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Zaccheroni explains what happened today for UAE in the Asian Cup

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The Italian coach was not happy even after his team dramatically defeated Kyrgyzstan in the Rond of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) were clear favorites today as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup hosts took on Kyrgyzstan.

But the UAE had its set of troubles and couldn’t beat them in regular time until a 103rd-minute goal by Ahmed Khalil saved them.

And for manager Alberto Zaccheroni, this was a very difficult match to watch.

“I admit that against Kyrgyzstan we seemed to struggle with long ball and crosses, and we also had one or two chances to score and secure the game, but we didn’t convert those opportunities,” he told The Arab News.

“We will try to correct all the things that we believe were less positive between now and the quarterfinals.”

“We now have three days to assess our squad and their injuries before we face a strong Australia team,” he commented.

“Ahmed Khalil is a very good striker, he is one of the best in Asia.”

“When I took over the UAE team (at the end of 2017), he was injured and had not trained for a long time.”

“He has also been injured many times recently and did not play often for his club,” Zaccheroni added.

“Nevertheless, he is a very good player, and I have to say that I rely on him a lot. He does so much for the team.”