On a memorable night in Italy, the Indian U-17 World Cup squad beat the U-17 Youth Team of Italy 2-0 on Friday.
Indian Colts' journey towards upcoming Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup has been relentless and determined. Strikes by Abhijit Sarkar (31 ) and Rahul Praveen (80 ) led their team to a massive win over the Azzuri in a match largely dominated by the Indian colts in terms of possession and chances created.
India got off the blocks and gave the opposition a tough time from the start.
India struck once in both halves to seal what is their first win in the Exposure tour of Europe that they have undertaken ahead of the U-17 World Cup in October. Komal Thatal's eighth minute strike was only inches away from giving the visiting team an early lead. Abhijit Sarkar's cross took a wicked deflection off the Italian defence and the ball ended up in the back of the net to give India the lead.
In the 59 minute, Aniket missed a one versus one chance against the Italian goalkeeper after he rounded the opposition custodian up but failed to convert. In the 13th minute, Aniket came close to opening the goal scoring charts for India but his effort went straight down the keeper's throat resulting in an easy save.
After India led 1-0 at half-time, the Colts searched to extend the their lead and safeguard the result.
In the 75th minute, Rahul came close to scoring but failed to tap the rebound home from close range after Aniket's shot was met with a superb save by the Italian custodian. Five minutes later he made amends for that spurned chance when he doubled India's lead with a goal from inside the box.