After a resilient performance against Oman on Thursday, where the Indian football earned a gritty 1-1 draw, the Blue Tigers will face a superior-ranked UAE side at Dubai’s Zabeel Stadium on Monday.

The match will prove to be a “more difficult experience”, according to Indian head-coach Igor Stimac. India’s outing against Oman saw Stimac hand debuts to 10 players, with six in the starting line-up.

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The first-half was marred by positional errors where India was completely dominated in midfield. Chinglensana Singh’s unfortunate own goal made affairs trickier. Stimac’s men put up a composed second half display and enjoyed more of the ball and found more space in the opponent’s half.

Lalengmawia’s addition saw the side play with greater fluency and equalised through a thumping header from Manvir Singh,…

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