India go down to Syria in AFC Youth football

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

India threw away a first-half lead to go down 1-2 to Syria in their opening Group C match in the AFC Youth football Championship in Kuala Lumpur.

New Delhi:

India threw away a first-half lead to go down 1-2 to Syria in their opening Group C match in the AFC Youth football Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Indian u-19 footballers, who came into the tournament following the late withdrawal of Turkmenistan, took the lead at the half hour mark when striker Vimal Pariyar stunned the Syrians, according to information received here today. But the Indians failed to make good of the advantage as defender Safir Al Atasi equalised for Syria ten minutes into the second half before Abdul Al Razak Al Housain scored the winner for 1994 champions in the 77th minute. India's best performance in the AFC Youth Championship came three decades ago, when they shared the title with Iran in Thailand in 1974. Meanwhile, Uzbekistan hammered lowly rated Laos 5-2 in another match in the same group. The top two from each of the four groups advance to knock-out stage which will commence with the quarterfinals. The top four teams in the competition will qualify for the FIFA World Youth Championship to be held in Netherlands next year. Korea are the defending champions after winning the title in Qatar in 2002 beating Japan. (PTI)

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