India, who finished on 9 points, will take on Bangladesh U20 in the final, which is scheduled to take place on August 5. In the previous match, Bangladesh U20 played a 1-1 draw with Nepal U20.
Substitute Gurkeerat Singh blasted the net in the 89th minute to make up the difference between the two teams. Parth Gogoi’s grounder gets a deflection, and Gurkeerat’s rasper lifts the net from inside the box.
For all their dominance and penetration, whose chances fell on both sides, the Indian colts, who scored 8 runs in their last encounter against Nepal U20, were guilty of not being able to capitalize on the opportunities they created. He also hit the crosspiece in the 67th minute.
The Indian colts, however, suffered a setback when the tournament’s highest ever goalscorer Parthib Gogoi was handed a marching order in the 90th minute.
India got their first real chance in the 15th minute. Maheson went past one, ran into empty territory and played between defenders for Himanshu Jangra to create panic in the opponent’s defence. First, Himanshu’s effort was stalled, and Parthib Gogoi’s shot was also blocked by the resulting clearance. And when he fell again to Himanshu, he could not trap him with a scuffle.
In the 26th minute, Himanshu closed it for Parthib, who dropped down the right, entered the box, and from the resulting clearance he fell to Himanshu, whose stab was deflected by rival goalkeeper Yusuf Abdullah.
As long as Maldivian was content to defend the numbers, head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh, in an attempt to increase the numbers inside the opponent’s box, went for a double replacement in the 31st minute itself – striker Gurkeerat Singh coming in for an injured Raj Basfour. , and Vinay Harjee replaced Vibin Mohanan.
About six minutes later Gurkeerat was in trouble, but Yusuf fell down to take a free-kick.
In the 42nd minute, Himanshu entered the box, dodging his marker, but his left foot was saved by Yousuf for a corner. The very next minute Himanshu missed the easiest chance of the first half. Overall a loose ball fell on him. But he went for power and missed the target.
An unchallengeable Mahesan Singh had another chance in extra time when he latched on to the Amandeep cross, but failed to make it into the net as both teams went goalless at intervals.
Converting, India immediately launched an infiltration but Himanshu’s shot was over. The Indians were attacking in numbers till then, but the wait for the target continued.
Shubho Paul came in as a substitute in the 67th minute for Sibjit Leemapokpam.
India got another corner in the 82nd minute after Parthib’s cross fell on Brijesh Giri outside the box. But as he attempted to move away from his marker, the rival defense recovered in time to deny him.
In the 86th minute, Bikash Yumnam, all clear and in the 6-yard box, jumped high to add Gurkeerat’s cross, but was unable to slot into the home. Two back-to-back corners fell in the Indian’s way in the 87th minute, but he missed a moustache when Himanshu jumped higher in his attempt to put it on.
Gurkeerat scored in the 89th minute, but India still had chances and Amandeep missed perhaps the easiest of the second half. Despite his full pity on Yusuf, he failed to harness it.
Earlier, Maldivian’s only effort on the Indian goal had come in the very first minute, but Indian goalkeeper Som Kumar dived to his right – fully stretched to keep Zain Zafar away from the free-kick.
India: Som Kumar; Raj Basfore (Gurkeerat Singh – 31st), Helen Nongtdu, Bikash Yumnam, Amandeep; Sibjit Leemapokpam (Shubho Paul-67th), Mahesan Singh, Vibin Mohanan (Vinay Harjee-31st), Brijesh Giri, Parthib Gogoi, Himanshu Jangra (Captain).
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