India U-19 lose 1-3 to Serbia

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Floyd Pinto's side conceded three goals in the first half and couldn't get back into the game...

India U-19 suffered a 1-3 defeat to Serbia U-19 in their second friendly fixture at the training centre of the Serbia Football Association on Monday. The hosts had won the first game 2-0.

The Blue Colts looked comfortable on the ball in the early minutes of the match but it was Serbia who started the scoring. The defence lost the ball in their own half and Serbia's Bojic Bojan pounced with a solo effort to make it 1-0.

The Serbians received another gift from the visitors at the half-hour mark. Goalkeeper Prabsukhan Gill's attempt to play out from the back was intercepted and punished by Ognjenovic Marko.

With the defence looking shaky, the hosts piled up the pressure. Just before the half-time, the defenders' failure to clear a straightforward corner allowed Serbia to score their third goal. 

Poacher's play from Rahim Ali allowed him to notch a goal close to the break. Abhijit picked up Aman's through ball and delivered a cross to Rahim who made no mistake from close-range. 

After three goals in the first half, India improved by leaps and bounds towards the end of the match but couldn't convert their chances.