India go down to Korea in a thrilling encounter after a commendable effort. It's all over for India at AFC U-16 championship. MInute 90: Three minutes of added time. Minute 86: Korea still lead the game 1-0. Minute 68: Korea find the back of the Indian net to make it 1-0. Jeong Sang-Bin sends the ball into the nets Minute 67: South Korea takes the lead. 1-0
The Indian football team is bracing up for one of its toughest challenges as it takes on heavyweights South Korea here Monday for a berth in the semifinals of the AFC U-16 Championship
and a ticket to the next U-17 World Cup.
The Indian colts, coached by Bibiano Fernandes, have qualified for the quarter-final of the ongoing AFC U-16 Championship
and now Korea, one of the strongest teams in the competition, stands in between.
Sixteen years ago, in 2022, the Indian U-16 team lost to Korea 1-3 in the same stage.
Head coach Bibiano says India are the "underdogs" going into the match, "But we have been the underdogs since the group-stages and we are banking on the same against Korea Republic," he said.
Bibiano said his boys will look to give Korea a run for their money.
Korea Republic are already being touted as probable champions having scored 12 goals from their three group league matches without conceding any. India have also not conceded a single goal as yet but they will be hit hard with the suspension of central defender Bikash Yumnam for double booking.