ABU DHABI, -- The UAE national football team defeated Thailand by 3 goals to 1 on Thursday in the third round of World Cup Qualifiers for Russia 2018.

Ali Mabkhout scored twice, at 14 and 47 minutes, while Ahmed Khalil scored the third for the UAE in injury time. Thailand scored their goal in the 65th minute.

The victory saw the UAE football team winning three precious points in the competition to qualify for the World Cup to be hosted by Russia in 2018.

The UAE team plays Saudi Arabia on 11th October in Jeddah, while their next home game will be against Iraq on November 15th, followed by a winter break before meeting Japan again in Round 4 next March.

Source: Emirates News Agency