Category: Football

Indian u-17 team loses to Tajikistan

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.

Vineeth’s Hat-Trick Powers Bengaluru FC To The Top

Bengaluru, Jan 18: Star striker C K Vineeth’s hat-trick helped defending champions Bengaluru FC thrash Mumbai FC 3-0 in a match of the Hero I-League played at Sree Kanteerava stadium here on Wednesday.

Vineeth scored the first goal in the dying moments of the first half, as hosts entered the break with a 1-0 lead. In the 57th minute the Keralite doubled the lead, before scoring his third goal of the match in the 65th minute.

After today’s match, BFC maintained their top position in the points table with nine points from three matches, while Mumbai FC slipped from third position to fifth.

Bengaluru FC will next play Kingfisher East Bengal on 22nd of this month at Barasat stadium, Kolkata. On the other hand, Mumbai FC will host Aizawl FC at Cooperage stadium also on same day.

Final Score:
Bengaluru FC – 3 (CK Vineeth 45’+1’, 57’, 65’) beat Mumbai FC – 0

Hero of the Match – CK Vineeth

Kingfisher East Bengal score comfortable win over Churchill Brothers

Goa, Jan 18: Kingfisher East Bengal beat Churchill Brothers FC Goa 2-0 in a Hero I-League 2016-17 third round match at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Wednesday.

Haokip put the visitors ahead in the 31st minute. In the dying moments of the first half, Ugandan defender Bukenya doubled the lead, as the Kolkata side went into half-time with a 2-0 lead.

After today’s match, East Bengal are third in the points table with seven points from three matches, while Goa side is second from the bottom after suffering its third straight defeat.

Kingfisher East Bengal will host Bengaluru FC at the Barasat stadium on 22nd of this month. While, Churchill Brothers FC Goa will next play DSK Shivajians at Balewadi stadium, Pune on 21st of January.

Final Score:
Churchill Brothers FC Goa – 0 lost to Kingfisher East Bengal – 2 (Haokip 31′, Bukenya 45’+1′)

Hero of the Match – Lalrindika Ralte

India U-17 World Cup team loses to Estonia 1-2

Moscow, Jan 15: The India U-17 football team lost to Estonia U-18 side 1-2 in the Valentin Granatkin Memorial Cup here on Sunday.

The match was a play-off for 9th to 12th positions. India took the lead when Joysana’s shot deflected off Pihelgas to roll into his own net in the 37th minute.

Estonia equalised in the 70th minute with Sorga dribbling his way into the box, as his left-footer left the Indian goalkepeer Dheeraj Singh stranded. The European side sealed the match in the 87th minute when, Pihelgas won the second ball before net ting it.

India will now contest for positions between 13th to 16th after the loss.

Final Score:
India 1 (Joysana 37′) lost to Estonia 2 (Sorga 70′, Pihelgas 87′)

India retains SAFF Women’s Championship 2016 trophy

Siliguri, Jan 4: India beat Bangladesh 3-1 in the final at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri on Wednesday to win their fourth SAFF Women’s Championship title in as many editions.

Dangmei Grace scored the first goal in the 12th minute. In the 40th minute, Shopna scored the equaliser. Both teams headed into the half time 1-1.

Sasmita Malik put India ahead in the 60th minute. A howler by the Bangladesh Goalkeeper in the 67th compounded Bangladesh’s misery & held onto the lead to secure the SAFF title for the 4th consecutive time

India has an enviable record of 18 wins and one draw out of 19 matches that they have played in the tounament’s history so far.

Final Score:

India 3 (Dangmei Grace 12′, Sasmita Malik 60′, Indumathi 67′) beat Bangladesh 1 (Sirat Jahan Shopna 40′)

Starting XI (India): Aditi Chauhan (GK), Umapati Devi Thokchom, Ashalata Devi Loitongbam, Manisa Panna, Premi Devi Yumlembam, Kamla Devi Yumnam, Bala Devingangom (C), Sasmita Malik, Dangmei Grace, Indumathi Kathiresan, Dalima Chhibber.

India rout Afghanistan in SAFF Women’s Championship 2016

Siliguri  Dec, 27: Indian team began its SAFF Women’s Championship 2016 campaign in style as they routed Afghanistan in Afghanistan by a 5-1 margin in the Group B opener at the Kanchenjunga Stadium here on Tuesday.

Kamala Devi opened the scoreline in the third minute even before the spectators could settle. The early goal instilled more vigour into the Indian girls to change the gear in their pursuit of more goals. At the stroke of the half-hour mark, the referee awarded a penalty in the favour of the hosts and ‘AIFF Women’s Player of the Year’ Sasmita Malik didn’t waste the chance to double the lead from the 6-yard spot. Afghani girls were trying to consolidate the game in the middle but India netted the third goal three minutes later from a brilliant piece of individual skill of Kamala Devi. She sneaked past the opposition defender from the left, cut into the penalty box and whacked the back of the net, leaving the goalie stranded. In the dying minutes of the first half, Grace joined the party to take the scoreline to unassailable 4-0.

After the changeover, it was a completely different Afghanistan outfit who came out of the dressing room and the game was not a one-way traffic anymore. Afghanistan players tried to control the game from their half and started building up attacks to break the Indian defiance. Although the Indian defenders show their resilience to thwart the Afghani girls’ every effort, finally the deadlock was broken two minutes to the end of the regulation time. Muhtaz Farkhunda tapped it home to net their first goal of the tournament sending the Afghanistan dressing room into a delirium. Three minutes later, ‘AIFF Emerging Player of the Year’ Sanju nailed the final one in the Afghani coffin to seal the victory for the defending champions.

India are slated to take on neighbours Bangladesh on the last day of the year while Afghanistan will meet Bangladesh in their must-win fixture on December 29, 2016.

Full Time Score:

India – 5 (Kamala Devi 3′ & 32′; Sasmita Malik 29′; Grace 45+2′; Sanju 90+2′) beat Afghanistan – 1 (Muhtaz Farkhunda 88′)