The Indian U17 football team may have had an eye catching exposure tour in Germany, with some eye catching performances inscribed into their progress diary already. However, the team assembled to participate in the U17 World Cup, hosted in the Subcontinent in 2017, was dismantled by a far superior Bayer Leverkusen U17 side 3-0 in Germany.
In a 6 PM kick-off, India's Boris was the first to take a crack at goal, but his effort from a well taken short corner was far off target. It proved to be a decisive moment as the Bundesliga club's U17 side went up the other side of the pitch, after the restart and opened their account, in the 11th minute.
If the opening goal wounded the young Indian Tigers, then barely two minutes later, slack defending allowed the the Leverkusen-based team to rub sat into them. The Reds ensured a two-goal cushion as early as the 13th minute.
There on in, India's impetus was on getting back into the game and they nearly succeeded in the 23rd minute, but awry finishing let them down, as Komal Thatal shot wide of the target. The half ended without any further incident as the Colts trailed by two at the interval.
the second half began with India taken the bull by its horns and nearly halving the deficit. Aman Chhetri was sent through on goal, but indecision played a key part in foiling the golden opportunity for the Indians. Instead of taking the shot on for himself, Aman tried to set his partner up, which ultimately resulted in a Leverkusen defender haring back to intervene successfully and preventing an easy opportunity for India.
Adding further insult to injury, the Germans then went up the other end of the pitch and scorched in a third goal, in the 47th minute.
India's last chance at a consolation came and went in the flick of a finger, in the 63rd minute. Uncharacteristically shoddy defending by the North-Rhine Westphalian natives saw Aniket Jadhav sent through on goal. He successfully dribbled past the onrushing keeper, but much to his coach Nicolai Adams' dismay, he smashed the ball wide of the open target.
That was the last clear chance of note, as the game ended 3-0 in favour of the German team.
Leverkusen's twitter account also applauded the Indian colts' effort, graciously thanking the Indian team.
Good match guys! Thanks for coming all the way to Germany! https://t.co/X0IzeJRhIN— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) July 7, 2016