India U-19 go down to Oman in Turkey
by Shubham Sharma
Ankara: The Indian U-19 National Team, preparing for the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers later this year, lost 2-1 against Oman U-19 National Team in their exposure tour of Turkey here on Friday.
The Indian U-19s started the match of a defensive note and it was the opponents who had much of the possession in the first half. In the 34th minute, Oman had taken the lead as the teams went into the tunnel at half-time with the opposition leading by a solitary goal to nil.
Changing over, the Indian colts started to dominate possession early in the second half and Ninthoi’s chance in the 53rd minute from a free-kick came close to equalizing India’s deficit. India finally had the breakthrough in the 68th minute when Robin was brought down inside the box, prompting the referee to point to the spot. A confident Givson Singh found the back of the net from the spot to equalize India’s deficit.
In the 78th minute, however, Oman breached the Indian citadel once again and scored to hand them a solitary goal lead. The full-time scoreline read 2-1 in Oman’s favour.
The Indian U-19s will once again face Oman U-19s on July 22, 2019, before taking on Jordan on July 24, and local club side Kocaelispor U-19 on July 27, 2019.