4-nation football tourney: India U-16 hold Serbia to goalless draw


New Delhi

The Indian U-16 national football team held hosts Serbia to a stalemate draw in the second game of the Four-Nation Tournament here last evening.

The Indian colts had started the match on a positive note and as early as in the third minute, the Indian threat seemed apparent when Rohit Danu pressurized the opposition custodian to committing a mistake which eventually saw Gibson’s shot going wide of the goal.

Coming on the back of a 2-1 win over Jordan, the Indian U-16 team piled pressure on the Serbian defence line and in the 20th minute, Vikram’s shot was saved by the opposition custodian.

The match consisted of two halves of forty minutes each and Vikram was once again held into the fray when is shot from close range went inches wide of the goal in the 52nd minute.

Meanwhile, the Indian defence line and superb goalkeeping by the Indian custodian, who was called into the action often, kept the scoreline tied at 0-0.

In the dying embers of the match, India survived a scare when the Indian custodian spilled a regular save in front of the Serbian attack line but last minute defending by the Indian defence averted the danger infront of goal. The full-time scoreline read 0-0.

The India U-16s will play against Tajikistan in their next clash in the Four-Nation Tournament on May 13 in Serbia.(ANI)

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