FIFA U17 World Cup Prep - Belenenses U17 2-1 India U17 - Late Azuis surge leaves young Tigers winless in Portugal

Luis Norton de Matos saw his India U17 team beaten yet again as failure to grasp and lock a lead becomes a sticky affair...

The Indian national U-17 football team, primed to participate in the FIFA U17 World Cup later this year, were consigned to a narrow defeat by their hosts Belenenses, in what was their second match on Portuguese soil as part of an exposure tour.

The match was contested at the Jamor stadium in Lisbon on Tuesday, 25th April.

The match began as a cagey affair and the only real chance of note fell to the Indian Tiger Cubs in the 29th minute. Shahjahan's intuition saw him head over to an unmarked Aniket Jadhav in the box. However, the Jadhav's overconfidence led to him scuffing the opportunity. 

That chance seemed to be atoned for by Rahim in the 35th minute. An inviting corner was gobbled up by the tall player whose headed effort left the opposition keeper with next to no chance as the visitors took the lead.

1-0 nearly became 2-0 in the 41st minute but another golden opportunity was laid for Jadhav, who failed to take advantage of Ali's fantastic through ball in the attacking third. The teams went into their dressing rooms, with the junior Azuis staring at a deficit.

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However, the scoreline would be turned on its head in the second half.

The home team came close to equalising in the 58th minute first, when an effort cannoned off the woodwork, while the 60th minute saw last ditch defending from the Indians thwart a ripe opportunity for Belenenses to score.

Seven manic minutes would then define the national team's efforts in this game. The  Portuguese Primeira Liga's colts first equalised through Castro in the 70th minute, before the striker made it a double for himself in the 77th minute with a neat finish from within the box. 

Despite huffing and puffing, the colts returned from the chase empty handed, at the end of ninety minutes.

This was Luis Norton de Matos' second game in charge ending in a defeat, after Vitoria de Setubal defeated the Young Tigers by the same scoreline earlier.  


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