India pulled out a close yet easy 1-0 win over Vietnam to register their AFC U16 Championship campaign into a winning start. Indian Captain Vikram Pratap Singh netted a brilliant late penalty to help India in grabbing all three points in the tournament opener.
The scenes could have been different if the Indian colts have not missed the earlier clear-cut chances. India, who possessed most the balls through out in the game, missed a double easy scoring chances in the 17th minutes curtesy of Vietnam goalkeeper Nguyen Duy Dung who saved the second attempt from Ricky Shabong who couldn’t make much of the loose ball and missed a perfect scoring opportunity.
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Gurkirat Singh almost had his moment of magic but final poor shot let him down. Full back dribbled past three opponent players and made it comfortable for himself to take a strike but a 30-yard shot only found the goalkeeper’s gloves.
Bekey Oram missed a tough opportunity in 29th min as he failed to dip required over a free-kick and the ball sailed over the net.
Another chance came into India’s way and went past in 82nd minutes as substitute Lalchhanhima Sailo’s shot from inside of the hit the goalkeeper Duy Dung and deflected over the bar.
Nevertheless, Bibiano Fernandes’ side made the most the penalty in the 86th min when a solo run from skipper Vikram Pratap was illegally brought to an end by Dang Tuan Pong and Japanese referee hardly doubted to point his finger to the spot. Vikram’s shot from the spot proved to be enough to hand India all three crucial points.