The Indian national team started its AFC Challenge Cup 2012 campaign with a 0-2 loss against Tajikistan at the Dashrath Stadium.
Akhtam Khamrakulov opened the scoresheet in the 60st minute, when the striker took advantage of an error in the Indian box and fired the ball past Indian keeper Karanjit Singh to give the Central Asians a 1-0 lead.
Tajikistan increased the lead only five minutes later, when Nuriddin Davronov found the back of the net with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.
Savio Medeira’s team will face the Philippines in the second Group B match on Sunday.
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AFC Challenge Cup 2012 – Group B
at Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu (Nepal)
INDIA 0-2 TAJIKISTAN
0-1 Akhtam Khamrakulov (60′)
0-2 Nuriddin Davronov (65′)
1-Karanjit Singh, 16-Samir Naik, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 3-Raju Eknath Gaikwad, 22-Syed Rahim Nabi; 12-Anthony Pereira (68′ 28-Jewel Raja Sheikh), 21-Rocus Lamare, 17-Adil Ahmed Khan, 26-Francis Fernandes; 18-Sushil Kumar Singh (81′ 9-Joaquim Santan Abranches), 11-Sunil Chhetri [C]
25-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, 36-Arindam Bhattacharya; 4-Nirmal Chettri, 5-Anwar Ali, 6-C.S. Sabeeth, 20-Lalrindika Ralte, 27-Gurjinder Kumar Singh, 32-Reisangmi Vashum, 40-Kingshuk Debnath, 47-Lenny Rodrigues
1-Alisher Tuysher; 44-Alexey Negmatov, 4-Eraj Rajabov, 6-Davronjon Ergashev, 3-Sohib Savankulov; 11-Farkhod Tokhirov (79′ 34-Ilhomzhon Ortikov), 10-Dzhakhongir Dzhalilov, 8-Sakhmadali Adykov, 18-Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev (86′ 17-Dilshod Vasiev); 13-Akhtam Khamrakulov (70′ 22-Yusuf Rabiev), 9-Nuriddin Davranov
23-Vladimir Sysoev, 40-Saidjon Saidrahmonov; 2-Farrukh Choriev, 7-Ibragim Rabimov, 12-Akhtam Nazarov, 15-Umed Khabibulloev, 20-Khurshed Makhmudov, 25-Kamil Saidov, 47-Dalerdzhon Tukhtasunov
Ali Sabbagh (Lebanon)
59′ Dzhakhongir Dzhalilov (Tajikistan)