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AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash India's hopes with a goal win

A win in the match will earn India a ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019

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India U-16 team (Photo: Indian Football)
India U-16 team (Photo: Indian Football)

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 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 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.

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

India go down to Korea in a thrilling encounter after a commendable effort.

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

It's all over for India at AFC U-16 championship. 

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

MInute 90: Three minutes of added time. 

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 86: Korea still lead the game 1-0. 

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 68: Korea find the back of the Indian net to make it 1-0. Jeong Sang-Bin sends the ball into the nets

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 67: South Korea takes the lead. 1-0

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 65: Three corners for Korea in last two minutes. 

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 64: Corner for Korea. Cleared by Niraj. 

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 61: Substitute for South Korea.  

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 55 -- A dipping free-kick from Korea's no.11 stings the bar and goes out for a goal-kick

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash Indias hopes with a goal win

Minute 54 -- Shabas Ahammed gets a yellow card for dragging the Korea's no.10 to ground. Although the Korean did go down a little too easily

First Published: Mon, October 01 2018. 18:11 IST

AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea dash India's hopes with a goal win

A win in the match will earn India a ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019

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 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 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.

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