UAE were quicker out of the blocks but it was French captain Jeremy Basquaise who opened the scoring, blasting a free-kick past Mohamed Al Mazam with a mere three minutes on the clock. Haidar Bashir then proved that Les Bleus did not have the monopoly on set-piece strikes, curling an exquisite free-kick from inside his own area into Jean-Marie Aubry's top corner for the equaliser.
There were chances at both ends before Basquaise from point-blank range and Didier Samoun with a header gave France a two-goal cushion at the end of the first period. Samoun notched another two goals in the second period, but UAE kept pace with strikes from Qambar Sadeqi and Bashir once again.
The third period got off to a bad start for the team from the Emirates with Ali Karim having to be stretchered off, but from the subsequent free-kick, Bashir completed his hat-trick to pull his team to within one goal. Hassan Aljesmi then fired in an equaliser but UAE's joy was short-lived, Samoun scoring his fourth of the match to give France all three points.