The Blue Colts kicked-off their campaign with a win against Oman.
India started their AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers campaign with a satisfying win against Oman. Rahim Ali and Vikram Pratap Singh were on the scoresheet for the Blue Colts, as they won 1-2. The Colts looked great as a team and have made their intentions clear:
Dheeraj Singh Moirangnthem – 7.5
The shot-stopper kept his cool throughout the game. He pulled off a lot of good saves and denied Oman’s clear-cut chances. Although he couldn’t manage to keep a clean sheet, his performance was splendid.
Asish Rai – 7.2
Asish displayed why he is considered to be one of India’s bright prospects. He kept the Omani attackers at bay. The full-back also contributed in the attacking third, with a few overlapping runs and threatening crosses.
Deepak Tangri – 8.5
Tangri was India’s standout performer against Oman. He cleared everything that came his way. He was the most important player in India’s backline, as he registered the maximum number of clearances and blocks.
Narender Gahlot – 6.7
Gahlot formed a formidable partnership with Deepak Tangri at the heart of the Indian defence. Alike his defensive partner, he played his role relatively well.
Akash Mishra – 7.0
Hyderabad FC’s young sensation had a good outing against Oman. He was active defensively, with his valuable clearances and blocks. In the attacking third, he made overlapping runs and played an important role in India’s second goal.
Suresh Singh Wangjam – 7.5
Suresh produced a real captain’s performance against Oman. He brought his special energy into midfield and made it tough for Oman to pass him by. The skipper held the midfield together and also came back to help his defenders every time Oman looked dangerous.
Jeakson Singh – 7.0
Jeakson played the role of a supportive midfielder to Suresh. He helped the team maintain their shape with his balanced approach in attack and defence.
Vikram Pratap Singh – 8.0
Vikram was a livewire in the opposition half for India. He played a huge role in India’s opening goal as he won the penalty. Vikram netted the second goal taking his tally for Indian youth teams to 19 goals. He also tracked back to help the defenders and gave a good account of himself.
Rahul KP – 8.0
Rahul was a constant threat to Oman every time he went forward with the ball. He helped India create quite a few promising counter-attacks. The 21-year-old also brought the keeper into action a few times with his trickery and speed.
Rahim Ali- 9.0
Rahim Ali showcased a complete performance for India. He scored the opening goal from the spot and assisted the second. At times, he dropped deep to help the defenders clear danger. He was undoubtedly the best player among the 22 on the pitch.
Aniket Jadhav – 6.5
Aniket’s energetic performance ended without any notable contributions. He sent in good crosses from the right flank every time he had the ball.
Ruivah Hormipam – 7.0
Hormipam combined well with Deepak and Narender to ensure India’s win. He also cancelled out Oman’s chances to equalize late in the second half with important blocks and tackles.
Amarjit Singh Kiyam – 6.8
The former U-17 skipper came in to replace Aniket Jadhav. He made his presence felt in midfield alongside Suresh and Jeakson.
Bryce Miranda – 6.5
The Churchill Brothers midfielder replaced Vikram and was slotted in as a left midfielder. He troubled the Oman defence with his fresh legs. and also made notable defensive contributions for India in injury-time.