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Asian Games 2010: Kuwait Two Good For India As Sukhwinder’s Boys Face First Defeat

India U-23 team kicked off their Asian Games campaign at the Huadu Stadium in Guangzhou against Kuwait. While the Men in Blues opted for a defensive approach, the West Asian side blanked India to notch three points for them.

Khaled Matar scored a brace for Kuwait to seal the match in their favour.

The winless streak for the India Colts continues as they failed once again to register a victory after having lost their last international match against Vietnam.

Coach Sukhwinder Singh started with Denzil Franco, Rowilson Rodrigues, D. Ravanan and Robert L. at the back with skipper Joaquim Abranches, Manish Maithani, Jewel Raja and Jibon Singh forming the midfield.

JCT striker Balwant Singh and Jeje Lalpekhlua started as the two forwards for the South Asian champions.

It took just six minutes for the newly crowned West Asian Champions to score.

The SAFF Cup winners tried hard to find an equalizer but the final passes were not great and a physically strong Kuwait defence was strong enough to restrict nimble footed Balwant Singh.

Abranches came close to score just minutes before the half time whistle but the Kuwait custodian Abdulaziz Mazrouq wasn't too disturbed.

To induce some fresh legs in the attack, Sukwhinder introduced young sensation Malswamfela in a bid to score the all important equalizer. But the team ended up conceding a second goal in the injury time of second half.

Khaled Alazemi scored his second of the evening to seal the match for Kuwait. Churchill Brothers defender Robert was shown the yellow card for a strong tackle in the dying moments of the game.


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