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India Under-17 football team loses to Portugal’s Vitoria de Setubal

The India Under-17 football team dominated possession in the opening minutes of the match, but Portugal’s Vitoria de Setubal U-17 team created the first goal-scoring chance of the match in the 16th minute. Aniket Jadhav scored for India while Bruno Ventura scored for Setubal

football Updated: Apr 18, 2017 19:47 IST
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The India Under-17 football team are in an exposure trip in Portugal, preparing for the Under-17 World Cup to be played in India later in the year.
The India Under-17 football team are in an exposure trip in Portugal, preparing for the Under-17 World Cup to be played in India later in the year.(fifa.com)

India Under-17 football team lost 1 -2 to Portugal’s Vitoria de Setubal U-17 in its first practice match of the exposure trip at the Jose Mourinho Training Center in Troia, Lisbon, on Tuesday.

In a closely-fought match, the Indian juniors, who are getting ready for the Under-17 World Cup to be played in India later this year, matched their opponents, but the chances created were wasted.

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Though the Indian team dominated possession in the opening minutes of the match, Setubal U-17 created the first goal-scoring chance of the match in the 16th minute when they rattled the Indian crossbar.

However, they could take the lead only in the 38th minute after Bruno Ventura scored from a penalty kick that was awarded for a reckless Indian tackle inside the box.

The half-time scoreline read 1-0 in favour of Setubal U- 17.

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After the break, the Indian colts upped the ante and pressed for the equaliser.

But Aniket Jadhav’s shot in the 47th minute went inches over the bar and a minute later his shot again flew whiskers wide of the goal.

The Indians finally managed to equalise in the 67th minute with Aniket successfully scoring from the penalty spot this time around.

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India tried to take the lead but could not find the net, even as Setubal U-17 struck in the 85th minute to seal off the match in their favour.

India U-17 will next face Belenenses on April 25 in Jamor, Portugal.