India U-16 plays out a 1-1 draw against North Korea

India's U-16 team played out a 1-1 draw against DPR Korea U-16 in its last match of the four-nation Hua Shan Cup CFA International Youth football tournament in Wei Nan City, China, on Saturday.

Indian footballers before the start of the game.   -  AIFF

India's U-16 team played out a 1-1 draw against DPR Korea U-16 in its last match of the four-nation Hua Shan Cup CFA International Youth football tournament in Wei Nan City, China, on Saturday. In a drab first half, the India colts had an opportunity to go ahead as early as the 13th minute but Givson’s shot missed the goal by a whisker as DPR Korea survived an early scare.

With Korea dominating possession, the India colts relied on counter-attacks and in the 39 minute, Givson, once again found himself in the mix, this time however, his shot was saved by the opposition custodian. The Indian colts survived a scare in the 44th minute when Korea rattled the woodwork as the half-time score line read 0-0 as both teams went into the tunnel on level pegging.

Changing over, in the 60 minute, Bekey’s shot was saved by the Korean defence line. However, in the 75 minute, the opponent took the lead and found the net to make the scoreline read 1-0. It wasn’t long before the India colts came up with its response and were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute, which Vikram Pratap Singh slotted with ease to make the score line read 1-1.

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