India U-16 football team thrashed Maldives 5-0 in their last group league match of the SAFF U-16 championships at the Dashrath Stadium here Friday to advance to the semifinals.
By the virtue of this win, India finished second in Group A. The Thomas Joseph coached side will take on the Group B winner in the second semifinal to be played August 8.
Vanlalduatsanga scored a brace, while Daniel Lalampuia, Raja Rawat and Prakash Mojumdar were the other scorers.
India started on aggressive note right from the outset. The colts made numerous inroads in the opponent citadel launching series of attacks.
Their hard work was paid off when a Raba shot from the outside of the 18 yard box in the 31st minute was fumbled by the rival goalkeeper with Lallampuia scoring off a rebound.
The Indians didn't waste much time to double their lead as left wing half Rawat found the target from inside the box in the 37th minute.
Vanlalduatsanga then made it 3-0 at 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 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. Mojumdar scored the fifth goal for the India in the 63rd minute.
"We utilised the conditions very well. The boys played extremely well today and it's a great victory before the semifinals," said coach Joseph.