India pip Bangladesh, book spot in SAFF U-17 Championship final | Football News

COLOMBO: India beat Bangladesh 2-1 in SAFF U-17 Championship semi-final on Monday to book their place in the summit clash.
Striker Gangta of Thanglalsoun (51st, 59th) scored a second-half brace to win the game for India. Bangladesh pulled one back with a Mirajul Islam penalty in the 62nd minute.
Both teams created several chances in the first half, which were wasted.
The only real halftime chance fell India’s way, but the Blue Colts failed to make it count.

At the 16th minute, Korou Singh sent a cross from the right for Gangte who managed to support his marker in the box. But even with rival keeper Sohanur Rahaman caught in between, he failed to get his head in the net.
India came out after the change of sides with all the momentum and quickly took the lead.
The Blue Colts took the lead five minutes into the restart as striker Gangte, who was hiding around the opposition box, received it just outside the box, and even as the leg jungle tried to close it, the striker deliciously finished it for the goalkeeper’s right.
The lead was doubled seven minutes later with a brilliant counterattack. The Indian defenders foiled a rival attack inside the box, and the counterattack down the right took Bangladesh by surprise. Ultimately, Vanlalpeka Guite sent it to the box and Gangte made no mistake hitting it.
However, Bangladesh pulled one back minutes later, after being awarded a penalty for a light foul. Striker Mirajul stepped in and sent India goalkeeper Sahil the wrong way, scoring his side’s only goal of the game.

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