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India 0-0 Serbia, Under-17 Friendly, As It Happened

India 0-0 Serbia, Full-time
Updated: 07 June 2017 23:25 IST - Published: 07 June 2017 23:20 IST
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The Colts struggled to create anything of note throughout the course of the ninety minutes but their discipline out of possession was a joy to watch. They never allowed an inch to a more accomplished Serbia unit and were well worth the 0-0 draw. That's all from us here. Until next time, it's goodbye!
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It's full-time here and the match finishes 0-0. A creditable result for the Colts against a top 50 Under-17 team which bodes well for their FIFA Under-17 World Cup prospects later this year. 
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Full-time: India U-17s 0-0 Serbia U-17s
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Aniket tries to force his way with a solo run from the left touchline to the Serbia box before he is stopped.
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It's all Serbia now as they desperately try to break India's disciplined rearguard. Space has been at a premium for the hosts today as the Colts have defended well. 0-0, 87 minutes.
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The Colts are holding on well so far, but can they survive for another five minutes? It's 0-0 as we head into the final minutes of this hard-fought contest.
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We are into the last 10 minutes of the game as tired legs take over. This could present a chance or two for the Colts to score. 0-0
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The Colts look to have prioritised keeping a clean sheet more than going on the offensive which is seemingly a good strategy against a better side in Serbia. A shut-out will also give the young Colts immense confidence. 0-0
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We are heading into the final quarter hour of the game and the scoreline still reads 0-0.
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Serbia haven't allowed India an inch today, but the Colts have done well so far to keep things tight and under control. 0-0, 72 minutes.
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67' 0-0. The Colts string together a few neat passes deep inside Serbia's half, but all the good work is undone by Aniket's heavy pass. This is the best India have looked in this half.
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The Colts must've had barely 10 percent possession in the 2nd half by the looks of things. They concede possession straight away after they have the ball, something which must concern Norton de Matos and his staff today. 0-0
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A long ranger from the Serbian centre-half flies harmlessly over Dheeraj's goal. It's been all Serbia in the 2nd half so far. 0-0
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Another gilt-edged chance for Serbia here from a freekick as India survive, yet again. The hosts hit the crossbar but the score remains 0-0 at the 61-minute mark.
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Another fine save by the Colts' 'keeper here as Serbia are left frustrated. It was a one-on-one opening for the hosts, who will rue these missed chances if the deadlock remains at full-time. 0-0
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The Colts pass out from the back well on this occasion but they resort to a long ball immediately after evading Serbia's first line of pressure. 0-0
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Ball down the line from Stalin here but Serbia have numbers at the back that nip a promising situation for India in the bud. 0-0
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At the 54-minute mark, the scoreline reads 0-0 as Serbia make their 1st substitution.
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Chance for Serbia!

Some fine bit of interplay from the hosts in front of the Indian box leads to a dangerous cross, which is headed away for a corner by Anwar. 0-0
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At the 50 minute mark, the scoreline still reads 0-0.
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An issue with the Colts today has been the lack of coordinated pressing movements. Isolated presses are not helping much as Serbia almost always have an opening to recycle the ball and change the point of attack. It already looks like another long 45 minutes for the Colts. 0-0
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Luis Norton de Matos is gesticulating from the Indian bench here as the Colts are not too keen on holding on to the ball. 0-0
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A reckless challenge from Sanjeev Stalin here means India concede a freekick in a dangerous position. The delivery from the set-piece is an inviting one but no Serbian head is on the end of it. 0-0
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Serbia are already on the offensive seconds into the second half but a foul hands India some respite as they try to build up from the back. 0-0
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And we are underway in the 2nd half.
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The 2nd half will be underway in a bit. Can India stretch their two-match winning streak today?
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It's been a testing half for the Indian Colts but they have risen to the challenge well, keeping their more physically imposing hosts at bay while carving out one or two decent openings on the counter attack. The scoreline at the break is 0-0.
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Half-time: India U-17s 0-0 Serbia U-17s
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Fine move by the Colts here as they force to find an opening via Komal's strong run, but the Serbian defence averts the danger. 0-0
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An attack down the left wing from Serbia leads to a well-directed cross but Dheeraj catches the ball well and sets India off on a counter attack. That, however, doesn't last too long. 0-0
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The play is back underway after an injury-induced break as shouts of second balls are heard from the Indian dugout. 0-0
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Dheeraj looks to be in trouble here as he is being attended by the Indian medical staff. A much-needed breather for the Colts as they try to assess what's gone wrong and right so far in the game. The scoreline reads 0-0 as things stand.
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Brilliant slaloming run from Aniket amid all the Serbia pressure but his cutback is weak and Serbia have the ball back. 0-0
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The Colts have their wingers fully tucked back to cover, making it a 6-man defence while out of possession. It's 0-0 still.
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Another opening for Serbia but India escape. Serbia nearly score from a corner but their headed effort goes over Dheeraj's goal. It's 0-0 still.
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India on the ascendancy here but a slight push from Abhijit prompts the referee to pull play back for a foul. 0-0
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A lot of the forward passes from India have been hurried ones, leaving the frontman with very little time to steal a march on his marker. It's 0-0 here, but the Colts are playing smart here by frustrating the hosts.
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Serbia are clearly on the ascendancy here but the Colts have done well to keep them from scoring. It's 0-0 still but India are hanging on here.

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India are playing really deep and defensive here as they allow Serbia to have time on the ball, but finding space has been an issue for the hosts as the Colts have put nine men behind the ball. Aniket up top is the immediate target in the event of a possession turnover in India's favour. 0-0
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For those interested, here is the Indian line-up today: Dheeraj (GK), Boris, Anwar, Stalin, Namit, Suresh, Amarjit, Komal, Aniket, Sarkar, Naorem.
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The Colts foray forward but decent chances have been hard to come by for them as Serbia keep things tight at the back. By the look of things, the hosts are the more physical of the two units today. 0-0

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What a save from Dheeraj!

The Indian goalkeeper makes a flying save to deny Serbia a goal from a 25-yard curling shot. It's 0-0 still.
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Another chance for Serbia here as the hosts have barely allowed the Colts to settle. India need to apply themselves better here.

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The scoreline reads 0-0 still.
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The Colts are really struggling to get going in attack. Aniket looks increasingly isolated up front as Serbia crank up the pressure on the visitors.
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Chance for Serbia but their shot from close range is just wide of the target. An early scare for the Colts but the scoreline still reads 0-0.
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Freekick to India from a dangerous position on the left flank but the chance goes begging. Things are in the balance at the moment as both teams try to break each other down. 0-0
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India have started to attack down the wings but nothing of note has materialised so far in front of goal for the Colts. 0-0
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India are clearly on the backfoot in these early exchanges. Serbia have been playing well inside the India half, hence the Colts' will look to play on the break.
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1' And we have kicked off.