Road to the U-17 WC: India Colts register 2-0 win against FC Metz U-17 team

The young Indian side beat the French outfit courtesy goals scored by Sarkar and Komal as they prepare for the big spectacle as hosts next year

The India U-17 World Cup squad beat FC Metz U-17 by a scoreline of 2-0 at the Sports Complex in Tremery, France, on Saturday.

Nicolai Adam's young wards had the lion’s share of possession in the match and manufactured goal scoring opportunities at will, but were left reeling as chances were seldom converted.

In the 10th minute, India had a golden chance to surge into lead but Suresh failed to tap home Komal's cross after the opposition custodian fluffed his lines. Komal’s shot in the 40th minute came close to taking the lead for the Indian colts but the rival goalkeeper pushed it away, as the half-time scoreline read 0-0.

Abhijit Sarkar once again proved to be the trump card for the Indians. He latched on to Komal's cross from the left flank to give his side the lead in the 56th minute.

In the 81st minute, India doubled their lead when Komal’s rasping shot took a wicked deflection and crept in the back of the net.

The Indian defence stood strong to see out the match as the full-time scoreline read 2-0 in India’s favour.