The India U-16 national team currently on an exposure trip in China played out a 1-1 draw against DPR Korea U-16s in their last match of the Four-Nation Hua Shan Cup CFA International Youth Football Tournament in Wei Nan City, China today, July 7.
In a drab first half, the Indian Colts had an opportunity to go ahead as early as the 13th minute but Givson’s shot missed the goal by a whisker as North Korea survived an early scare.
With North Korea dominating possession, the Indian Colts relied on counter-attacks and in the 39th minute, Givson, once again found himself in the mix, this time however, his shot was saved by the opposition custodian.
The Indian Colts survived a scare in the 44th minute when v Korea rattled the woodwork as the half-time scoreline read 0-0 as both teams went into the tunnel on level pegging.
Changing over, in the 60th minute, Bekey’s shot was saved by the North Korean defence line. However, in the 75th minute, the opponents took the lead and found the net to make the scoreline read 1-0.
It wasn’t long before the Indian Colts came up with their response and were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute, which Vikram Pratap Singh slotted with ease to make the scoreline read 1-1.
The full-time scoreline read 1-1 as both teams shared the spoils of battle. In the Tournament, the Indian U-16s had earlier faced hosts China U-17s, and Thailand U-16s, losing 0-1 and 1-3 respectively.