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South Africa vs India, Live Score and Commentary, BRICS U-17 Football Cup 2016

South Africa 1-0 India
Updated: 07 October 2016 21:59 IST - Published: 07 October 2016 18:40 IST
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FT: South Africa 1-0 India

A familiar story for India as they put in a fantastic performance but lost the game by a solitary goal, repeating the scoreline of their first game.

India and South Africa played out an end-to-end contest, with the hosts just about shading things in the opening 15 minutes. South Africa went ahead midway through the first half with a bullet header from Radzilani.

India went close with South Africa putting plenty of last ditch tackles to deny Aman and Komal, but went into the break tailing.

India dominated the start of the second half as well, with Boris making merry on the right, while Aman nearly profited from Baadjies error.

In sharp contrast, Dheeraj was absolutely fantastic, making a couple of saves to keep India in with a chance. The hosts applied heavy pressure in injury time, but South Africa put in some fantastic blocks to deny India and hold on for the win.

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90+9' ALMOST! Sanjeev sends in a peach of a cross with his left foot and Baadjies drops it, but it is cleared anyway.

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90+8' India have a free-kick on the right wing. Foolish from Thabo Vincent.

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90+7' WHAT A SAVE! Dheeraj save a point blank header with a stunning save right at the death. South Africa have a corner and should play out for the win.

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90+6' Sanjeev sends in a good ball with Abhijit and Rakip lurking, but South Africa get their blocks in and clear

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90+5' Baadjies wastes some more time by claiming he has an injury. Not sure how this happened to be honest, he wasn't even near a physical challenge.

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90+4' India have another corner. Meetie tries to take it quickly, but his teammates aren't as aware. Sanjeev to take.

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90+2' The boys are visibly tired though, and there doesn't look to be a clear route to goal for India. South Africa waste some time with a throw-in.

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90+1' 6 minutes of injury time. What's the Indian version of Fergie time?

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90+1' NEARLY! A flap from Baadjies nearly allows India to score, but the ball is cleared out for another corner. India can't do it from the following set-piece as well.

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90' A corner for India... Can they do it?

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88' Confident stuff from Dheeraj, as he towers over everyone and collects the free kick. He's been really impressive tonight.

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87' A break in play as South Africa earn a free-kick for what looked like a foul on Sanjeev. Odd, that.

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86' Should have done better there.. A misplaced header allows a cross from the left for India, but Meetie mishits the cross with Abhijit lurking and Baadjies collects. South Africa nearly score from the counter, but some last ditch tackles coupled with Dheeraj's smothering presence helps.

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84' WHAT A CHA... Oh that''s offside. Amarjit's low powered shot from range becomes a pass for an unmarked Abhijit in the box, but he's offside. A bit of a relief for him as he miscontrolled the ball.

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82' Abhijit's first contribution is to collect the ball on the edge of the box, turn and burst past his marker to the right byline and then... send in a cross out of play.

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82' South Africa bring on Nkosi for their goal-scorer Radzilani

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81'  India make their final substitutions as Joysana replaces Aniket and Abhijit Sarkar replaces Aman Chetri

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78' Captain's work from Suresh as he tracks back to help out Boris who was caught upfield. The duo eventually get the ball clear, but this is not what the colts need to be doing if they want a result from this game.

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76' ALMOST! Radebe bursts past his markers and tries to take on Indian defenders in a 2v2, but Rakip makes the interception and hacks the ball clear.

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75' Oh dear, Radzilani is beaing stretchered off, and the game resumes.

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74' Radzilani is down after a clash of heads and recieves treatment.

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73' Mawia comes on for Komal - Interesting to see if this results in a change in India's formation.

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72' ALMOST! Komal sends a through ball from deep as India counter, and Aman getss clear of his marker, but the pass is overhit and Baadjie clears.

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70' HOW DID THEY NOT SCORE! Last ditch defending from India as Dheeraj, Jitendra and Rakip all get their blocks in after South Africa burst into the left edge of the box.

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69' South Africa do not look like a side suffering from jetlag - while India do. This is concerning, and Adam should be looking to the bench to relieve some pressure.

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67' Nearly! A poor attempt to clear in the box allows Foster to lay the ball off to Radzilani on the edge of the box, but as he mishits his strike after being charged at.

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65' WHAT A SAVE! Dheeraj is at full stretch to deny a lovely volley from the left that looked headed for the top corner. Moments later, he saves Foster's powerful volley from the edge of the box. Superb stuff from India's custodian

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65' Sithembiso comes on for Radebe

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64' Thabo Vincent is down and receives some treatment

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62' Boris takes a free-kick fro the right short, and Komal and Aman exchange passes on the edge of the box, but are blocked.

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58' NEARLY! Aman ingeniously produces a back header from a cross from the right to almost catch out Baadjies, but the South African goalkeeper adjusts his feet and collects his effort.

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57' WOAH! Foster with a brilliant piece of control and skill, turns away from his marker on the right edge of the box, and shoots across goal from a narrow angle.

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55' In other news, India have lost for the first time ever in the Kabaddi World Cup to South Korea. This doesn't bode well for the results here, I guess. Meanwhile, Suresh unleashes a thunderbolt froom deep that flies over. Baadjie takes the time to receive some treatment on his hand.

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53' ALMOST A COMEDY OF ERRORS! Meetie hammers a low drive to Baadjies, and he spills what looks like a comfortable save, but manages to get to the ball before Aman and spare himself some very serious blushes.

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51' ALMOST! Boris gets past two markers on the right wing and bursts into the box, but his low cutback is scrambled clear by the South African defence. He nearly does it again moments later, but overruns the ball for a goal kick.

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48' SHOT! Lyle Foster with a thunderbolt from deep nearly catches out Dheeraj, but the ball flies wide of the post.

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47' A confident start to the second half from India as they work the ball upfield, but Aman gets clattered into by a 'legal' tackle after receiving the ball with his back to goal, and the move breks down.

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46' PEEP PEEP PEEP! India get us underway in the second half!

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In a rather odd turn of events, Nicolai Adam is on the pitch giving a TV interview instead of the dressing room. Thank you, DD.

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HT: South Africa 1-0 India

A very even game, as India had plenty of chances to score throughout, but were unable to apply the final touch. South Africa went ahead through Radzilani's bullet header midway though the half, but there is plenty of hope for India in this end-to-end game.

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45+1' Sanjeev's measured strike is saved. That's the last kick of the half.

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45+1' OH MY! Baadjie catches a headed backpass outside the box, and India are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Can they capitalize?

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45' 1 minute of added time

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45' ALMOST! Boris is sent clear down the right wing with a super through ball, and his low cross to the near post is nearly turned into the net by Komal, but he is muscled off the ball

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44' Sanjeev wastes the free-kick by trying to be cute and laying the ball off to Suresh, but South Africa intercept the ball, and the set-piece is wasted.

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42' India's corner is poor and South Africa counter down the left, but Rakip and Jitendra stand firm. As India counter as well, Komal earns a free-kick on the left wing after some quick feet bamboozles his marker.

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41' Great football! Komal and Sanjeev intelligently work space on the left wing before laying the ball off to Aniket. He dummies his marker with a swift turn, dribbles past a couple of challenges before watching his shot get blocked out for a corner. That was a good chance!

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39' Plenty of nearly there's for India, as they try to utilize Aniket and Aman's pace upfront with through balls from deep, but South Africa are getting their last-ditch tackles right so far.

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38' PANIC IN THE BOX! Radzilani shanks a shot into the box, and Jitendra makes a hasty clearance out for a corner. Bophela takes the set-piece and sends it straight into Dheeraj's grateful arms.

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