India colts downed as U-19 & U-16 sides suffer defeats

It was a dismal day at the office for Indian Colts after confidence sapping results.

The India U19 national team were hammered 0-7 against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 Qualifiers, followed by the India U16 side losing to Levante’s U19 side 2-3.

The India U19s looked to make amends against UAE coming on the back of a 1-0 defeat versus hosts Palestine. The Colts pressed high but were undone early after a penalty was awarded to the Middle-East side in the 14th minute.

They missed the best opportunity of the game to level proceedings in the 26th minute courtesy an Amey Ranawade free-kick which shaved the post and went out for a corner.

India’s grip on the afternoon did not last long with UAE scoring yet again to double their lead in the 34th minute from a corner kick. Back to back goals for UAE in the dying minutes of the first half resulted in a rather dismal setting with India trailing 4-0 at half-time.

Head coach Lee Johnson decided to initiate changes into the back-line to prevent further embarrassment but to no effect. UAE were up to 5-0 in the 65th minute and added two more further on.

The Indian U19s play Afghanistan in their third and final match of the AFC U-19 Qualifiers on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a resilient India U16 side went down 2-3 against U19 Levante International in their last piece of action on their tour of Spain.

Goals from Komal in the 50th minute and a penalty from Amarjit in the 80th minute provided the Colts with some positives. However, most of the proceedings were dominated by the Spanish side with ease.

Levante International lead 1-0 at the interval and sealed the win in the 90th minute. The game brought to an end over a two-month exposure Tour of the future World Cup squad to Germany, Iran and Spain.