The India U-16 national team signed off the Atlético Paranaense U-17 International Tournament with an emphatic 2-1 victory over the U-16 team of MLS outfit Orlando City SC in the 3rd Place Match on Sunday. Amarjit scored from the penalty spot and Shubham Sarangi headed the second goal in the first half to thump their first victory of the tournament.
Nicolai Adam tinkered with his starting eleven a bit, handing over Tamal Naskar his first start under the woodworks along with Shubham Sarangi in the attacking third.
The proceeding didn’t start in a merrier way for India as the American outfit found the back of the net before the clock crossed three minutes. Orlando City SC built upon an attacking move from the left flank and eventually the striker tapped it home to put his team at the front.
India, not having lost their focus, tried to recuperate quickly to come back into the match. Ten minutes later, India earned a freekick at the top of the box and Sanjeev cuts it short to Boris. Boris released it for an onrushing Shubham but the later was brought down illegally inside the box by the opposition defender to concede a penalty kick.
Amarjit Singh hammered it rightly to draw a parity on the scoreline just after 20 minutes.
From a short corner, Sanjeev again played the trick of passing short to the scorer Amarjit who lofted it into the box and Shubham did no mistake to head it home to put his team at the front.
Orlando City SC tried to level things but India defenders left the ground held their heads high at the half-time.
After the changeover, Nicolai introduced Lalengmawia and Aniket Jadhav to instil more pace in the attacking third at the expenses of Abhijit Sarkar and Shubham Sarangi respectively.
Orlando City SC, in their pursuit of the elusive equaliser, tried to tweak in their strategies towards the end of the match but without any result.
Thanks to this victory, India finish the tournament at the third position behind hosts Atlético Paranaense and the Uruguay U-17 National Team.
(Report & Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)