India U-17 equalize in stoppage time to hold Real Madrid in thriller
The Blue Colts impress with their relentless attacking approach to earn a draw at the Spanish capital.
The India U-17 boys played out a hard-fought 3-3 draw against Real Madrid U-17 in a training game for the AFC U-17 Asian Cup in Madrid on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
The India U-17s are currently in Madrid, Spain, where they are playing a series of practice matches as part of their preparation for the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023, which will take place in Thailand in June, this year.
Under head coach Bibiano Fernandes, the Blue Cubs have played three preparatory matches against Atletico de Madrid U-17 (4-1), CD Leganes U-18 (0-2), and Atletico Madrileno (2-1).
Madrid strike first
Madrid took the lead in the 37th minute through Arevalo, but the Blue Colts only took a minute to level the score when Shashwat found the back of the net off a cross from skipper Korou, who had a good day in office.
India surged into the lead when Ralte found the target three minutes after the break. Shashwat had set it up perfectly for Ralte to slot it home, but the home side scored two quick goals through A. Sanchez (52’, 69’). However, it was Gangte’s 90th minute strike off a Korou cross that brought the equaliser.
India attack in waves
In other actions of the match, the Indian colts availed themselves of several attacking opportunities from the start and in the 14th minute, Shashwat’s shot was cleared by Real Madrid’s Borja inside the 6-yard box.
As India continued to attack, Ralte and Ricky looked lively throughout the first half and weaved their way past a multitude of defenders to create chances for India.
Changing over, the Indian boys started to show more intent as the game resumed. India had the best chance to take the lead when the score was 2-2, but Shashwat’s rebound shot from a free-kick hit the crossbar.
Starting XI: Sahil (GK); Ricky Meetei Haobam, Surajkumar Singh, Mukul Panwar (Pramveer 75’), Malemngamba Thokchom, Danny Meitei (AkashTirkey 75’), Gurnaj Singh, Lalpekhlua (Gogocha Chungkham 75’), Korou Singh Thingujam, Vanlalpeka Guite (Omang 85’), Shashwat Panwar (Gangte 75).
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