemian Football League. The team have theor own Stadium Stadion Strelnice with a capasity of 3500. The team won Divize A, part of the Czech Fourth Division in the 2010-11 season. In the season 2006/2007 Sparks team won the regional championship table PK, and after 35 years again advanced to the division, the fourth highest republican competition. After three years of performing in the division managed to spark another procedure, when this year's competition in 2010/2011 won and advanced to the third highest in the republic competition - Czech Football League.

In 2012-13 the team stood 4th place in Czech Football League 3rd Div. On 21st June 2014 the team lost to Victoria Plazen by 1-8 margin in a friendly match.


3rd Practice Match - INDIA U-23
03.08.2014: INDIA U-23 ( 1-3 ) TJ Jiskra Domazlice
TJD : Hrdlicka 6', Bauer 33', Tuma 64'
IND : Sunil 88'
INDIA U-23: Ravi Kumar, Narayan Das, Salam Ranjan Singh (Sandesh Jhinghan – 45th), Shankar Sampingiraj, Keenan Almeida (Pritam Kotal – 45th), Milan Singh (Pronay Halder – 45th), Dhanpal Ganesh (Lalrindika Ralte – 45th), Mandar Rao Desai (Clifton Dias – 65th), Alwyn George (Sunil Chhetri – 45th), Semilen Doungel (Francis Fernanades – 45th), Haokip Thongkoshim (Robin Singh – 60th)

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India lost 3-1 to third division Czech side TJ Doma˛lice in their final practice match at the Domazlice Stadium in Czech Republic on Sunday (August 3, 2014). Goals either side of the half from striker Hrdlicka, and defenders Bauer and Tuma helped the Czech outfit script a convincing win over the visitors.

Birthday boy Sunil Chhetri came off the bench to pull one back in the dying minutes of the match to take his tally to three goals in as many matches, scoring a brace in the previous match against FK Manik Most. India wasted three good chances to get the game on track in the final minutes of the match with substitutes Francis Fernandes, Clifton Dias and Robin Singh all spurning gilt edged chances in three back-to-back minutes.

A penalty claim was also turned down in added time when Tuma clambered all over Sunil's back to bring him down. To start off, National Coach Wim Koevermans made as many as nine changes from the last match with only right winger Mandar Rao Desai and left back Narayan Das keeping their places.

The match started at a good pace with both sides on the offensive from the off. But the hosts looked the more convincing of the two in the opening exchanges. It took them just six minutes to get their noses in front when a mistake by centre back Salam Ranjan Singh who misjudged a clearance was punished by a lurking No 9 Hrdlicka.

India had a great chance to draw level moments later but a late Alwyn George failed to connect on a good looking through pass from Haokip Thongkoshim. India toiled hard from then on with midfielders Milan Singh and Dhanpal Ganesh spraying passes across the sunbathed Domizlice Stadium.

Milan chanced his luck with a well struck 30 yard long ranger that went just wide of target. Defender Bauer made it 2-0, once again asserting the hosts' dominance over the visitors in the first period. The tall stopper back leapt highest to head home from a corner. India went into the break 2-0 down.

Koevermans made as many as six changes prior to the restart. Sandesh Jhinghan came on for Salam, Keenan made way for Pritam Kotal, Dika was brought in for Ganesh, Milan made way for Pronay Halder, Francis replaced Seminlen Doungel and birthday boy Sunil Chhetri came in for Haokip.

India looked much better in the second half seeing more of the ball and also creating better looking opportunities with rather alarming frequency for their counterparts. Koevermans brought in Robin to negate the height difference up front but it was not going to be that easy with the average height of the team above six feet.

The Bohemian League residents chalked up their third and again from a flag kick. Failing to defend another set piece, the new look India back line were made to rue their naivety as stopper back Tuma joined his defensive partner in the goalscoring charts with a similar nod at the far post.

Down by three goals, India showed great verve and character to not let their shoulders droop and flooded the rival citadel with a flurry of attacks late on. Three clear cut chances went begging as Francis, Clifton and Robin missed.

