India bow out of AFC U-23 Championships qualifiers after loss to Tajikistan

first_img Next India bow out of AFC U-23 Championships qualifiers after loss to TajikistanAFC U-23 Championships qualifiers: India lost their second group stage match to Tajikistan 2-0 and bowed out of the tournament. India had lost their first match to Uzbekistan.advertisement Press Trust of India TashkentMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 21:12 IST AFC U-23 Championships qualifier: India failed to score in their loss to Tajikistan. (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia U-23 national team lost 2-0 to Tajikistan at the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiersIndia had lost their tournament opener to defending champions Uzbekistan 3-0Daler Yodgorov and Solehov scored in Tajikistan’s victoryThe Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here Sunday.Daler Yodgorov’s 30th minute strike and Solehov’s 85th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign, ending without a point out of a maximum six.The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay.In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough at the Pakhtakor Stadium.India could have surged ahead into lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golui’s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his lines; courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound.After a nervy start, the Indian team found themselves some bright spots and in the 27th minute, Rahim Ali found Komal Thatal inside the box. With defenders closing in, Komal could only launch the ball over the woodwork in an attempt to give India the lead.India’s attacking momentum was short-lived as Tajikistan took the lead in the 30th minute with Daler finding the back of the India net from inside the box.Attempting to find the equalizer before half-time, Rahim Ali went on a run down the middle and found Anirudh Thapa, whose shot was blocked by the Tajik defence line.advertisementHT: India trail by a solitary goal to nil against Tajikistan.1-0 #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #TJKIND Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 24, 2019India’s quest for the equaliser kept them on their toes and soon after the second half restarted, India cajoled an opportunity in the 48th minute. Rahim Ali brought the ball down inside the box and passed it to an onrushing Abdul Sahal, who failed to hit the target from outside the box.Restricting the opponents in the half for much of the second half, India had a chance in the 60th minute and once again it fell to Sarthak Golui, who headed wide a Vinit Rai free-kick.India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score a goal but could not find the decisive goal. Tajikistan held on to their slender lead and committed bodies in defence.Also Read | India lose opener to defending champions UzbekistanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow AFC U23 Championship QualifierFollow India U-23Follow India vs TajikistanFollow Tajikistan vs Indialast_img read more

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