Indian U16s register comeback win over SPVGG Greuther Fuerth

The Indian young Tigers earned their spurs by turning a two goal deficit over in a fantastic second half display...

India's U16 squad, currently touring Germany in an exposure tour thought out by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as part of an initiative to increase the technical know-how ahead of the U-17 World Cup in 2017, in India, were victorious against SPVGG Greuther Fuerth U-16s in a friendly match, which was reduced to 40 minutes per half.

The young Tigers beat the German academy by a 3-2 margin, with the match being held in Fuerth. The Indians didn't get off to the brightest of starts with an early goal conceded in the 11th minute, though they headed into this match with confidence sky high having beaten FSV Frankfurt's academy U16s by a 2-0 scoreline in the previous game.

Gaston D’Silva gave much needed impetus into India's attack as he rattled the crossbar. The game remained 1-0 in favour of the hosts uptil half-time. The second half saw the visitors double their advantage in early on, with a penalty kick awarded to the side for a foul by D’Silva himself, in the box.

Unflinching in their efforts, the Indian team had a goal back soon enough as the 44th minute as a foul on Ninthoi saw the referee point to the spot at the opposition end. Amarjeet made no mistake in smashing the ball into the back of the net as India searched for an equalizer. 

The fledglings found themselves on even footing as Aman finished off a brilliant counter initiated by Sanjeev, by completing the move with an artistic finish. With wind in their sails, the U16s then searched for a winner, which would soon arrive. 

Sanjeev, the initiator of the second goal, turned converter in the 54th minute as he completed a neat move with a simple tap into the goal to help India claw themsleves to a 3-2 advantage. 

That's how the game ended with the U16s seeing off the challenge of their German counterparts, and registering a sixth win in eight tour games.