The Indian Under-23 man squad, currently on an exposure tour to Czech Republic in light of the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, were beaten 1-0 in their first friendly game against the Czech fourth league side Senco Doubravka in Pilsen.
The club’s striker Kutak was on call to convert the chance presented to him close to the death.
In what was relatively dull first half affair, India’s star striker Robin Singh should’ve put the visitors ahead but miffed his lines in the 17th minute as he failed to convert a one-on-one with the keeper.
The second half saw Wim Koevermans, Dutch coach for the Indian team, ring about the changes, with four of them coming immediately on after the interval.
Salam Singh replaced Sandesh Jhingan, Lalrindika Ralte occupied Milan Singh’s berth, Pronay Halder came on for Rowlin Borges and Boithang Haokip took Robin’s place.
The substitutions almost paid off, with Ralte looking lively but failing to score from two sitter opportunities. The story that followed was nothing different with Alwyn George ensuring he missed another golden opportunity for the Blue Tigers in the 80th minute.
What happened next was sheer heartbreak as Kutak netted from close range, something the Indians failed to do, in the 85th minute. Mandar Rao Desai, nearly evened the tie just a minute later but his effort hit the crossbar, denying what was the last opportunity to level the game.