India certified for the SAFF U19 Championship semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Bhutan on the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on Monday. Each the groups had been locked 1-1 at half-time. Jigme Namgyel gave Bhutan the lead within the twentieth minute however India bounced again via targets from Gwgwmsar Goyary and Ricky Meetei. India went into the Group B match with an upperhand, having defeated Bangladesh 3-0. So as to add to that, Bhutan’s 4-3 victory towards Bangladesh meant that India wanted solely a draw to safe the highest spot within the group and subsequently, a spot within the semifinals.
Within the semifinal, India will cross swords with the hosts Nepal on Wednesday.
A good contest ensued in the course of the park as the 2 sides seemed to achieve management of the sport.
India seemed to overload the wings as Raja Harijan despatched looking out aerial via balls onto the flanks.
Nonetheless, towards the run of play, it was Bhutan who took the lead via Namgyel, whose cross from the correct flank fooled everybody and crept into the highest nook.
India, for his or her half, managed to create some confusion contained in the Bhutan penalty field, as they despatched aerial balls, aiming for his or her rotating goal man.
Kelvin Singh Taorem went via early on however solely to collide with Bhutan keeper Penjor Gyeltshen because the ball rolled extensive.
Taorem had one other alternative within the thirty sixth minute when a cross from the left by Naoba Meitei was flicked on by the previous, however it was saved from point-blank vary by Gyeltshen.
The Blue Colts lastly had their equaliser virtually instantly, when the same aerial via ball was fed into the field the place it bounced over the keeper, earlier than Goyary hustled his method in and nodded it into an empty web.
India began on the entrance foot within the second half and took the lead within the sixty fourth minute with a nook that was clearly labored out in coaching.
Yash Chikro, as an alternative of looping the nook into the field, despatched a grounded drive to the highest of the field, the place an unmarked Meetei pounced on the chance and side-footed it into the underside nook with an correct shot.
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