AFC U-16 Championship

India played too defensive, blames Iran coach after 0-0 draw

India took a huge step toward knockout stage of the ongoing AFC U16 Championship in Malaysia after playing a goalless draw against mighty Iran on Monday. Earlier in the group stage in the tournament, India overcame Vietnam after scoring a late penalty on the last Friday.

Well, India looks more favorite to go through the group stage after collecting 4 points from the first two games and sitting second on the table after left behind Indonesia on goal difference.

But the Iranian coach Abbas Chamanyan did not seem too happy with this current situation of his new team and blamed Indian defensive tactics for their poor performance and took a dig on the match referee Muhammad Nazmi Nasaruddin for favoring India that led the Iran dropping points.

Iran’s Coach criticized Bibiano Fernandes’ side for not playing attacking football as they were sitting deep at the back. But the statistics claimed that Indians were more clinical in the 2nd half as they created better chances than Central Asian Nation.

He says, “I think we did not play well today. There are 16 teams coming here who play beautiful football. I think in the second half the referee helped India and they (India) were defending which is not an example of good football. It should have been 10 minutes of injury time but the referee showed only four minutes. If we had got an early goal then the situation would have been different,”.

Iran are the former AFC U16 Champion and stands current runner up of the AFC U16 Championship but the defeat against Indonesia and draw to India have put them on verge of early elimination. Currently, Chamanyan’s side sits on the bottom of the table with one point.

“All 16 teams are coming here to learn something from each other. We have picked our lessons from both games. It is crucial and will be helpful for the future of the players. This is a new Iran team. These are all new players. There is a change in ability and everything. In some things, we are better than the previous teams but, in some things, we have to try more,” concluded the coach.


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Sitanshu Saran

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