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India vs Syria, AFC U-23 Championship qualifier, As it happened

India 0-2 Syria, Full Time
Updated: 19 July 2017 21:32 IST - Published: 19 July 2017 19:06 IST
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It was a pleasure covering the game for you. Join us again on Friday as Ind look to turn things around.

This was Souvik Roy Chowdhury. Till then. Goodbye and goodnight.


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However, it won't be easy with the hosts Qatar and Turkmenistan in their group.

They next play Qatar on the 21st of July at 10:30 pm
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A not so bright so start for India in the U23 AFC Championship Qualifying campaign for India. Hopefully they can turn things around.
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And that's it!

The final whistle blows. And both the teams on their knees.

India after giving their all and Syria in prayers.
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95' -  IND throwing the kitchen sink now but missing badly.
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And in the last minutes, Mohamed Srour - the scorer of the first goal is yellow carded for delaying the game before he is substituted.
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90+2' - Syria break down the left and Muhtadi with another crack on goal. 

Deflected and wide there.
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91' - To their credit the Indian boys are not giving this up till the last second.

Into five minutes of added on time.
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90' - The answer I am afraid is no. 

Nandhakumar drives his laces through it. But that is way off the mark. Flies off target.
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89' - IND with a FK in a dangerous area!

Any late dramas?
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88' -  GOAL!

And that should be the final nail in the coffin. 

To the back post and an unmarked Arnaout heads it back across goal and the India net ripples for the second time.
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88' - SYR taking their time and understandably so.


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87' -  Another yellow.

This time it is Jerry. 

But was it really? Crunching tackle but he got all ball there.
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86' - Good footwork from Nishu Kumar there.

But then gives the ball away as the look to play a risky pass.
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85' - IND desperately looking for a goal here. Last few minutes to go.
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84' -  A couple of players being attended to in the middle as precious seconds go off the clock.
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83' -  BLOCKED!

Good play in the middle. And that goes out to Poojary on the right who crosses it in. The clearance falls to German whose long ranger is blocked.
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82' -  IND with  a FK and that is floated in but SYR clear.
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Sarthak Golui and Robinson Singh in for Lalruatthara and Anirudh Thapa
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80' - Srour is down at the moment as another Syrian players landed on him.
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79' - Nandhakumar down the left charges and puts a ball in. But that is too easy for the keeper.
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78' - Ball in and Kaith makes his first mistake of the game.


Was in no man's land as he came in to clear.

Ball finally goes to Muhtadi but he is flagged offside.
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77' - LUCKY!

Lalruatthara is really lucky there not to get a second yellow. He had pulled Muhtadi's shirt. 

But the ref lets him go.
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76' -  Great work from Hitesh to close down the SYR defenders. 

But gives away a foul.
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75' - IND clear again and look for an outlet through Nikhil Poojary down the right.

But German's ball is overhit.