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We have now learnt to make comebacks after defeats: India U-16 coach

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

U-16 team highlighted his players' self belief and ability to stage a comeback, after rounding off their campaign in the Championship in Amman, with a 3-0 rout of

The tournament also included a historic 1-0 win over Iraq, the country's first-ever against the the current U-16 Asian champions.

"We have now learnt how to come back and win games especially after a defeat. We have been continuously believing in ourselves," Fernandes said after finished with nine points from four matches in the tournament.

"We had been conceding late goals in our previous matches in China, and The team was pushing hard for a winner in the dying stages but on this tour, we converted our chances leaving us in a much more comfortable position to defend and keep clean sheets," the added.

The Indian colts conceded just two goals from their four matches and maintained clean sheets in the other three.

However, Bibiano said, "There is always room for improvement and we still have a lot of work to do.

"The hard-fought victory against was extremely special. The 93rd minute winner is something that will stay with us. The biggest challenge now is to keep the team focussed and hungry for success."

The Indian colts made short work of 4-0 in their opening encounter and accounted for current U-16 Asian champions in what was any Indian national team's first-ever win over in any format, before beating 3-0 in the last match.

However, lost to Asian powerhouses 1-2 in their other match.

The colts now proceed to for the AFC U-16 Championship from September 20.

The 16 qualified teams in the AFC U-16 Championship have been divided into four groups of four teams each with the top two from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

India have been clubbed with Iran, and in Group C.

The four semi-finalists get a direct ticket to the next edition of the U-17 in 2019.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 15:00 IST
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