The India U-17 team's hunt for a win in the Atletico Paranaense U-17 International tournament continues after the Blue Tigers succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Uruguay U-17 team on Wednesday.
Nicolai Adam, the head coach of the team scheduled to partake in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, watched his side pull one back after Uruguay were up by two goals in the second half, but ultimately fall short in their pursuit of an equalizer.
The German coach made one change to the team that lost 4-0 to Atletico Parananese U-17, with Lalengmawia being handed his first start of the tournament over striker Aman Chettri.
The Blue Colts looked the more convincing side in the early stages of the game but it was Uruguay who took the lead in the 14th minute courtesy a sublime free-kick from the right-flank. Such was the effort that India's goalkeeper Mohammed Nawaz had no-chance of keeping the dead-ball attempt away from bulging his net.
India pushed on for an early equalizer but their efforts went in vain as the scoreboard read a one-goal advantage for the South-American side at the break.
Uruguay came out all guns blazing in the second-half but were kept out by a stunning save from Nawaz in the 55th minute. However, the goalkeeper could not restrict the South-American outfit from doubling their lead as he ultimately succumbed to repeated bombarding, with Uruguay doubling their lead two minutes later.
India's pursuit to get back into the game received a glimmer of hope when the Blue Tigers pulled one back via Komal Thatal. The attacking midfielder's strike was India's first goal in the tournament and gave the Nicolai Adam-coached unit the ascendancy.
India looked to up the ante and push on to level the game, but none of their attempts threatened Uruguay's composure in defense. At full time, the scoreline read 2-1 in favour of La Celeste.