ABU DHABI, Jan. 11 -- A moment of sloppiness in the backline and a number of missed chances cost India dear as the Stephen Constantinecoached side suffered a 2-0 loss to hosts UAE in a Group A clash at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday. Khalfan Mubarak took advantage of a defensive lapse from India in the 41st minute to give UAE the lead before Ali Mabkhout sealed victory with an 88th minute strike. India, who were denied by the goalframe twice, slipped to second in the group following the loss while the hosts climbed to the top spot.

India started the game on the back foot as Constantine's side tried to cope with UAE's high line. However, in the matter of a few minutes, they managed to peg back the hosts with an intense game of hi...