SAFF U-19 Championship 2015: India qualify for semi finals after defeating Maldives

India qualify for semi finals of SAFF U-19 Championship 2015
India U-19 qualified for the semi finals of SAFF U-19 Championship 2015 after
defeating Maldives 3-0, Picture Courtesy:
SAFF U-19 Championship 2015, Nepal
India U-19 3-0 Maldives U-19
India: Moinuddin(41st), Lalramzuava(46th), Anirudh Thapa(76th)

The Indian U-19 National Team qualified for the semi-finals of the SAFF U-19 2015 Championship as they defeated Maldives 3-0 on Tuesday (August 25, 2015) at the ANFA HQ in Satdobato, Nepal.

The Indian colts will now clash swords against Bangladesh on August 27, 2015 for a spot in the Finals of the Championship, which is slated to kick-off on August 29, 2015.

Following close on the heels of a splendid 2-0 win against Afghanistan, the Indian contingent once again fused attacking fluidity with defensive solidity, as they edged out their opponents.

Dominating possession from the start, the Indian contingent earned a free-kick in the opening minutes of the match in a dangerous position. Although the free-kick went abegging, the colts continued to pile the pressure and raid the opponent’ citadel.

A drilling Moinuddin header in the 10th minute, following a delightful cross from Japis, went whiskers wide of the goal.

Edging ever closer to the goal, the Colts hit the woodwork in the 20th minute as a blasted free-kick rattled the crossbar.

With the colts maintaining their pressure and pushing their opponents to play inside their own box, dividends, sooner or later, had to come. And it did in the 41st minute of the match when Moinuddin latched onto a loose ball, only to slot home comfortably past the custodian.

A penalty kick late into the first half went abegging for Maldives and at half-time the scoreline reflected 1-0 in favor of the Indian contingent.

Changing over, and the Colts doubled their lead in the 46th minute, when Lalramzuava slotted his ball home, following a cut-back by Daniel.

Minutes later the colts came close to tripling their lead as Sarthak’s shot ricocheted off the post, after an uncanny clearance from a corner kick.

Controlling the tempo of the match, the Colts put their tie to bed as they tripled their lead in the 71st minute, when Anirudh Thapa scored a beauty from long-range, following a cut-back from Prashant.

A sterling Indian performance was safeguarded by the defence, and at the end of full-time the scoreline read 3-0. 
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