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Sports Shorts: India edge Vietnam 1-0 in AFC U-16 opener

Source: PTI
September 21, 2018 23:25 IST
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A summary of sports events and persons who made news on Friday

The India Under-16 team

IMAGE: The India Under-16 team. Photograph: AIFF/Media

Vikram Singh converted a penalty in the dying minutes of the match to lead India to a 1-0 win over Vietnam in their opening match of the AFC Under-16 championship, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

India dominated possession and had as many as four clear goals scoring chances but it was Vikram Singh's strike from the spot in the 86th minute that proved decisive.

The Indian U-16 Colts could have taken the lead as early as the 8th minute when Vikram was found inside the box after Gurkirat fed him with a long ball. Vikram's shot from inside the box went inches past the goal though.


Ricky Shabong, in the 17th minute, tried to open the goal scoring tally for India but his shot went wide of the goal after Vikram had pulled a ball back from the midfielder.

Vietnam, however, initiated their own counter-attacks frequently, but the Indian defence paired with Niraj Kumar's goalkeeping held them at bay.

India face mighty Iran on Monday.

Naveen upsets defending world champion to enter junior worlds final

Indian grappler Naveen Sihag shocked defending champion Daton Duain Fix to progress to the 57kg gold medal bout on the opening day of the men's free style competition at the junior world wrestling championship, while Mansi grabbed a bronze in the women's 57kg in Trnava, Slovakia, on Friday.

Sihag upset the American 5-4 in a close semi-final, in which he surprised his formidable opponent with his tactics. The American grappler had emerged a world champion in Finland last year, conceding just one point in the entire tournament.

Sihag will now clash with Russia's Akhmed Idrisov in the final.

Sihag had a tough time against Kyrgyzstan in his opening round, scoring a 4-4 win over Bekbolot Myrzanazar Uulu. However, he outplayed Goga Dzigua 9-2 in the quarter-finals.

Mansi overcame Canada's Hannah Fay Tayor in the women's 57kg bout to win her first medal at the World Championship. Anshu Malik had won a bronze on Thursday in the 59kg. 

Four other Indians participating in the men's free style fell in the quarter-finals.

Rohit lost 6-10 to Nicolai Grahmez after defeating China's Chao Zheng 4-2 in the 65kg category.

Vishal Kaliramana lost the 70kg quarter-final 7-9 to Moldova's Vasile Diacon while Sandeep Mann was outplayed by Japan's Hayato Ishiguro as he lost the 79kg quarterfinal by fall.

In the 97kg, Amit Saroha lost by technical superiority to Turkey's Feyzullah Akturk. 

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