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India beat Turkmenistan 3-0, end AFC U-19 Championship qualifying campaign on high

Amarjit Singh opened the scoring in the 74th minute, Abhishek Halder doubled the lead in the 80th and Edmund completed the tally in the 92nd as India defeated Turkmenistan in the AFC U-19 Championship qualifier.

football Updated: Nov 08, 2017 22:06 IST
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India defeated Turkmenistan in their final AFC U-19 Championship qualifying encounter.(AIFF)

India blanked Turkmenistan 3-0 in the last Group D match to end their campaign in the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers on a rousing note in Damman on Wednesday.

Skipper Amarjit Singh opened the scoring in the 74th minute, Abhishek Halder doubled the lead in the 80th and Edmund completed the tally with a strike in the 92nd as India dominated the proceedings for the better part of the game.

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The crowd that gathered at the Prince Mohammad bin Fahad Stadium chanted ‘India! India!’ as Luis Norton de Matos’ players registered their first win of the tournament.

Dominating possession and making frequent forays into the rival citadel, the Indians created innumerable scoring chances in the first half but were somehow not able to break the deadlock.

India’s domination continued in the second half and even as Turkmenistan rarely threatened the opposition citadel, lady luck finally smiled on Matos’ team when Amarjit found the back of the net.

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There was more to come from India as Halder doubled the lead by tapping the ball into an empty six minutes later, and Edmund completed the rout in the injury time.

India, thus, ended the Qualifiers with four points from three matches.

They started with a drubbing at the hands of Saudi Arabia and drew Yemen in their second match.

First Published: Nov 08, 2017 22:03 IST