AFC U19 Qualifiers: India handed third consecutive defeat by Pakistan

India out after third Consecutive Defeat

India U19 1-2 Pakistan U19
India: Joychand Singh(55')
Pakistan: Bilwal-ur-Rehman(32',42')

India bowed out of the AFC U19 Qualifiers with a defeat against Pakistan. Pakistan took the lead in the 32nd minute through Bilwal-ur-Rehman who went on to score one more in the 42nd minute which put the match beyond India's grasp, who found it hard to adjust to the snowy conditions. India however managed to put one back through Johnnychand Singh in the 55th minute.

India found it hard to cut through the rival defense by controlling the midfield which was their highlight against heavyweights like Iran and Uzbekistan. Perhaps the absence of Brandon Fernandes was felt as he had to sit out because of getting a red card in the previous match. India however have anyone but themselves to blame for their poor display in front of the goal when the pressed hard for the equalizer in the second half after Johnychand Singh's goal.

Indian Line-up:

Ravi Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Bikramjit Singh (Arijeet Singh – 45th), Sonu, Narayan Das; Johnnychand Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Pronay Halder, Anto Xavier (Rajinder Kumar – 85th), Holicharan Narzary (Sumit Passi – 77th), Malswamfela (C)

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