Vikram’s late goal hands India win over Vietnam : AFC U-16 Championship - SportsGuru

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Vikram’s late goal hands India win over Vietnam : AFC U-16 Championship

Vikram Singh's 86th-minute penalty led the India U-16 team to a 1-0 win over Vietnam in their first match of the Group Stage at the UM Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

In a match where India dominated possession and had as many as four clear goals scoring chances, Vikram Singh's late strike from the spot led the Blue Colts to a deserved win over the opponents.

The Indian U-16 Colts could have taken the lead as early as the 8th minute when Vikram Singh was found inside the box after Gurkirat found him with a long ball. Vikram's shot from inside the box after latching onto the ball with ease, went inches past the goal though.

Ricky Shabong, in the 17th minute, tried to open the goal scoring tally for India but his shot went wide of the goal after Vikram had pulled a ball back from the midfielder. Vietnam, however, initiated their own counter-attacks frequently, but the Indian defence paired with Niraj Kumar's goal-keeping held them at bay.

With India dominating proceedings, Gurkirat Singh attempted a shot from distance that was saved by the opposition custodian on the 25th, and the 35th minute, India cajoled another excellent opportunity. Ravi's cross found Vikram in the box but from a tight angle, Vikram's attempted shot went over the bar.

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