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India lose 2-4 to Iraq in opening AFC U-20 Asian Cup Qualifying fixture


The Indian team went down 2-4 against in its opening fixture of the AFC U-20 Championship Group H qualifiers here.

The first goal of the match came as early as in the second minute on Friday, as scored through Abdulrazzaq Qasim’s curling effort with the outside of his boot.

India looked to respond immediately, as both Gurkirat Singh and Taison Singh created danger repeatedly for the rival defence within a span of few minutes but were brought down with fouls.

The pressure paid off in the 22nd minute eventually as Gurkirat scored with a timely shot, after Vibin Mohanan played in Taison, who laid it on a plate for the forward.

Gurkirat turned from scorer to provider in the 33rd minute as he essayed a fine through pass, with Maheson Singh applying the finishing touch with a dink over the goalkeeper.

The Indians went into the breather with the lead, with Zahid Bukhari denying efforts from Ashar Ali and Abbood Rabah, and Amandeep stopping Hayder Tofee in his tracks with an excellent tackle in the 40th minute.

The second half began with India creating the first opportunity, as Himanshu Jangra’s header was saved by goalkeeper five minutes after the break.

However, Hayder Tofee nodded in a cross from the left flank to pull things back for Iraq only a minute later.

Zahid made another excellent save in the 62nd minute, keeping out a powerful shot by Abdul Razzak. But one minute after, Sadeeq Shaheen slipped past the Indian defence to score and give his team the lead.

The Iraqi side extended their advantage in the 71st minute, after Azad Kalouri’s cross took a deflection off Bikash Yumnam and went into the net.

India made a late surge, with Suhail Bhat inches away from converting Taison’s cross from the right flank with 15 minutes remaining.

Gurkirat came close once again, while Suhail’s header in the last minute of regulation crashed into the crossbar. In injury time, Bikash hurled a long throw into the Iraq box, as Amandeep headed it, but his effort went inches wide.

In the next match, India will play Australia on Sunday.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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