That brings to an end India's run in the BRICS Cup.
If we were to go by results, it was a disappointment - just the one goal scored and no wins to our name. But what a performance the lads put in.
It was an U-17 tournament where we played the U-16 boys, and what a learning experience it was for the kids ahead of next year's U-17 FIFA World Cup in India.
Boris was brilliant down the right as usual, Sanjeev Stalin quietly impressive as the left-back and our set-piece expert. Aniket Jadhav, Aman Chetri and Komal Thatal were all fluid, dynamic and very entertaining, while our goalkeepers Dheeraj, and his stand in today, Nawaz were dependable and performed exceptionally well.
If we have a sore spot, it is in the middle of the park where Suresh and Amarjit have mixed brilliant positional awareness with sloppy passing in equal portions. Nicolai Adams needs to find a solution for this if we are to have an impact next year.
On the night, Brazil were just too strong for our lads - their patient recycling of the ball and incredibly fast switches into direct attack, a lesson that any team would be proud of. They have been brilliant throughout, and they should walk away with the BRICS cup with the minimum of fuss.
For any Indian who caught this, though, it will always be Komal Thatal's goal that stands out as the moment of the match. WHAT. A. GOAL.
On behalf of a very happy Sportskeeda football team, this is Anirudh Menon signing off.
It was an absolute pleasure bringing this to you tonight, thank you for reading.
92' Nawaz hoicks a final clearance clear...
91' Joysana does supremely well to irritate and hassle the Brazilian backline and win the ball back. He tries to play in Rajip, but the sub has strayed offside
90' Final SUBSTITUTION for India -Rajip ON, a tired Aniket OFF
3 minutes added on
89' Brazil are absolutely killing it with their ball possession. This is a footballing lesson that the Indian lads will do well to imbue.
87' OH SURESH!!!! The captain runs in from the middle and recieves the ball at the edge of the box , but his cross doesn't pick out the head of Narendra. That was a great chance to put some quality service in.
86' Aniket cuts in from the right, but its a tired pass in.
85' Oh ho ho! Audacious from Oliviera as he tries to catch Nawaz out from somewhere near the half-way line
That was superbly played by Brazil. An immaculate through ball finds the tireless Vinicius and he produces a finish of the highest order. A touch, a chip, and the ball is nestling in the back of the Indian goal
82' Boris flies down the right, and crosses it deep. The brazilians all miss their headers and the ball reaches Narendra who is taken completely by surprise. THAT WAS A BIG CHANCE...but... Brazil immediately counter and...
81' Chetri's last contribution was to win a freekick, and Stalin swings in another teasing cross. It's well cleared by the Brazilians though
80' SUBSTITUTION for India - the utterly exhausted Aman Chetri OFF, Narendra ON
77' Brazil's recycling of possesion is something that India must surely learn from. Vinicius flashes a shot well wide to end that spell of Brazil possession
There was a sub before that Chetri shot - Matos ON for Stockl as the Brazilians try to lock this down.
74' OH AMAN CHETRI!!! HE LETS FLY WITH A LONG-RANGER... BUT ITS WIDE.
73' Joysana with more enterprising play moves the ball forward with a directness that is always entertaining. He releases Sanjeev Stalin down the left, and plays a beautiful ball around the Brazilian defence but Amarjit doesn't have the pace to reach it
71' OUCH!! Amarjit's foot gets stuck in a divot in the grass and he goes down yelling in pain. He's a tough kid though, and it's going take more than a rough patch of grass to keep him down.
70' Vinicius rampages down the left and flashes a cross right across the box. De Silva is waiting to tap it in, but Nawaz flies to his left (and in front) and pats the ball away. Luckily for the keeper, it doesnt fall at a Brazilian's foot
69' Brazil are killing this match expertly, passing it along and letting India tire themselves chasing the ball.
67' Amarjit is strong in the tackle, and disposses Oliviera with a crunching one. He moves it onto Thatal who finds Stalin overlapping on the left. The Kannadiga though is outnumbered and outmuscled
65' OH JOYSANA!!!! The substitute flies down the left wing, and cutting into the box he passes it to Aman Chetri. It's cut off, just. Very unselfish from the winger, but arguably he would have been better served to go for goal himself. It was a very similar position to the one from which Komal scored his goal
64' Suresh has been very erratic in the centre of the park, he needs to get his passing boots on. and fast.