Ten-Man India Beat Pakistan 1-0 in First Football Friendly

Robin Singh scored for India and was soon sent-off to reduce the hosts to 10 men but managed to hold on to the lead.

updated: August 17, 2014 21:42 IST
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Indian football team celebrate after scoring against Pakistan.


Bangalore: Down to 10 men, India showed character to prevail 1-0 over Pakistan in the first friendly football match, the goal coming off the boot of Robin Singh who was sent off midway into the second half, making it a bitter-sweet day for the local striker in Bangalore on Sunday.

In the first of the two friendly matches, which is also Pakistan's maiden appearance in a bilateral series in India, the visitors were laid low after Robin and captain Sunil Chhetri combined to put India in lead in the 44th-minute.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, who plays his club football for Bengaluru FC, tapped it in after Robin's flick off a Lalrindika Ralte corner hit the post. The match commissioner strangely awarded the goal to Robin Singh, though.

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