India, Jan. 11 -- Hosts United Arab Emirates closed in on a place in the last 16 at the AFC Asian Cup as they beat India 2-0 on Thursday.

India, who finished runners-up on their Asian Cup debut in 1964 when it was a four-team competition won by Israel, will still fancy their chances of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.

"Congratulations to UAE for their win. I think we created enough chances, especially in the first half, to have won two games, not just one game. The problem is, when you don't convert them, they tend to come back (at you) and you pay for it. Last game, we converted them. But in this game, we didn't. UAE had three shots on goal and one hit the post. I think we deserved a draw from this game but again, if you...