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In a training game, the India U-17s defeated Muangthong United

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India U-17s defeated Muangthong United (Korou Singh, 11; Danny Meitei, 77; Vanlalpeka Guite, 79).

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 saw the India U-17 Men’s National Team defeat Muangthong United U-17s 3-0 at the Kirin Valley Sports Complex in Khoyai, Thailand. India took the early lead. Thanks to Korou Singh, then later in the second half, Danny Meitei and Vanlalpeka Guite scored two more goals. Vanlalpeka Guite manoeuvred into the opposing box and attempted to score for India against Muangthong United. But his shot was parried away. Pramveer misdirected his header on the ensuing corner.

When Korou Singh sent the ball to Lalpekhlua Ralte, who struck the upright in the fourth minute, the Blue Colts almost took the lead. Korou received the rebound and raised the crossbar with it. The breakthrough occurred in the eleventh minute when Korou headed a fast free kick beyond the custodian from Danny Laishram. After establishing the lead, India increased their dominance over the game and attempted to dominate the outcome.

In the second half, Muangthong made a stronger comeback. And tried to take advantage of the set-piece possibilities to reenter the game. Sahil stopped midfielder Bin’s free kick from the edge of the box, and Ricky Meetei cleared the corner that resulted. A few minutes later, India’s goal scorer Korou got another opportunity at the other end, but he nearly missed the goal.

With fewer than 30 seconds of normal time left, Muangthong United was awarded another free kick, but Pramveer saved the game. A few minutes later, Akash Tirkey’s attempt from beyond the box was stopped before India head coach Bibiano Fernandes made his first substitute in the 71st minute by substituting Gogocha Singh for Lalpekhlua Ralte.

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Ricky attempted a shot from outside the box with little over 15 minutes remaining, but Bin stopped it. Soon after, Onglee stopped an Akash shot. When Danny Meitei extended India’s advantage in the 77th minute, the floodgates burst open. Gogocha passed the ball to Danny after being put through by Guite, who dutifully complied.

In order to increase India’s lead to 3-0, Gurnaj floated an aerial through ball to Guite, who brought it down and defeated the custodian. Guite’s final action of the day came shortly before Shashwat Panwar took his place. Before the game’s conclusion, Fernandes made a few more replacements. Allowing Shashwat Panwar, Faizan Waheed, Rohen Singh, and Prachit Gaonkar a chance to play.

In the extra period, Akash and Danny both had chances to score, but they were both unsuccessful. The referee then declared the game over.

India XI: Sahil; Ricky Meetei, Surajkumar Singh, Pramveer, Thokchom Malemngamba Singh (Faizan Waheed 86’); Gurnaj Grewal, Akash Tirkey, Danny Meitei (Prachit Gaonkar 90+4’), Lalpekhlua Ralte (Gogocha Singh 71’), Korou Singh (Rohen Singh 89’); Vanlalpeka Guite (Shashwat Panwar 81’).

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