India U16 football team loses to Malaysia

The U16 boys, who lost 0-3 on Monday, will play the same opponents again on Thursday.

The Indian U-16 football team.   -  Twitter/IndianFootball

The Indian Under-16 football team lost 0-3 to Malaysia in a friendly game as part of its exposure tour in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Indian U-16 boys, who traveled to Malaysia on the back of a heart-wrenching loss to Thailand last week, showed their intent right from the kickoff.

Ridge blasted from inside the box in the fourth minute but the Malaysian keeper parried it away while Malaysia gave the Indian defenders a tough run for the money in their own box.

Givson and Ridge were looking to get the opening goal from counter-attacks but they could hardly find any space to breach in the Malaysia's defence.

The opening goal came in the 26th minute through Muhd Najmudin, giving Malaysia the lead.

Indian coach Bibiano Fernandes made two changes in quick succession, bringing on Sailo and Manish for Givson and Gurkirat respectively, before the boys headed to the changing room with a one goal deficit.

Bibiano’s boys started the second half with good intensity and Ridge, on the turn, hit the side netting two minutes into the half.

India earned a free-kick in the 55th minute but Bekey shot wide. Three minutes later, he got another chance but miscued it.

India earned three corners back-to-back in the 85th minute but none of them proved fruitful.

As India continued to attack in numbers, Malaysia took the advantage and scored a peach of a goal to double its lead in the 88th minute. Four minutes later, another attacking move from the left flank resulted in its third goal to leave the Indian team flabbergasted.

India will play the same opponents again on Thursday.

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