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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

UAE to meet Indonesia in Asian Games last-16 football tournament

Disappointing outing for Emirates contingent on Day 2 of continental competition in Jakarta

The UAE will meet Indonesia in the last 16 of the Asian Games football tournament at Wibawa Mukti Stadium on Friday after the hosts beat Hong Kong on Monday.

Indonesia won 3-1 at Patriot Candrabaga Stadium to top Group A.

On Sunday, the UAE finished third in Group C - behind China and Syria - but they progressed as one of the four best third-placed teams in the competition, along with Hong Kong, Bahrain (Group E) and Saudi Arabia (Group F).

The UAE lost to Syria (1-0) last week and China (2-1) on Sunday, but they made it to the knockout round on the back of their 4-1 win over East Timor, also last week.

The UAE, who have taken 138 athletes to Jakarta - their biggest squad at the Games - to compete in 23 sporting disciplines, have yet to win a medal after two days of action.

Their shooters, as well as the fencing and archery squads failed to go beyond the qualifying phase.

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Latifa Al Hosani was unable to win a single round in the women’s individual foil Group A. She lost 5-0 to Lebanon's Mona Shaito in the opening round and by the same score to Peng Ho of Macau, Chinese Taipei's Hsin Cheng and the South Korean Jeon Hee-sook.

She fared slightly better in defeats to Aini Nurul of Indonesia (5-2) and Hong Kong's Liu Yan Wai (5-4).

In the men’s sabre individual Group A, Ali Al Hammadi was beaten 5-1 by Karim Nurzhan of Kazakhstan, followed by defeats to South Korea's Gu Bon-gil (5-0), Soravit Kitsiriboon of Thailand (5-1) and the Japanese Kenta Tokunan (5-0).

In the men’s trap, Hamad Al Kendi finished 15th with a score of 116, while teammate Saif Al Shamsi was a further nine places behind with a score of 112.

Latifa Al Mazi and Marwa Mahboob finished 42nd and 44th, respectively, in the 10-metre air rifle for women.

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