But as it happens more often than not, it was regular captain Sunil Chhetri who lifted the gloom a little bit by neatly tapping in a rebound after substitute Lalrindika Ralte took a good corner with the clock showing two minutes to full time.


31.07.2014 : PRACTICE MATCH :India U23 2-2 India: Sunil 47', 88'
FKM : Smok 49', Conka 63'
India: Amrinder, Pritam, Sandesh (Shankar 58th), Joyner, Narayan, Pronay, Lalrindika, Fransisco, Sunil, Mandar Rao, Robin.

AIFF MEDEA RELEASE : A defiant India rode on Captain Sunil Chhetri's second half brace to draw level in a rip roaring practice match against FK Banik Most in Most, Czech Republic on Thursday (July 31, 2014). After a barren first half, India surged ahead almost immediately after the restart with Sunil dribbling past two defenders before rounding off goalkeeper Sila to score. But the hosts leveled two minutes later with their super sub Smok making the most of some shambolic defending at the back.

FK Most took the lead through their captain Conka but some late drama and a spirited fightback by India where they missed some six clear cut chances saw Sunil pulling one back after some great play in the middle and a slick dummy by No 9 Robin Singh. The India U-23 Team presently preparing for the forthcoming Incheon Asian Games are on an exposure Tour to Czech Republic. The men in blue play third division team TJ Domazlice on Sunday (August 3, 2014).

The match started at a good pace with both the teams playing attacking football. It was as early as the third minute when the hosts won a corner which was in the end harmless sailing across the face of goal. India looked to profit from some good combination play in the middle of the park with newly paired Lalrindika Ralte and Pronay Halder gelling well and Captain Sunil coming down to help work out some good moves.

The match was a seesaw battle as the hosts first tried to get the game by the scruff of the collar with a flurry of attacks but Amrinder was a rock under the bar pulling off a string of wonderful saves. As the clock neared halftime the affair shifted balance as the visitors pressed the accelerator. The best chance of the half fell to Mandar who after being put through beautifully by Sunil dragged his effort wide from a one on one situation.

It was India who looked the more threatening to take the lead as the half closed with Francis Fernandes and Robin Singh combing menacingly well down the left channel. Robin even had a half chance which he couldn’t make the best of. In the middle, Lalrindika was pulling the strings to perfection. The second half started at a brisk pace like the first with the only exception of goals. Sunil scored within two minutes of the restart dribbling past two defenders and rounding off the keeper to drill home a fine solo effort.

But joy for the men in blue was very shortlived as the hosts pegged one back two minutes later with their substitute No 10 striker making the most of some porous defending by the hosts. Spurred by the immediate response the Czech team pushed for another and were rewarded three minutes into the hour mark. Captain Conka made amends for his rashness in the first half with a neat finish from close.

But India refused to give up. Sunil, Lalrindika missed good chances as the hosts sat back and protected their lead.,With the match in the dying minutes, their resolute was finally breached as Sunil scored his second. A wonderful move down the middle resulted in Robin dummying expertly for the India captain who prodded home with relative ease from six yards.


27.07.2014: MATCH 1 : India U-23 0-1 Senco Doubravka (Pilsen - FT)
INDIA : Amrinder, Pritam (Keenan – 75th), Joyner (Shankar – 75th), Sandesh (Salam – 46th), Narayan, Milan (Dika – 46th), Rowlin (Pronay – 46th), Mandar Rao (Clifton – 87th), Francis (Seiminlen 86th), Sunil (Alwyn – 65th), Robin (Haokip – 46th)

Senco Doubravka: Kutak 85'

AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : India U-23 National Team went down by a solitary goal in a Friendly match against Czech Club Senco Doubravka in Pilsen. Senco Doubravka, founded in 1921 have been playing in the 4th League since 2001 and ended up in the 5th position of the 4th League last season. Striker Kutak scored the winner for the Czech Club in the 85th minute.

The India U-23 Team presently preparing for the forthcoming Incheon Asian Games are on an exposure Tour to Czech Republic. Striker Robin Singh should have put India ahead in the 17th minute but he muffed up as he failed to put it past rival Goalkeeper Turek from a one-to-one situation. The rest of the play in the first half was restricted to midfield as both Teams went into resumption without scoring.

