India out of AFC Youth football Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

India put up a brave fight against Uzbekistan but still crashed out the AFC Youth football Championship in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

India out of AFC Youth football Championship

New Delhi:

India put up a brave fight against Uzbekistan but still crashed out the AFC Youth football Championship in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, after suffering their second straight defeat in Group C. The Indians, who lost to Syria 1-2 in their opening match, went down again by the same score on Tuesday to the Uzbeks who scored an injury time winner after being locked 1-1 during the 90 minutes regulation time. India, last-minute replacements for Turkmenistan in this competition, were down by a 28th minute goal by Aleksandr Kletskov at the end of the first half. Fighting back After changing ends the Indians fought back and equalised in the 67th minute through Manjit Singh. But the Indian defence came apart seconds before the final whistle when Sadriddin Abdullayev scored his second goal of the tournament with a stunning long ranger to shatter the Indians. Uzbekistan along with Syria, who trounced Laos 4-1 in another match yesterday, booked their places in the quarter-finals with maximum points from two games. India's best performance in the tournament came three decades ago when they shared the trophy with Iran in Thailand in 1974. (PTI)

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