New Delhi, Jan 20: The Indian u-17 team lost 0-1 to Tajikistan in the Valentin Granatkin Memorial Cup 2017 held at Russia. The defeat saw India finish last in the 16 team tournament with only one win (against Belarus) in five matches.
The 1st half saw a complete defensive play by both the teams. India tried to dominate possession but failed to create goal scoring opportunities. Tajikistan on the other had relied on counter attacks.With neither of the teams able to find the net, the half line score read 0-0.
In the 59th minute Tajikistan were reduced to 10 men when its captain was sent off. Playing a man down, Tajikistan committed men into defense and made it hard for the Indian boys. The lone goal of the match came in the 80th minute when U Sharipov gave Tajikistan the lead. The Indian boys pressed hard for the equalizer but failed to score and the full time score read 1-0 in Tajikistan’s favour.