With the bitter defeat to Red Bull Salzburg's U16s still fresh in thir minds, the Indian national U16 team, prepping for the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and touring Germany, took to the field against the Rosenheim U-16s to banish the ghosts that lingered from that 2-3 defeat. However, little did they know they would create a segment of football history themselves, at least in the sphere of Indian football. The U16s thrashed the German academy team by a 14-1 scoreline, with goals coming at the flick of the boots from the toung Indian Tigers. The match took place on Saturday, 8th August.
As with the last friendly India played, the match was reduced to 40 minutes per half.
From the kick-off, India's fifth practice match in Germany, confidence oozed from the fledglings with the first goal arriving in the 6th minute, with Gaston receiving due credit for a superb finish. Then just 3 minutes later, Amarjeet made it 2-0 from the spot, in the 9th minute, as attacker Komal was fouled in the box. The third goal arrived soon after - as Rahul finished off with a thumping effort into the net, whilst the fourth, courtesy of a Ninthoi effort, was added in the 14th.
The young Tigers' defense would soon be punctured though as the German team reduced the deficit in the 20th minute,to make it 4-1. However, the four goal cushion was soon restored as India's Rahul made it 5-1 with his second fo the tie.
The match proceeded to half-time without any further incident as India clearly had the wind in their sails. They came out in the second half as the better team as well, but not before coach Nicolai Adam made a triplet of substitutions with Samsher, Lal and Aman coming on for Nawaz, Suresh and Sanjeev respectively.
Rahul's endeavour soon made it 6-1 in the 43rd, three minutes after kick-off. Ninthoi added his second and India's seventh to the scoreline as he finished a rasping effort whilst just four minutes further ahead Aman converted to hand India a scarcely believable 8-1 lead.
It was to get better for the away side who dominated the evening with their crisp moves and soon added a ninth in the 60th minute, after a number of substituions and at the water-break. The goal was scored by Inayat.
Amarjeet popped up with the goods and ensured India's scoreline reached into the double digits in the 63rd minute, assisted in his efforts by Ninthoi, as he added his second goal to the tally.
Boris, a second half substitute, added two goals in two minutes to ensure the score was 12-1 by the 66th minute.
As the final embers of the match loomed, Ninthoi added his third, thereby completing his hat-trick, as he scored in the 68th minute, whilst the final goal of the evening was added by Aniket in the 75th minute.
Indian U16 Tigers tank 5 goals past Sri Lankans in SAFF U16 championship
Whilst the Indian team touring Germany did the country proud with their efforts on Saturday, the feel good factor was carried over to the U16s currently in Bangladesh participating in the South Asian Football Federation's (SAFF) U16 championships, where they overcame the Pearl Island's U16 team by a 5-0 margin to register their first win in the tournament.
The match got off to a cagey start but the Indians grew in confidence as they pranced around the park and eventually had their opening goal in the 31st minute. Saurabh Meher was at hand to cleanly convert a delicious Rahim Ali throughball and make it 1-0 to the young Tigers on the night.
A match of regular durations this time around (45 minutes per half), India started the stronger and had a two-goal cushion in the 48th minute with a Sri Lankan defender inadvertently turning it into his own net, off an excellent Shahjahan cross.
India's joy would soon expand, almost instantly, as just a minute later in the 49th, Shajahan delivered another peach of a ball from a corner which saw Rakip flick it on for Meher. The forward made no mistake in adding his second goal to the tally and India's third.
Shahjahan, for much of his endeavour, added his name to the scoresheet as he capitalized on a goalkeeping error, after the custodian failed to gather Meher's long-ranger completely and handing it on a platter to the Indian attacker.
The final goal of the evening, in the 75th minute, would see Meher complete his hat-trick, capitalizing on yet another goalkeeping mistake after the 'keeper faield to clear a Saqlain pile-driver adequately.