The Indian national U17 squad, which is scheduled to participate in the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) U16 Championships next month, continued their warm-up to the big tournament with another big exposure tour win over German Regionalliga West (IV) side Rot-Weiss Oberhausen's U16 side in Duisburg on Sunday, 14th August. The Blue Colts won 4-1.
Nicolai Adam, coach of the U17s, chose not to field a much changed line-up after their 6-0 thrashing of United States of America (USA) side GFL Soccer Enterprises. Aman Chetri began in attack for the Blues, while Sanjeev Stalin, Aniket Jadhav, Komala Thattal, Amarjit Singh and Abhijit Sarkar earned their starting slots in the middle of the park. Boris Singh Thangjam was rested as Mohammed Sarif Khan, Jitendra Singh and Kerala's Mohammed Rakip manned the defense. The national U17 number one, Mohammad Nawaz, would retain his starting sport between the sticks as well.
They began on the best possible note for the visitors in the 4th minute. Jadhav's fantastic ball into the box was pounced upon by Sarkar, who left the opposition goalkeeper with little chance, as he thwacked the ball into the back of the net, as the scoreline read 1-0, in favour of the Blue Colts.
The lead however, lasted barely nine minutes, as Oberhausen made a fitting reply, scoring off a counter-attack.
India's advantage would be restored in the 37th minute through a fine corner. Jadhav was the first to react, prodding home from a tight situation in the box to make it 2-1 on the day. That's how the scoreline would read, as the referee blew for half-time.
The second-half began with the Indians on the front foot. Stalin handed the ball on a platter to Wangjam with an inch-perfect pass, but somehow the latter fired wide in the 49th minute.
A match that had been flip-flopping between the opposition, finally saw the Colts put daylight between themselves and the home side. Stalin stood over a free-kick in shooting range and did justice to the effort by curling it in past Oberhausen's shotstopper, for India's third and his first of the tie.This was in the 73rd minute.
The match looked like it would end on with the same scoreline, until defender Singh pounced on a chance in the 85th minute to extend the lead for Adams' side to three goals.
That's how the game would end for the young Tigers, by a 4-1 scoreline as the side earmarked to participate in the U17 World Cup, in India in 2017, await their next opponents.