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Incheon (South Korea), Sep 15: The Indian U-23 men’s football team continued its poor performance going down 0-5 to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening Group G match of the Asian Games here Monday. It was a dominating performance by the UAE, who opened up a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes and held on to it till the break. UAE skipper Saeed Alkatheeri notched up a hat-trick, including two headers, while Al Ahbabi scored a brace to complete the rout. India next play Jordan Sep 22. Also Read - I Regret Becoming a Cyclist, All I Now Want is my Old Life Back: Swaran Singh
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Winger Sasmita Malik and midfielder Kamala Devi were the star performers, scoring five goals each. Striker Bala got a brace while captain Bembem Devi, Prameshwori Devi and Ashalata Devi scored goals apiece. India completely dominated the proceedings and the Maldivians failed to take even a single shot at the Indian goal.
The Indian women, who led 9-0 at the interval, play hosts South Korea Wednesday. Their last group match is against Thailand Friday when the Asian Games will officially start. India, two-time SAFF Champions, seized the initiative right from the kick-off.