Aiming to try out more Players, National Coach Wim Koevermans brought in four changes immediately after resumption. While Salam Singh replaced Sandesh Jhingan, Lalrindika Ralte came in for Milan Singh, Pronay Halder replaced Rowlin Borges while upfront, Haokip came in for Robin.The changes almost seemed to pay off as Lalrindika muffed two back to back sitters from close.

Thereafter, it stayed a story of missed chances for India with substitute Alwyn George failing to tap it from close in the 80th minute and then Mandar Rao Desai hitting the upright in the 86th. On the contrary, Kutak sealed the fate for his Team in the 85th minute.


29.08.2014: India 3-0 Jiangsu Sainty
IND : (Sunil Chhetri 28', Robin Singh 65', Alwyn George 90')

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : 29.08.2014 : The Asian Games bound India U-23 National Team started their China Exposure Tour on a high with a convincing 3-0 win over Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty at the Century Park in Shanghai on Friday (August 29, 2014). Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh and substitute Alwyn George were on target either side of halftime for the men in blue who prior to this tour drew a Friendly Series against Pakistan 1-1.

One time runners up Jiangsu are currently placed seventh in the Chinese Super League table having garnered 31 points from 21 matches so far. They fielded their second string side in this match. India started the match brightly winning three corners in the space of the first twenty minutes. But all three takes from Dempo's Mandar Rao Desai failed to cause enough flutters in opposition ranks.

But that was not to be so for long. A free kick from 25 yards was craftily swerved in at the far post by Sunil with the match only 28 minutes old. Soon after the Captain had another glorious chance to double his lead from the penalty spot after Robin was brought down inside the 18-yard box. But the AIFF Player of the Year's take was saved by keeper.

In between Robin couldn't quite pull the trigger from a one on one situation also failing to keep the ball on target on the rebound. But the tall Bengaluru FC No 9 made amends on the other side of the half when he leaped highest to powerfully head the ball into the back of the net from Mandar's perfectly weighed left-wing cross.

In the dying minutes, Mandar was in the thick of things again, this time laying the ball for Dempo man Alwyn who crowned India's day in office with a delicate back heel poke from close. India next play another side from the Super League, Shanghai East India on September 6.

INDIA: Amrinder Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Joyner Lourenco, Narayan Das, Siam Hanghal (Lalrindika Ralte – 89th), Pronay Halder, Francis Fernandes, Mandar Rao Desai, Sunil Chhetri (captain), Robin Singh (Alwyn George – 70th).


06.09.2014: India 2-0 Shanghai East Asia
IND : Mandar Rao Desai 44', Sunil Chhetri 81'
INDIA: Amrinder Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Joyner Lourenco, Narayan Das, Siam Hanghal, Pronay Halder, Francis Fernandes (Seminlen Doungel 75th), Mandar Rao Desai (Clifton Dias – 75th), Sunil Chhetri (captain), Robin Singh.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Dominant India U-23 National Team built on their impressive first match showing against Jiangsu Sainty with yet another clinical display to oust Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia in their own backyard here in Shanghai on Saturday (September 6, 2014). Young Dempo forward Mandar Rao Desai and captain Sunil Chhetri scored either side of halftime to ensure India finished their China tour with an all win record.

India could have scored more had substitute Seminlen Doungel's shot not come of the crosspiece. Shanghai East Asia are currently placed fourth in the Chinese Super League points table with 41 points from 23 outings. India enjoyed ball possession in the early exchanges as the battle was mostly concentrated in the middle of the park.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, promising Bengaluru FC midfielder Siam Hanghal and Mandar combined well in the midfield stitching good passes to Robin Singh up front. One such move was squandered by Robin from close. Soon after centre back Sandesh Jhinghan side netted a corner from a good angle. India though were rewarded for their efforts in the dying minutes of the half, when Mandar ghosted behind the opponents backline to latch on to a neat pass from Sunil. The Dempo lad then placed his shot perfectly to beat the keeper at his first post.

India doubled their advantage in the second half, this time Sunil getting on the end of a wonderful move involving his Bengaluru FC compatriots Siam and Robin. The India and Bengaluru FC captain struck low to the keeper's left after Siam put Robin through with a measured pass which the tall striker laid on for Sunil.

