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India vs Benfica, As it Happened, Under-17 Practice Match

India U-17 0-3 Benfica, Full-time
Updated: 06 May 2017 00:29 IST - Published: 06 May 2017 00:12 IST
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That's it then. The Indian Under-17 team lose their fourth match of their Portuguese tour. However, the 3-0 scoreline wasn't a fair reflection of the game today, which saw contrasting fortunes in finishing from both sides. That said, India couldn't stop Benfica from winning by three goals today. 

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Full-time: India U-17s 0-3 Benfica
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0-3 Chance for India as a one-v-one is spurned. That, perhaps, sums up the day for the Colts.
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Although the Colts are 0-3 down, the pace at which the game is played has been enjoyable. That's perhaps the magic of practice matches.
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0-3 The game is petering out as the clock ticks to 90 minutes but the Colts are still on the attack, trying to take people on and shooting. Their end-product today, however, has lacked bite.
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We are into the dying embers of the match as another defeat looms for the India Colts. Benfica have looked far more superior than their visitors today and deserve their lead.

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Corner for India here. Could they capitalise? No, as the delivery is too deep and the second ball is shot straight at the Benfica keeper.
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It's still India 0-3 Benfica.
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0-3 What a penalty save by Dheeraj there. The goalkeeper stops India from going 4-0 down.
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0-3 Penalty to Benfica!
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India 0-3 Benfica

It's seemingly over now for the Colts.
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GOAL for Benfica!
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0-2 Komal goes on a driving run cutting inside but he is eventually stopped by the strong, physical Benfica defence. India have had to rely on moments of individual brilliance to create chances so far.
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0-2 Chance for India as Aniket's mazy run beats one defender but his cross is cleared away by the Benfica defence. Benfica survive but India are looking dangerous in their rare attacking forays this half.
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Benfica make their 1st substitution.
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0-2 Positive signs from the Colts as they go on the attack and nearly score a goal via a cross from the left wing. India are far from letting up here at the Seixal Stadium.
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0-2 Chance for Benfica as a clever turn in midfield bypasses India's press from behind. The space left behind is exploited but the Benfica winger's cross is headed over the bar. 
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0-2 It is Benfica who are keeping the ball for long periods and then cutting the Indian defence with ease. India have looked out of sorts so far in the 2nd half after having had to chase the ball for the most part.
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0-2 The 2nd Benfica goal came off a deflection from Rahul. Neither the run of play nor luck seems to favour the Colts today.
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India 0-2 Benfica

The Colts can't defend a short corner as Benfica walk the ball into the 18-yard box before a fierce shot beats Dheeraj low on his near post.
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GOAL for Benfica!
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India 0-1 Benfica

Komal concedes a dangerous free kick just on the edge of the box. The effort from Benfica sails just over as the Colts restart.
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The 2nd half kicks off.
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Half-time: India 0-1 Benfica

It all started with Benfica pinning India back before they earned a flurry of corners as the Colts somehow survived the early onslaught. Norton de Matos's charges pushed up as the 1st half worn on, leaving themselves open to counterattacks. One such counterattack saw the home side earn a corner from which they scored the opening goal. India showed some fight after conceding but that hasn't been enough so far. Let's see what the 2nd half brings us.
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The referee whistles for half-time and India Colts trail 0-1 at the break. The 2nd half will start shortly.