Historic win: India U-17s 'two' good for Italy

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 19, 2017

Indian players celebrate the victory against Italy.

On a memorable night in Italy, the Indian U-17 World Cup squad beat the U-17 Youth Team of Italy 2-0 on Friday.

Strikes from Abhijit Sarkar (31') and Rahul Praveen (80') led the team to a morale-boosting win months before the U-17 World Cup that starts in October later this year.

Abhijit Sarkar gave India the lead in the 31st minute. India had a few chances to go ahead even in the early minutes of the first half and the it was the same story in the second too. The golden chance to extend lead came soon after restart in the 51st minute but Aniket failed to hit the net despite rounding the Italian custodian brilliantly in a one on one encounter. India were undeterred and kept the opposition goalkeeper busy.

Buoyed by a 1-0 lead in the first half, the Indians exerted to score another. Italy, who are not among the five UEFA qualifying nations that have made it to the World Cup were second best on the night where India dominated. The tournament will be played across six venues across the country with Kochi being the latest to be confirmed as ready to host the tournament.

Rahul in the 75th minute came close to scoring when he failed to tap the ball home from handshaking distance after Aniket s shot had earned an uncanny save by the Italian custodian.

Goal scoring chances every now and then had to bear fruits and it did for the Indian Colts in the 80th minute when Rahul scored from inside the box to double India's lead as the scoreline read 2-0.

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