The Indian U-17’s dream run in Germany continued with a 2-0 win against FSV Frankfurt’s youth team in Frankfurt. This is the sixth match the youngsters have played in Germany as a preparation for the U-17 World Cup to be held in India next year.
India started the game well and the pressure paid off in the as they took the lead in the first half itself. In the 31st minute when Ninthoi was fouled in the 18-yard-box, the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Amarjeet to the take the important spot kick and was calmly put the ball in the back of the net.
It could have been better for the Indian colts as they headed into the second half had Komal kept his cool, but India went into the break with a 1-0 lead. The game was to be played for 80 minutes, with each half lasting 40 minutes.
The Indian team came out for the second half unchanged and continued to play at the same tempo. Head Coach of the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad Nicolai Adam made his first change in the 65th minute when he introduced Aniket to replace Sanjeev which proved to be a crucial decision come the end of the game.
It was the substitute Aniket who doubled the lead in the youngsters in the dying minutes of the game. In a next few minutes, at the final whistle, the Indian colts had won another match by the score of 2-0 against a team whose senior team play in the second division of German Football.
In the earlier friendlies, the youngsters had beaten DFI Bad Aibling 2-1 and then put 14 past Rosenheim U-16. After the friendlies, the team will head for the AFC U-16 Qualifiers which will be held in Iran.
India have been placed in a difficult group with Asian heavyweights Iran for the Qualifiers. Lebanon and Bahrain complete the group for the qualifiers which are scheduled between September 12, 2015 to September 20, 2015.
Published 12 Aug 2015, 19:50 IST