Palmanova: India kicked off their MU-15 Tournament campaign with a 0-3 defeat at the hands of USA in their opening match here in Italy on Sunday. Austin Brummet converted a penalty just after the halfway mark to put USA into the lead, before Carlos Cortez and Osvaldo Cisneros scored two more in the last 10 minutes.
The 70-minute match actually turned out to be a game of two halves. Both the teams started off with great gusto, as they attempted to breach their opposition’s goal early on. After settling into the game, India started to creat chances through the likes of Ratanbi Singh, who won a free-kick on the 20th minute mark from 30 yards out. Maheson Singh tried his luck from the distance but his effort went wide.
Maheson was involved in yet another close chance for India a couple of minutes later, but his shot was blocked this time. India custodian Ayush Deshwal made a smart save minutes before the half-time whistle to keep the scores at 0-0 during the changeover. USA started the second half on a positive note, winning a penalty that was smartly converted by Brummet to give the Americans the lead.
Maheson had the perfect chance to put India back on level terms on the 61st minute, but his close-range free-kick went just inches wide of the post. Carlos Cortez doubled the lead for the opponents in the 63rd minute, when he curled it directly from the corner and into the Indian goal. Deshwal had no chance of saving that, as it sailed into the top corner.
Cisneros made it 3-0 for the Americans late in the match to put the final nail in the coffin and secure all three points. India will next face-off against Mexico on Monday at the same venue.