India’ U-17 side came up short in the third game of the 2016 BRICS U-17 Football Cup, losing 1-0 to China. The hosts dominated much of the match, with Komal Thatal, Amarjit Singh, Shubham Sarangi and Sanjeev Stalin all narrowly missing out on scoring for India, before Huang Cong struck in the sixth minute of injury time to hand China an undeserved three points.
The result leaves India rooted to the bottom of the table, while China are in 4th place with 4 points, level with 3rd placed South Africa.
Here are 5 talking points from the game:
#1 India’s frustrations continue
Another game, another familiar story. It’s becoming rather eerie just how set in their patterns this Indian side is – dominate the game for 90 minutes and then walk away with a 1-0 loss, thanks to a rare defensive error. This result, though, was particularly harsh, as China offered little going forward and perhaps did not even deserve a point from the game.
India displayed naivete in pushing 10 men forward right at the end, with Huang Cong capitalising on a tired touch to steal the win. I would not envy Nicolai Adam’s task in trying to lift the spirits of these tender 15/16-year-old boys who have fought so bravely for little reward.
India created a whole host of chances in this game and poor finishing in the final third allowed China to walk away with the win. While Aman Chetri, Komal Thatal and Aniket Anil Jadhav have won plenty of hearts with their bright attacking exchanges, they will have to learn to be lethal sooner rather than later, or Adam will be forced to make changes.