If Great Britain thought that Group A would be a nice warm-up to a medal placing, they were sadly mistaken.
Senegal did not prove easy pickings for a British side that provided more questions than answers in their opening game. A lack of real conviction and leadership was evident, and it was no huge shock when Moussa Konate levelled inside the final 10 minutes.
The UAE are built of the same gritty, resistant mould, and only a vastly improved display will be enough to grab a much needed three points against a team who gave Uruguay a big scare.
And don't for one minute think a partisan Wembley crowd will have a significant factor, there are plenty of important games in big stadiums back in Asia with regular sellouts in Pyongyang (40,000) and Tehran (100,000).
Here are the important battles Team GB must win on the pitch....