It could have been 3-0 in favour of the visitors had Sunil not missed a gilt edged chance in the dying minutes of the match after some great work by substitute Seminlen Doungel to tee up the AIFF Player of the Year. In goal Amrinder Singh was brilliant keeping a deserving clean sheet, his second in as many games on the Tour.


Group G

  Team 	        Pld 	W	D	L	GF	GA	GD	Pts
  UAE           1 	1 	0 	0 	5 	0 	+5 	3
  Jordan 	1 	1 	0 	0 	2 	0 	+2 	3
  India 	2 	0 	0 	2 	0 	7 	-7 	0

September 18, 2014 : Jordan 2-0 UAE September 22, 2014 : India VS Jordan



09.09.2014: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Asian Games bound India Men's and Women's Football contingents, presently in Shanghai, China on Tuesday (September 9) got the all important go ahead from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs who cleared the Team at no cost to All India Football Federation.

Meanwhile, the final list of Players who would be boarding the flight to Incheon have also been named by both Men's and Women's coaches Wim Koevermans and Tarun Roy respectively. Dempo’s Alwyn George, Pune FC duo Salam Ranjan Singh and Dhanpal Ganesh; and Sporting Clube De Goa's Rowlin Borges failed to make the cut for the Asian Games for the U-23 India Men’s side.

On the other hand, Supriya Routray, Indumathi, Jyoti Ann Burrett and Rinaroy Devi won't be travelling to Incheon along with the Indian Women's squad.Clubbed with Group A alongside hosts South Korea, Maldives and Thailand, the Indian Women play their first Group League match against Maldives on September 14. The other matches are against South Korea on September 17 and Thailand on September 19.

The U-23 Men on the other hand have take on the might of last Games' silver medalists United Arab Emirates in their first Group League match on September 15 while their last match in the Group is against Jordan on September 22.

The 20-member squad announced by national coach Wim Koevermans is as follows:

Goalkeepers : Amrinder Singh (Pune FC), Ravi Kumar, Kamaljit Singh.
Defenders : Pritam Kotal, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Shankar Sampingiraj, Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das.
Midfielders : Pronoy Halder, Clifton Dias, Siam Hangal, Lalrindika Ralte, Milan Singh.
Forwards : Francis Fernandes, Seiminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Thongkhosiem Haokip (Pune FC), Mandar Rao Desai.

The 18-member Women's National Team Squad:

GOALKEEPERS : Okram Roshni Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Pushpa Tirkey
DEFENDERS : Ashem Romi Devi, Ashalata Devi, Tuli Goon, Radharani Devi, Suprava Samal, Upamati Devi
MIDFIELDERS : Premi Devi, Amoolya Kamal, Mandakini Devi, Oinam Bembem Devi, Kamala Devi.
FORWARDS : Sasmita Malik, Prameshwori Devi, Dangmei Grace, Bala Devi

India Men's Asian Games team lost 0-2 to Jordon.

22.09.14: INDIA ( 0-2 ) JORDON (FT..)
INDIA XI: Amrinder Singh, Pritam Kotal, Joyner Lourenco, Sandesh Jhinghan, Narayan Das, Siam Hanghal (Milan Singh 75'), Lalrindika Ralte, Francis Fernandes, Seminlen Doungel, Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh.
JOR : Albashtawi 17', Thalji 68'

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India U-23 Men's campaign in the Incheon Asian Games ended as they went down 0-2 to a superior Jordan side in the final Group G encounter at the Munhak Stadium in Incheon on Monday (September 22, 2014). India had earlier lost their opening encounter against United Arab Emirates (UAE) 0-5. Jordan who had fielded their U-21 side in the Competition rode on goals from Albashtawi Subhi Drzi and Thalji Yousef to seal the issue.

The twice Asian Games gold medallists looked grittier of the two in the initial exchanges. Seminlen Doungel - starting in place of Mandar Rao Desai - cantered some 40 yards down the left channel but his last touch let him down with the ball rolling out for a goal-kick.

