India U-16 goes down fighting to Oman

India U-16 lost its friendly 1-2 against Oman in a friendly in Turkey.

India lost by a slender margin of 1-2 against Oman in the U-16 friendly in Turkey.   -  AIFF

After finishing the WAFF U-16 Championship second above defending AFC U16 Champions Iraq, Jordan and Yemen, India U16 team went down fighting 1-2 against Oman in a friendly fixture played in Turkey on Monday.

After Oman scored on either side of the half-time, Vikram scored from the penalty spot in the added time of the match to half the scoreline.

After playing 10 matches against 8 Asian countries who have already qualified to the AFC U16 Championship 2018, India took on Oman in its latest friendly fixture today.

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The first half of the match was mostly played at the middle of the pitch before Shabas put in a brilliant cross but Rohit couldn't convert it.

Oman took the lead three minutes to the half-time whistle and doubled the lead in the 55th minute to put them in a comfortable position.

Coach Bibiano Fernandes rang in a few changes to find the back of the net but Oman stood tall to thwart India's efforts until the final minute of the regulation time.

Vikram was brought down in the box in the 89th minute and the Indian skipper pulled one back from the spot-kick to reduce the gap.

Although India pushed hard to find the equaliser towards the end, Oman held on to win the match eventually.