AFC U-16 TOURNAMENT (BOYS) INDIA - 2016 : MATCH

21.09.2016 : INDIA - 0-3 - IRAN - FT
IRN : Mohammad Ghaderi 23', Mohammad Sharifi 81', 90+1'

IND : Dheeraj Singh; Sanjeev Stalin, Sarif Khan (Narender – 69th), Jitendra Singh, Mohamad Rakip (Aniket Jhadav – 46th); Boris Singh (given marching orders in 55th minute), Suresh Singh (Captain), Amarjit Singh, Lalengmawia (Aman Chetri – 65th), Ninthoi, Komal Thattal.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : A 10-man India lost 0-3 to a superior Iran to bow out of the AFC U-16 Championship India 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday (September 21). Courtesy the result, India finished on one point from three outings while Iran topped Group A with 7 points from three matches to march into the quarterfinals.

Nicolai made two changes to the starting XI – Lalengmawia and Ninthoi replacing Aniket Jhadav and Aman Chetri respectively. But miss passes in the midfield didn’t help the cause. The trapping at times was bad and the physically superior Iranians managed to win most of the second balls. Even as both Teams started on a cautious note, Iran were able to increase manpower in the final zone. The first goal came in the 23rd minute -- a slippery Mohammad Ghaderi sneaking in between the two Central Defenders to blast it in after being fed by Amed Khodamoradi.

India’s sole chance in the first half came in the 17th minute. The rush of adrenalin forced Komal to go for glory after he had sped into the rival box. A back pass to Lalangmawia who was perfectly positioned to tap it in into a yawning goal could have given India the lead.

Changing over, Nicolai brought in his first substitution – Aniket coming in for Mohamad Rakip in the 46th minute itself. The first cross into the box came in the 49th minute but rival Goalkeeper Gholam Zadeh leapt above all to gather Ninthoi’s floater. India suffered a jolt when they were down to 10-men - Boris gave marching orders after receiving his second yellow card in the 55th minute.

Ten minutes later Lalengmawia was replaced by Aman, as Nicolai went all out for the equaliser. The third substitution came in the 69th minute when Narender was put in place of Sarif Khan. Iran taking full advantage of their numerical superiority were dominating by then and had not Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh came in between on a couple of occasions, the scoreline could have been wider.

A ten-man India, nevertheless, laboured hard. But as it in the first half, and even in the entire Championship, miss passes spoiled the counters. Iran looked composed with the support for each other in the midfield. It eventually paid dividends as Iran scored from two penalties – Mohammad Sharifi converting a brace from the spot in the 82nd minute and then one in injury time (90+).

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INDIA 2-3 UAE

15.09.2016 : India - 2-3 - UAE (FT)
IND: Sanjeev Stalin 12', Boris Singh 36'
UAE : Marena Aydh 33', Rashid Majid 53', Fawzi 74'
IND : Dheeraj Singh, Boris Singh, Jitendra, Sharif Khan, Sanjeev, Suresh, Amarjit, Aman, Komal, Aniket, Md. Rakip
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : In a match which was a tale of two halves, India U-16 lost lead and match to go down 2-3 to the United Arab Emirates in their Group A opener of the AFC U-16 Championship India 2016 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday (September 15).

A superior and dominant India led 2-1 at the interval, a half which should have produced more goals. India entered the rival box almost all throughout and had many a clear chance and shy. But the boys failed to add to the margin. For India Sanjeev Stalin opened the scoring in the 10th minute while Boris Singh scored the second in the 36th while for UAE, Manea Aydh and Majid Rashid scored one each in the 34th and 53rd minute.

India were much faster off the blocks in the first half and the purpose was evident. The first chance came as early as the 4th minute. Komal Thatal with a sudden burst of speed entered the rival box but the rival defender recovered in time to force him to run into an acute angle. That didn’t deter Komal and his left footer agonisingly missed the target rolling across the goalmouth by an inch. Perhaps it set the tone for the rest of the half.

Five minutes later a combined move almost saw India take the lead. Suresh playing the perfect blocker played a one-two with Komal, who turned to find Aniket on the right wing. Even as Aniket sidestepped his marker and essayed it in, the ball deflected straight into rival goalie Hareth Salem off a rival defender. The very next moment Aman Chetri’s centre was headed by Boris only to be collected by a leaping Salem.

The first goal came thereafter, in the 10th minute. It was viciously curled in by Sanjeev Stalin off a free-kick from the edge of the box after Amarjit, standing near laid it perfectly for Sanjeev. Rarely do you see goals of that calibre. The plethora of passes has a telling effect. The flanks were operational and by the 21st minute, both Aniket and Boris had even switched ends.

Spurred, India attacked but the rebounds were not just falling to them. In the 24th minute, Komal’s left-footer was collected by a diving Salem. Much against the run of play UAE equalised in the 34th minute. The goal had a bit of drama to it. UAE earned a penalty as Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh foiled Adulla Al Naobi inside the box. But seconds later, even as a diving Dheeraj dived left to palm off Majid Rashid’s placement, UAE scored off the resultant corner – the ball getting deflecting in by Ayadh.

Hardly had the celebrations ended, India struck again off the very next attack. Aniket dribbled past three on the left flank, cut in, ran on the line and laid it for Boris to blast it in. The goal had relief, jubilation and class – it would have been wrong for a Team do much dominant to stay tied at that stage. The match perhaps could have been settled just prior to the interval had Aman’s placement found the target off an Aniket pass. But it was one among those many chances.

Changing over, UAE weathered the storm. They pushed India into their own half and pulled in back in the 53rd minute through Majid Rashid. Stung, India pressed the pedal. In the 56th minute, Boris was a bit too faster to handle on the left flank but he didn’t have the last laugh as a diving Salem kept him at bay. Two minutes later, Salem came to his Team’s rescue again as he fisted away Sanjeev’s dipping free-kick.

India didn’t fade away but UAE looked to be the better side. They preferred to play over the defence line and it paid dividends – the match winner coming through Ahmad Fawzi in the 73rd minute. India play their next match against Saudi Arabia at the PJN Stadium, fatorda, Goa on 18th September 2016.