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MU-15 Championship: India lose opener to USA


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India suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of USA in their ongoing MU-15 Championship in Palmanova, Italy.
Austin Brummet converted a penalty just after the changeover to put the USA into the lead, before Carlos Cortez and Osvaldo Cisneros scored two more in the last 10 minutes on Sunday.
Both the teams started off with great gusto, as they attempted to breach their opponent's goal early on. After settling into the game, India created chances through the likes of Ratanbi Singh, who won a free-kick in the 20th minute from 30 yards out. Maheson Singh tried his luck from the distance but his effort went wide.
Maheson was involved in yet another close chance for India a couple of minutes later, but his shot was blocked this time. India goalkeeper Ayush Deshwal made a smart save minutes before the half-time whistle to keep both the sides goalless.
The USA got off the blocks swiftly in the second half, winning a penalty that was smartly converted by Brummet. Maheson had the perfect chance to put India back on level terms in the 61st minute, but his close-range free-kick flew just inches wide of the post.
Cortez scored a peach of a goal in the 63rd minute when he curled it directly from the corner and into the Indian net. Deshwal had no chance of saving that, as it sailed into the top corner.
The three points for the USA were eventually secured with just seconds left on the clock when Cisneros made it 3-0 for the Americans.
India will next play against Mexico on April 29.

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 11:26 AM IST

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