SAFF U-18 Championship: Indian colts held to a goalless draw by Bangladesh in their opening encounter

With Bangladesh committing bodies in defence, the Indians found it difficult to get past their opponent's backline.

Press Trust of India September 23, 2019 19:40:26 IST
SAFF U-18 Championship: Indian colts held to a goalless draw by Bangladesh in their opening encounter
  • India started the match on an attacking note but an injury to goalkeeper Prabhsukan Singh Gill in the ninth minute forced coach Floyd Pinto to make an early change.

  • Despite ringing in two changes in the attacking line, India failed to create goal scoring opportunities and even failed to convert half chances.

  • India coach Pinto termed the game against Bangladesh as a difficult encounter.

Kathmandu: India were held to a goalless draw by Bangladesh in their opening match of the the SAFF U-18 Championship on Monday.

India started the match on an attacking note but an injury to goalkeeper Prabhsukan Singh Gill in the ninth minute forced coach Floyd Pinto to make an early change.

SAFF U18 Championship Indian colts held to a goalless draw by Bangladesh in their opening encounter

India's chances came through set pieces. Image: Twitter @IndianFootball

With Bangladesh committing bodies in defence, the Indians found it difficult to get past their opponent's backline.

India's chances came through set pieces.

In the 36th minute, Sumit Rathi's header came close to giving India the lead, but it flew inches over the bar.

Changing over, India continued to dominate the possession but failed to create clear goal chances.

Despite ringing in two changes in the attacking line, India failed to create goal scoring opportunities and even failed to convert half chances.

India coach Pinto termed the game against Bangladesh as a difficult encounter.

"Bangladesh defended with 10 men, and I have to give credit to the boys for not stopping to put in the effort," he said.

"We have got a point from this match but it is a minor thing. But these boys will improve as the tournament progresses, and their quality of football will also improve."

India will play Sri Lanka in their last group stage match of the Championship on 25 September.

Sri Lanka had earlier lost 0-3 to Bangladesh and the top two teams from the group will qualify for the semi-finals slated for 27 September.

Updated Date:

also read

Champions League: Griezmann cleared to play against AC Milan after successful appeal by Atletico
Sports

Champions League: Griezmann cleared to play against AC Milan after successful appeal by Atletico

Griezmann's ban by UEFA has been reduced to one game, which has already been served after the Frenchman missed Atletico's 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on 3 November.

Premier League: Aubameyang has scored a lot of goals for Arsenal but we always demand more, says Arteta
Sports

Premier League: Aubameyang has scored a lot of goals for Arsenal but we always demand more, says Arteta

Arteta knows how crucial his star is to Arsenal's hopes of challenging for a place in the Champions League.

Premier League: Tottenham boss Antonio Conte urges Tanguy Ndombele to be more of a team player
Sports

Premier League: Tottenham boss Antonio Conte urges Tanguy Ndombele to be more of a team player

Conte has to find a way to get the best out of Tottenham's record signing, who has become a target for frustrated fans since his £55 million ($74 million) signing from Lyon in 2019.