Dubai, March 29: India lost 6–0 to the United Arab Emirates in their second international friendly as striker Ali Mabkhaut hit a hat-trick at the Zabil Stadium here on Monday.
To live up to his point, India’s head coach Igor Stamack gave game-time to several new faces in the friendly, making eight changes to the Blue Tigers starting from the eleventh, Gurpreet Singh (captain for the day), Adil Khan Anirudh Thapa, Lallinzual Chongte, Lallengmavia Ralte, Pritam Kotal, Litton Colaco and Mashoor Sheriff and gave them an opportunity to contest for a chance before matches in June.
Those who retained their place from XI in the 1–1 draw against Oman included Akash Mishra, Manveer Singh, and Suresh Wangam – along with Sandhya Jhingan, Rawlin Borges, Bipin Singh, etc., were not in action.
The 74th-ranked hosts in the FIFA rankings managed to get an early lead when Ali Mabkhaut caught a Fabio de Lima ball and threw it over the keeper. UAE beat India 6–0 in football friendly match, Ali Mabkhaut scores hat-trick.
India were looking for an equalizer after the goal and there was a good opportunity soon after when Libton Colaco – the 11th debutant for the Blue Tigers in these two friendly games – earned a free kick from a dangerous situation. Anirudh Thapa attempted to take a step off the training ground, as he played Pritam Kotal through the right flank, but the threat was deferred by the UAE defense.
At the half-hour mark, Fabio de Lima cut to the right and took a shot, which was blocked by the referee with Adil Khan’s hand. Mabkhout again stepped in and brought it home from the penalty spot at the 32nd minute mark.
Two teams led the dressing room in the UAE, with the UAE scoring two goals. Blue Tigers owner Igor Stamack made two changes at the start of the second half, with Yasir Mohammed replacing Anirudh Thapa, while Halicharan Narzary replaced Chhangate.
Mabkhout completed his hat-trick at the hour mark, as soon as he controlled the ball inside the box, and slammed it home. Four minutes later, a first-time shot from Khalil Ibrahim found the back of the Indian net, making it four.
Ryan Fernandes and Ishan Pandita came on in the 58th minute as substitutes for Liston Colaco and Lallengmavia. In the 72nd minute, Hitesh Sharma replaced Suresh Wangam in midfield. Aashiq Kurunian was brought along by Akash Mishra for 10 minutes.
Fabio Lima finished fifth, setting up the end for Sebastian Teglibue, who scored his team’s sixth goal, as the host team won the match.
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