India is a sports-loving country and with passing time various sports like Badminton and Football are gaining popularity after Cricket. One of the major reason for the increased awareness on Football is Indian Football team’s captain Sunil Chhetri whose exceptional play has made Indians notice the game much more than earlier.
In a recent historic match of the Under-20, our team registered a victory over 6-time U20 World Cup champions Argentina in the COTIF Cup in Spain.
Deepak Tangri (4th minute) and Anwar Ali (68') were the stars for the Indian U-20 team last night as the Floyd Pinto-coached side scripted a historic result against the traditional giants. India goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill pulled off a couple of brilliant saves in the 56th minute and another with his fingertips in the 61st minute.
"This victory will definitely earn Indian Football more respect in the world of football. It opens up a window of opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the World on a regular basis," Floyd Pinto, India U20 Football Team Coach said.
Earlier, India had lost 0-2 to Murcia before going down 0-3 to Mauritania. They were held to a draw by Venezuela in their previous match in the tournament.
"It's unbelievable! I am a very proud Indian today. This win is a testament to the efforts and belief of the All India Football Federation in moving forward towards developing the youth of the country. We have a renewed belief that with the right support & exposure we are capable to compete with the best teams in the world," added Pinton.
The Initial goal boosted the confidence of India and after the first half, India lead 1-0. India continued to look for another goal and a brilliantly struck free-kick taken by Anwar Ali in the 68th gave the Asian side a 2-0 lead.
"The one thing missing from our continued development through this tournament were goals. I am really happy the boys adapted so quickly and effectively to the changes we made post our first gamer. I just couldn’t have asked for a better reaction," the India coach said.
"The bench was understandably ecstatic yet calm as there was a lot of football yet to be played. Deepak Tangri's goal was one of a sheer determination while Anwar Ali's free-kick was of the highest order. We wanted to put in a performance that would make people forget about our previous game against Venezuela U-20 and the boys managed to do that."
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