East Bengal's Lalrindika Ralte was the other change ringed in by Coach Wim Koevermans from the last game against UAE. Jordan goalkeeper Abunabhan made a hash of Robin Singh's teasing effort from just outside the box moments later, somehow latching on to the ball at the end. The intent was clear from India who had nothing to lose.

Robin then forced the keeper to another save before Jordan took the lead. Striker Albashtawi smashed home on the rebound after India custodian Amrinder Singh showed superb reflexes to parry away Israiwah’s initial effort from distance. India's best chance of the half came from Sunil Chhetri's snapshot that almost kissed the post on its way out. Jordan closed the half better and their noses ahead

The second half started on a similar note but there were very few goalmouth moments until Robin powered a shot from 25 yards but goalkeeper got enough behind it to keep him at bay.Moments later, the red shirts doubled their lead. A cutback from the right found Thalji at the far post and he took two touches to first turn Pritam Kotal inside out and then smash the ball past Amrinder at his near post.



15.09.2014 : INDIA ( 0-5 ) UAE UAE : Saeed Al katheeri 14', 16', 64' Al Ahbabi 21', Self(sandesh 84') IND : Amrinder Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhinghan, Joyner Lourenco, Narayan Das, Pronay Halder (Lalrindika Ralte - 12th), Siam Hanghal, Francis Fernandes, Mandar Rao Deasi (Seminlen Doungel - 72nd), Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh..
84': GOALLLLLLL - 5th goal of UAE 64': GOALLLLL -- Hattrick of Al Katheeri. UAE leading 4-0.
21': GOALLLLLL ---- UAE scored 3rd Goal by Al Ahbabi.
16': GOALLLLLL ---- UAE 2nd goal again through Saeed Al katheeri.
14': GOALLLLLL ---- UAE scored through Saeed Al katheeri.
0': UAE and India have met in 11 times where UAE won 8 times and India won 2 times.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : An unimpressive display by India U-23 Men's Football contingent saw them surrender without a fight to United Arab Emirates as they went down 0-5 in their opening Group G match in the Asian Games in Incheon. The winners, who scored the first three goals within 20 minutes, led 3-0 at the interval.

Rival skipper Saeed Alkatheeri notched up a hat-trick which included two Headers with the Indian defenders looking helplessly. Al Ahbabi scored a brace to complete the rout. The Indian side lacked vision on the field. There wasn't much understanding while defending; there wasn't much understanding either while attacking. The series of mispasses, the ineffectiveness on the wings and the sluggish midfield losing almost every battle for the ball made matters tough as a ruthless UAE took control.

All the goals were conceded from counter attacks with the India back four of Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhinghan, Joyner Lourenco and Narayan Das lacking cohesion. It all started in the 14th minute when Alkatheeri stooped low to his left and tucked in a cross from the right. Two minutes on, the Captain was at it again this time diving acrobatically to meet a cross from the same area.

It was 3-0 by the 20th minute when Al Ahbabi converted from close. Stung, India tried to fight back. Sunil had a penalty appeal turned down after he was hacked down inside the area, while right back Pritam tried his luck from 35 yards with a stinging effort which the keeper somehow clung on to.

Changing over, any slim hope of a daunting comeback went up in smoke when four minutes into the hour mark the 2012 Olympics Qualifying Team rode their flying No 10 to the fourth goal. Alkatheeri slid in to guide the ball in between Amrinder's legs after a good pass from the right channel once again found him at the right place.

Coach Wim Koevermans ringed in a change in the hope of some pride to be restored with Shillong Lajong's Seminlen Doungel replacing ineffective Dempo man Mandar Rao Desai in the 72nd minute. The former East Bengal forward almost made an immediate impact with an angular effort that flew inches over the frame.

Captain Sunil followed him on moments later getting on the end of a delectable ball from the defence. But uncharacteristically the AIFF Player of the Year's shot was meek giving the advancing keeper no problems whatsoever. UAE notched their fifth in the dying minutes of the one sided tie, this time Al Ahbabi riding luck to his double when his tamely drilled attempt past Amrinder was helped on its way by Sandesh on the goalline.

India next play Jordan on September 22.