India outclass Bhutan 4-1

India outclass Bhutan 4-1 in their opening match of the Asian Football Confederation under-20 championship in Kolkata.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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India played an inspired second half to outclass Bhutan 4-1 in their opening match of the Asian Football Confederation under-20 championship here today. Ashim Biswas and Malswam Tluanga netted twice each for the hosts, while Sonam Jamtsho scored the only goal for the losers at the flood-lit encounter at Salt Lake Stadium. In another match, Tajikistan posted a 2-0 win over Kyrgyzstan with Djabarov Sharif and Sadikov Makhmadali finding the target for the winners who enjoyed near total domination in the match. India, after an insipid first half display, got their bearings in the second session attacking from both flanks. India shot into the lead in the 12th minute when central midfielder Bongo Singh set up Malswam Tluanga who received the ball near opponent's goal line and essayed a minus for Biswas to the top of the box. Biswas kept his cool and let go a rasping right footer which entered the net giving no chance to Bhutan custodian Pushpalal Sharma. India continued the attack but Bhutan restored parity 11 minutes later. From a sudden counter-move medio Kinley Dorji passed to Sonam Jamtsho who unleased an excellent 35 yarder into the net over the head of advancing Indian goalkeeper Satish Kumar. India regained the lead in the opening minute after the breather when a Sayeed Rahim Nabi cross from the left was received inside the box by Tluanga who hit the target with a powerful shot after dribbling past two defenders. India kept up the pressure from the outset but lack of mid-field coordination proved their undoing in the first half. A Tluanga pass from goalline helped Biswas to fire home the third goal for the hosts. Tluanga made the final score 4-1 when he found the target in the dying minutes. The Indian chief coach Islam Akhmedov, who employed Sayeed Rahim Nabi as the only striker, he found himself outnumbered time and again with the mid-fielders failing to play a feeder’s role to perfection, in the first half. In the 19th minute, Bongo Singh's power-packed shot missed the target while Subhas Chakraborty was distinctly unlucky later in the same session when his strong right footer hit the inside of the cross bar and came back into play. The hosts failed to take the lead in the first session for their inability to convert the chances into goals. Bhutan, on the other hand, showed some movement in the first half, but surrendered control to the hosts in the second session. Bongo Singh, who put up a remarkable performance and played the key role in setting up some brilliant set-piece movements, was selected man of the match. While India would take on Tajikistan in their next match on July 14, Bhutan would face Kyrgyzstan on the same day. (PTI)