The Indian Colts locked horns with U-17 side of Macedonia on Wednesday as a part of their exposure visit to Europe. Luis Norton's youngsters drew against the Red Lynxes in what was a cagey affair at Kaposvar, Hungary.
The Indian side comprised regular starters Komal, Aniket, Ali and Sarkar. The cubs battled it out against Macedonia after succeeding in restricting Serbia to a goalless draw last week.
The tie kick started with the Indian side seeing much of the ball as compared to their opposition. Komal Thatal contributed from the left flank but his team-mates failed to create chances in the middle of the park. In response to the Colts' playmaking attempts, the Red Lions resorted to commanding from their backline, however Gill and co. did well to exert pressure on Macedonia.
Having cancelled out each others' creativity on the field, the two sides failed to break the deadlock in the initial half. The score-line read 0-0 at the half-time whistle as no penetration was witnessed in the midfield by either of the teams.
In the second half, Macedonia started on a positive note by mounting force on Luis Norton's young army. But the defensive forces of India did well to cancel out the danger and later attack on the counter. However, the game slowed down subsequently as the two teams continued trying to outclass each other.
Towards the dying moments of the game, India's medios put in efforts to create action from the right wing but the lack of accuracy saw the attempts go in vain. Eventually the game ended in a 0-0 result at Hungary as the Macedonians failed to convert from the chances in the added time.
India U-17 - 0
Macedonia U-17 - 0
Another disciplined performance especially by the defence #BackTheBlue #ColtsInEurope pic.twitter.com/2cAbVbTz9R — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 14, 2017