India U-17 team secure historic 2-0 win over Italy in friendly

India U-17 team have recorded a famous win over Italy as part of their preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in October.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 20, 2017 5:39 pm
The Indian U-17 team managed to blank Italy 2-0. (Source: AIFF Media)

The Indian U-17 team have defeated the Italian U-17 team 2-0 in a friendly in Arizo, Italy. 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.

Abhijit Sarkar gave India the lead in the 31st minute. India then pushed for a second goal but Italy managed to keep them out and keep the deficit to one goal at half time. India had a few chances to go ahead even in the early minutes of the first half and the it was the same story in the second too.

In the 59th minute, Aniket missed a one versus one chance against the Italian goalkeeper after he rounded the opposition custodian up but failed to convert. India were undeterred and kept the opposition goalkeeper busy.

In the 80th minute, the repeated attempts on goal finally bore fruit for India as Rahul scored from inside the box to double India’s lead and the scoreline read 2-0.

Italy looked second best throughout the match while India were a far cry from the team that only managed a 1-1 draw against a Paris based football club last week. Italy could not qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup that will be played in India between October 6 and 28, 2017. The tournament will be played across six venues across the country with Kochi being the latest to be confirmed as ready to host the tournament.

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    Srinadh Devarasetty
    May 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm
    s: /SC8IB6jkJig india vs italy 2-0 full extended highlights watch and enjoy my friends!!
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    Srinadh Devarasetty
    May 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    s: /SC8IB6jkJig india vs italy 2-0 full extended highlights watch and enjoy my friends!!
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    Vinod Hansda
    May 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm
    Indian football is rising and rising too fast. One is the entry of Indian football team ranking to 100 just a few days ago and now the achievement of junior football team. This win shows what's our bench strength and future gonna be like. Thanks for making us proud..
  4. S
    May 20, 2017 at 3:16 am
    To wake up to news like this ... Amazing and unimaginable! I hope one day ISL will replace IPL and more will enjoy football more than cricket in India
  5. N
    May 20, 2017 at 1:02 am
    At last some breather from madness of cricket. Bravo team, you did it! Keep up your speed, strength, stamina, fitness, discipline, mental toughness, and most importantly-teamwork. You can do wonder!
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