Sumit Rathi's solitary goal powers India U-19 football team to win over hosts Vanuatu in OFC Developmental Tournament opener

The Vanuatu boys switched the gear towards the end in their quest for the equaliser but India's defenders, along with goalie Prabhsukhan Gill who was donning the captain's armband, made sure India leave the pitch with all three points

Press Trust of India August 18, 2019 17:45:12 IST
Sumit Rathi's solitary goal powers India U-19 football team to win over hosts Vanuatu in OFC Developmental Tournament opener
  • Sumit Rathi's 78th minute strike earned India U-19 national team a 1-0 win against hosts Vanuatu in their opening fixture of the OFC Developmental Tournament in Port Villa on Sunday

  • Givson was mostly operating as a free agent in the middle of the park while Vikram Partap Singh was gunning from the right flank

  • The Vanuatu boys switched the gear towards the end in their quest for the equaliser but the Indian defenders, along with goalie Prabhsukhan Gill who was donning the captain's armband, made sure India leave the pitch with all three points

Sumit Rathi's 78th minute strike earned India U-19 national team a 1-0 win against hosts Vanuatu in their opening fixture of the OFC Developmental Tournament in Port Villa on Sunday.

Sumit Rathis solitary goal powers India U19 football team to win over hosts Vanuatu in OFC Developmental Tournament opener

The India U-19 team that defeated Vanuatu. Twitter@IndianFootball

Coach Floyd Pinto opted to field four defenders at the back while Aman Chhetri was put upfront in the attacking third in the match played at the Korman Stadium. Chetri rattled the crossbar in the third minute of the match and off the rebound, he took another valiant attempt from close range but the opponent goalkeeper parried with it safely.

Givson was mostly operating as a free agent in the middle of the park while Vikram Partap Singh was gunning from the right flank. Vikram and Givson kept the Vanuatu defenders on their toes but the hosts somehow managed to keep a clean sheet until the end of the first half.

After the breather, India earned back-to-back corners in quick succession but to no avail. Coach Pinto, having put in Gurkirat Singh at the expense of Aman Chetri, tweaked in his strategy in their pursuit of the elusive goal.

Givson, on 73 minutes, tried his luck from 40 yards out only to see his shot sail over the crossbar. Five minutes later, India finally got the breakthrough from what was India's fourth corner of the day.

Givson took a short corner and Ninthoi, on receiving the same, rolled it to Vikram before reaching Sumit Rathi whose shot found the back of the net eventually.

The Vanuatu boys switched the gear towards the end in their quest for the equaliser but the Indian defenders, along with goalie Prabhsukhan Gill who was donning the captain's armband, made sure India leave the pitch with all three points.

India face New Caledonia in their next fixture on Wednesday.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Ligue 1: Memphis Depay scores in Lyon's defeat to Montpellier as Barcelona rumours intensify
Sports

Ligue 1: Memphis Depay scores in Lyon's defeat to Montpellier as Barcelona rumours intensify

Memphis Depay scored what might be his farewell goal for Lyon on Tuesday in a 2-1 Ligue 1 defeat at Montpellier which could be his final match before a rumoured move to Barcelona.

Premier League: Chelsea's Timo Werner confident of being fit in time for Liverpool clash
Sports

Premier League: Chelsea's Timo Werner confident of being fit in time for Liverpool clash

Timo Werner marked his Premier League debut by winning a penalty that Jorginho converted to put Chelsea ahead, but the Germany star took a whack on his leg as he was tripped by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan in the incident.

TV rights trial of PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA official Jerome Valcke begins in Switzerland
Sports

TV rights trial of PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi and ex-FIFA official Jerome Valcke begins in Switzerland

Al-Khelaifi, who is also chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Media, is charged with inciting Valcke to commit "aggravated criminal mismanagement."