AFC U16 : India played a 3-3 draw against Saudia Arabia after 2-0 lead in first-half
India’s U16 football team were looking to grab all three points against the strong Saudi Arabia side in seconf AFC U16 Championship group stage match, after taking a 2-0 lead, but Saudia Arabia responded back quickly with three goals to make a lead of 3-2. It was late penalty for India, which earned the Indian U16 team a draw against an inspired nation like Saudi Arabia.
Captain Suresh Singh Wangjam injury time penalty helped India come from behind and hold Saudi Arabia to a 3-3 draw in a Group A match of the AFC U-16 football championships, in Margao on Sunday.
India struck twice in first 25 minutes with goal from Ankit Anil Jadhav (5′) and Aman Chetri(23’). They also enjoyed a 2-1 lead in the first half as Saudia Arabia only managed to put only one goal on board from Aldhuwayhi Abdulaziz. Abdulaziz strike in 34th minute gave Saudia Arabia something to cheer before half-time which was completely dominated by the India.
Saudia Arabia had a bad luck today as well as they failed to convert a penalty-kick in the first half. India’s no.1, Dheeraj Singh disallowed Mali’s first half penalty, as he saved as many penalties in as many games.
Iran’s substiute Albrikan Feras Tariq N made two quick successive fire in the 82nd and 83rd minute to put his team up. The home team did not lose heart and tried their best to find the equaliser and was awarded a penalty in the injury time which Suresh Singh Wangjam scored to split points.
Both teams look solid and especially India put a terrific display to fight. Saudi Arabia will play UAE on September 21 while India will face Iran the same day. India as a host nation will qualify for next year U16 world cup directly, but it seems they wan to move forward as a legitimate qualifier.