MU-15 Tournament 2019: India go down to Mexico
by Shubham Sharma
Palmanova: India U15 suffered their second defeat of the 2019 MU-15 Tournament at the hands of Mexico by a 1-3 margin here on Monday. This was India’s second defeat in as many games, after they lost 0-3 against the USA on Sunday. Jesus Hernandes Moreno opened the scoring for Mexico early on, before Carlos Eduardo Guillen added another one to the tally.
Aula Siba came inches close to pull one back for India, when he got an opportunity to tap it in from inside the six-yard-box. However to everyone's disappointment, his shot went wide.
Joy came for India eventually when Sridarth won and converted a penalty towards the end of the first half of this 70-minute match to give the team a fighting chance for the next half. However, Moreno scored again, just after the start of the second half, to secure the three points for the Mexicans.
Indians had a forgetful second half, as the Blue colts knocked hard on the Mexicansâ€™ door but to no avail. Ashu, Amosa Lalnundanga and Ratanbi Singh combined well to create a few chances, but it was not enough to change the scoreline as Mexico ran out eventual winners.
India are now set to face-off against Slovenia on Tuesday, in their last Group Stage game of the MU-15 Tournament.