The India U-17 World Cup Squad, currently on an exposure trip in Portugal, lost 1-2 against Vitória Futebol Clube U-17 in their first practice match of the exposure trip at the José Mourinho Training Center in Troia, Lisbon today.
In a tightly contested match, the Colts matched blow to blow against their opponents, but were left reeling infront of goal as chances created were seldom taken. Though the Indian team dominated possession in the opening minutes of the match, it were the opponents who created the first goal scoring chance of the match.
In the 16th minute, Vitória rattled the Indian crossbar and eventually took the lead in the 38th minute after Bruno Ventura scored from a penalty kick that was awarded for a reckless Indian tackle inside the box. The half-time scoreline read 1-0.
Changing over, the India U-17 national team upped the ante and pressed for the equalizer. Aniket Jadhav’s shot in the 47th minute went inches over the bar and a minute later his shot again flew whiskers wide of the goal.
The Indian Colts finally equalized their deficit in the 67th minute after Aniket scored from the penalty spot making the scoreline read 1-1. India tried to take the lead but could not find the decisive goal and Vitória struck in the 85th minute to take the lead as the full-time scoreline read 2-1 in their favour.
The Indian team will face CF Belenenses next on April 25, 2017 in Jamor, Portugal. The kick-off for which is slated for 21.00 IST.