Indian colts storm into semis

India thrashed Maldives 5-0 in Nepal on Friday to cruise into the semi-finals of the SAFF Under-16 Championship.

Indian colts thrash Maldives 5-0

With thw win, India sealed their place in the last four thanks to finishing second in Group A. The Thomas Joseph coached side will take on the Group B winner in the second semi-final to be played on August 8.

Vanlalduatsanga scored a brace, while Daniel Lalampuia, Raja Rawat and Prakash Mojumdar were the other scorers.

India started the match in an aggressive mood, making numerous inroads into the Maldives side. Good work that paid dividends wen a Nabin Raba shot from the outside of the 18 yard box in the 31st minute was fumbled by the rival goalkeeper with Daniel Lallampuia scoring off a rebound.

The Indians didn’t waste much time doubling their lead as Raja Rawat found the target from inside the box in the 37th minute.

Vanlalduatsanga then made it 3-0 on the stroke of half time. Myron Mendes did all the hard work running past three defenders down the right flank and providing an inch perfect cross for Vanlalduatsanga to do the rest.

India continued to dictate the terms in the second half. Vanlalduatsanga completed his brace with a neat strike from inside the box in the 54th minute. India were down to ten men when Lalramzuava was given the marching order in the 61st minute. Prakash Mojumdar scored the fifth goal for the India in the 63rd minute.

Coach Thomas Joseph was full of praise for his boys, saying: "We utilised the conditions very well. The boys played extremely well and it’s a great victory before the semi-finals."

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