India beat Nepal to lift SAFF Under-16 football title

India left-back Jerry Lalrinzuala scored the only goal of the match in the 18th minute against the hosts at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.

updated: July 30, 2013 21:47 IST
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Kathmandu: Defender Jerry Lalrinzuala scored a spectacular goal through a long-ranger as India beat Nepal 1-0 to lift the South Asian Football Federation Under-16 Championships title in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

India, represented by All India Football Federation's Regional Academy, surged ahead in the 18th minute with Lalrinzuala unleashing a powerful left-footed 35-yard strike to beat the Nepalese goalie in the final match at the Dasharath Stadium.

The early goal, which stunned the partisan home crowd to silence, turned out to be the match-winner. India returned unbeaten in the biennial tournament.

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