The Indian colts conceded two late goals at just before the scheduled end of the game to earn another heart-breaking loss for the team who ended up at the receiving end of a 0-3 loss to the Malaysian U-16 Team in Kuala Lumpur today (July 23, 2018).
The Indian boys, who came to Malaysia at the back of a heart-wrenching loss to Thailand last week, started showing their intent right from the kick-off, but it was Malaysia in the end who made inroads to the scoreboard. Ridge blasted from inside the box in as early as the fourth minute but the Malaysian keeper foiled the attempt.
Malaysia, however, gave the Indians a tough run for the money in their own box and kept pushing constantly but Biaka and the sturdy Indian defenders averted the danger.
Givson and Ridge were looking forward to hurl the opening goal from the counter-attacking opportunities but they could hardly find any hole to hit the back of Malaysian goalpost.
Finally, Muhd Najmudin slotted their opening goal in the 26th minute to hand Malaysia an advantage against the Indians.
Bibiano Fernandes opted for a couple of change in quick succession and introduced Sailo and Manish for Givson and Gurkirat respectively before the boys headed to the half time with a one-goal deficit to the Malaysians.
Coming back after the break, Bibiano’s boys started with great intensity and Ridge, on the turn of the game, hit the side-netting two minutes into the game.
India failed two attempts in the 55th & 58th minute when Bekey failed to keep it within the frame.
In the last quarter, India created quite a few chances, but failed to convert each one of these. Sailo swivelled a long ball to Vikram but the skipper failed to connect it on time whereas two minutes later, Vikram’s cross was collected safely by the Malaysian goalkeeper before Ravi could convert it.
But they kept the Malaysian defense on check throughout. Five minutes to the whistle, India earned back-to-back three corners but Bekey’s tries could have been dealt in a better way by the Indian attackers inside the box.
As Bibiano Fernandes opted to push more legs inside the opposition half, Malaysian attackers took the advantage and scored a peach of a goal to double their lead in the 88th minute.
Four minutes later, They hurled another attacking move from the left flank which resulted in their third goal to leave the Indian team flabbergasted.
India U-16 Team will face Malaysia again on Thursday (July 26, 2018).