All is not over for India: Colaco

July 25th, 2011 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) India coach Armando Colaco said Monday that his boys would go all out against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Thursday’s return leg of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

India lost the first-leg 0-3 after they were reduced to nine men within 23 minutes. Goalkeeper Subrata Paul and defender Debabrata Roy were red carded within a gap of four minutes but the visitors did well with nine men before conceding the third goal in the 81st minute.

Colaco said he expected a goalless draw against the UAE as there was not much difference between the two teams.

“The match is still not over for us. We will still have our chance till the final whistle is blown. We have nothing to lose in this match. I can assure you we have to go all out against them,” said Colaco after a practice session here.

The coach said his boys should be lauded for their great performance despite the fate of the match being sealed in the first 23 minutes.

“I think my boys played excellently against UAE. If we leave out the two penalties, it was like a goalless draw till the 81st minute. The UAE never looked like a great team and had we played with 11 boys I think we could have even beaten them,” he said.

Colaco blamed Qatari referee Banjar Al Dosari for killing the match.

“The referee is to be blamed for the loss. The two red cards were unfair. I had written to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) in the past that Gulf referees should be kept out of matches involving a Gulf team,” he said.

The India coach added that with right-back Roy out, he could bring down Syed Rahim Nabi from the mid-field or also include Robert Lalthalma in the starting XI.

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