India U-16 team registers win against Jordan
New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) India's U-16 national football team started the four-nation international tournament with a 2-1 victory over Jordan in Serbia today.
After conceding in the second minute of the match, India made a strong comeback in the 17th minute, thanks to a terrific finish by Ridge.
Rohit Danu scored India's second goal nine minutes later which eventually proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Jordan started in a great fashion having scored the opener within two minutes of the kick-off before India clawed back into the game.
Givson tried his luck from outside the box in the fourth minute but it sailed over the crossbar. Danu found himself in a comfortable position three minutes later but the Jordanian goalie jumped on his feet to put the danger away.
Finally, Ridge came into his team's rescue in the 17th minute and drew parity. Vikram unleashed a square pass from the edge of the box and the midfielder netted his first goal of the match.
Seven minutes later, the Jordanian goalkeeper made a mistake and Danu made it count for them.
Ridge blasted a right-footed shot from the top of the box and the goalie fumbled while grabbing it and on rebound, Danu slotted it past the goalie.
After the changeover, Jordan rung in a couple of changes in their quest to find the equaliser. Givson came very close to score India's third goal in the 53rd minute but the goalie tipped it out of danger giving away a corner to India.
Jordan earned back-to-back corners after the hour-mark but they couldn't score their second goal, courtesy a couple of acrobatic saves by the lanky goalie Biaka.
India will next face hosts Serbia on Saturday