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India U-16 forced to a goalless draw against Serbia

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India came close to capitalizing but could not finish off the chance.

The Indian U-16 National Team currently participating in the Four-Nation Tournament held hosts Serbia to a goalless stalemate on Friday.

The Indian Colts had started the match on a positive note and as early as the 3rd minute the Indian threat seemed apparent when Rohit Danu pressurized the opposition custodian to committing a mistake which eventually saw Gibson’s shot going wide of the goal.

Coming on the back of a 2-1 win over Jordan, the Indian U-16s piled pressure on the Serbian defence line and in the 20th minute, Vikram’s shot was saved by the opposition custodian.



The match consisted of two halves of forty minutes each and Vikram was once again held into the fray when is shot from close range went inches wide of the goal in the 52nd minute.


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Meanwhile, the Indian defence line and superb goalkeeping by the Indian custodian, who was called into the action often, kept the scoreline tied at 0-0.

In the dying embers of the match, India survived a scare when the Indian custodian spilled a regular save in front of the Serbian attack line but last minute defending by the Indian defence averted the danger in front of goal. The full-time scoreline read 0-0.

The India U-16s will play Tajikistan next in the Four-Nation Tournament on May 13, 2018 in Serbia.

Published: Sat May 12, 2018 12:30 AM IST

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