The thermometer may currently indicate an icy ONE-degree celsius in St. Petersburg (at the time of writing), Russia. But the Russian national U18 team subjected their guests, the Indian U17 national team, to a sub-zero humiliation on the pitch, freezing them over by a scoreline that read 8-0 on the afternoon of 8th January 2017.
It was the most unholiest of competitive beginnings in the new year for Nicolai Adam's colts, who flew to Russia to participate in the 29th Valentin Granatkin memorial international Youth Football competition. The tournament, which is in honour of the late Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) President Granatkin, has 16 teams in participation over four groups and India is placed in group B.
The German coach opted to start with the likes of Stalin Sanjeev, Amarjeet Kiyam, Suresh Wangjam, Boris Singh and Mohammed Rakip to name a few.
The start of the brutal pummeling in the Baltic City began in the 4th minute when striker Glushkov was afforded time and space to loop a finish past the Indian goalkeeper.
The junior Sobornaya doubled their lead barely eight minutes later when pandemonium in the Indian box allowed a Russian attacker to shoot at goal. The ball hit the post and rebounded into play where Denisov was well positioned to convert an easy tap-in.
Two would then become three in the space of nine minutes. A superb through ball cleaved the Indian defence and handed striker Glushenkov a one-on-one with the goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh, a move he finished with a delightful lob.
The carnage exacerbated barely four minutes later when Rudenov made it 4-0 with a smartly finished move. The 31st minute saw Glushenkov add his second and fifth overall for the Russians, as the teams went into the half-time interval with a scoreline that read 5-0.
The second-half began with Russia accounting for their sixth goal, as superb wing-play allowed striker Tsypchenko to tap-in with ease.
7th hell beckoned for the young Colts, under fire on all fronts, when Tsypchenko, again, headed in a corner in the 70th minute.
The drubbing, overseen by Mikhail Galaktionov - Russia's U18 coach - was completed by Latchevic in added time of the 2nd half. The scoreboard read an embarrassing 8-0 as the Indian U17 team, scheduled to participate in the U17 World Cup later this year, were expunged in the former imperial capital.
The Indians will now face Belarus' U17 representatives, on Tuesday, 10th January.