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Highlights, India vs Mauritius, Tri-nation series, football scores and updates: Hosts clinch victory in tough clash

Catch all the live scores and updates from India's opening match of the Tri-nation series against Mauritius at the Mumbai Football Arena.

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Highlights, India vs Mauritius, Tri-nation series, football scores and updates: Hosts clinch victory in tough clash

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Aug 19, 2017 - 22:34 (IST)

It wasn't a pretty victory but India would be happy to get the winning momentum. They started out on a lacklustre manner by showing more respect than their opponents deserved. The team was all over the place in the first half but after Robin Singh's goal came at the right time and that changed things. After the break, coach Stephen Constantine did few inspired substitutions and Balwant Singh's debut goal proved to be the winner.   

So that's all from here, hope you enjoyed our coverage. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 22:14 (IST)

That's the spirit! 

Aug 19, 2017 - 22:11 (IST)

Sunil Chhetri is happy! 

Aug 19, 2017 - 22:09 (IST)

Robin Singh 

Feeling good because I've never scored in Mumbai before. The effort of boys is commendable, we got the result at the end. It's always good to keep the winning momentum. I want to score again, the boys work hard and I do the easy job.  

Aug 19, 2017 - 22:06 (IST)

Sandesh Jhingan - Captain

Really happy with the win. When we went down, we believed in ourselves to bounce back. It's strong mentality. It was not the best performance so we will look into it and be ready for the next match against St. Kitts & Nevis. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 22:03 (IST)

Nine wins on a row! 

Aug 19, 2017 - 22:01 (IST)

It's all over! 

India beat Mauritius 2-1 to win the first match of the Tri-nation series. They fell behind in the first half but goals from Robin Singh and Balwant Singh did it for India. It was not a comfortable victory but they got the job done.

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:54 (IST)

With the introduction of Nikhil Poojary and Balwant Singh, India have shifted to a fluid 4-3-3 from the static 4-4-2 they deployed in the first half. Both the debutants have been quick to close down on the Mauritius players and seem more lively than Robin Singh and we have seen India create more chances in the second half. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:46 (IST)

Stephen Constantine would be happy with India's performance in the second half so far. The midfield found the groove and that resulted in quite a few chances. It looks like Mauritius are low on morale. That second goal from Balwant Singh really made an impact on the opponents. One more goal from India and this match is done. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:33 (IST)

The crowd loved the goal.

Preview: India national team coach Stephen Constantine on Friday termed the forthcoming tri-nation series as a 'stage to try new players' where India are slated to kick-off their campaign against Mauritius at the Mumbai Football Arena on Saturday.

"We're playing two games before the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers where I can try out more players. We got one team from the Caribbean region and another from Africa. It's going to a tough test for us ahead of the Asian Cup qualifier," he stated during the pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the series opener against Mauritius.

Highlights India vs Mauritius Trination series football scores and updates Hosts clinch victory in tough clash

India football team train ahead of their opening match of tri-nation tournament against Mauritius in Mumbai. Image courtesy: Twitter/@IndianFootball

India have won 13 of their last 15 matches (including one unofficial friendly match against Bhutan in 2016).

"We haven't played together since June. The ongoing camp and this tournament will help us get into the groove at the right time," Constantine said.

Talking about the U-23 boys contributing at the highest level in the ongoing camp, Constantine said: "We've taken 10 boys from the U-23 team and they're here along with the senior pros.

"We have to continue the developmental process to qualify for the Asian Cup regularly, eventually, which would lead us to the World Cup."

Sandesh Jhingan will lead the side against Mauritius in the absence of Bengaluru FC players who have been kept put for their AFC Cup campaign.

"Three years back when I came into the team, I was a young boy. During the course of the time, Borges and many a player debuted for the national team. Now, 10 boys from the U-23 side are part of the senior team camp. It only shows that we're heading in the right direction," Jhinghan said.

Jhinghan, a centre back, praised the defence who have kept five clean sheets in last eight matches.

"Off and on the field, I share a strong bonding with Anas which rightly reflects on the pitch. But it's not only me or Anas, it's about Pritam, Narayan and off-course Gurpreet. We have respect for each other and we complement each other. We really enjoy playing together and we'll do so."

The Mumbai Football Arena has always been a happy hunting ground for India. India came back from a one-goal deficit to rout a the-then 114th ranked Puerto Rico in a friendly by a whopping 4-1 margin in September 2016. Then India scripted a 2-0 victory over Nepal in June.

With inputs from IANS

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