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India beat Bangladesh 5-2 to become champion

Striker Gurkeerat Singh scored four goals, including a hat-trick, while Himanshu Jangra scored another as India U20 beat Bangladesh U20 5-2 in the final to emerge champions after extra time in the SAFF U20 Championship at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. emerged.

Both the teams were locked 1–1 at intervals and 2–2 after the completion of regulation time. Gurkeerat scored in the 1st, 60th, 94th and 99th minutes while Himanshu scored in the 92nd minute respectively. Rajon Hawladar and Shaheen Mia scored for Bangladesh in the 44th and 48th minutes.

The intention was positive, and despite the Indians creating opportunities everywhere, they were guilty of being a little complacent to ruin some. Rival goalkeeper Mohammad Asif also created trouble for the Blue Colts on a few occasions. The timely replacement of head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh also supported the team’s plan.

Drama unfolded just after kick-off as India U20 were awarded a penalty within 20 seconds. Himanshu Jangra collected a long pass from the right, removed his marker and deflected a long ranger, which rival goalkeeper Mohammad Asif managed to stop diving to his right.

Gurkeerat lurking around was quick to react to the rebound. Asif, in his desperate attempt to keep Gurkeerat away, brought the Indian striker down inside the box. Gurkeerat gleefully bounced back from the spot to give India an early lead.

Unwilling to surrender the initial lead, and also unwilling to sit back and defend full time – India’s attacking skills slowly but steadily created plenty of opportunities. But they could not take advantage of it.

In the 21st minute, rival defender Shaheen Mia made an exceptional tackle to stop Himanshu from coming into the box. Four minutes later, Gurkeerat’s chasing down the entire defense deftly stopped him at the edge of the box, trying to lob Asif out of his line. But it’s over.

Should have doubled the lead in the 32nd minute which was the easiest of the half. But as Gurkeerat cuts off the right side, and despite being unopposed and everything clear, he fails to make it to the house. Taisan Singh also missed a stroke in the 43rd minute.

The curse of missing opportunities hit India hard as Bangladesh restored parity at the stroke of the interval – Rajon Havaladar’s shot through the woods of the legs raised the net.

Bangladesh in turn took the lead in three minutes. Amandeep mistimed his clearance with a harmless free-kick and it fell to Shine Mia, whose rasper hit the post, and rolled.

India’s first substitution came in the 57th minute – Tankhadhar Bagh was coming for Mahesan Singh – and a series of opportunities fell India’s way after that. The equalizer came within three minutes when Gurkeerat fell a clearance just outside the box and hit his right foot this time in the 60th minute.

In the 63rd minute, Himanshu chased him into the box but was unable to flick it – an attacking Asif cleared the threat for Bangladesh. And in the 67th minute, Himanshu’s position in front of Asif was a bit weak, allowing Azizul Haque to score. Asif was also very active when he dived to clean the curling center of Bikash Yumnam.

Head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh has included Harsh Patre in place of Taisan Singh. Asif saved the tournament in the 89th minute by saving a blind – when his reflexes prevented Brijesh Giri’s back-heel from entering the net.

India took the lead in the second minute of extra time (92nd minute). Himanshu followed Harsh Patre’s entertaining defense split pass, and ended it with a left foot for the first time.

Gurkeerat completed his hat-trick in the 94th minute – this time Himanshu turned to the provider, sending Gurkeerat in. The latter rounded Asif and scored from a narrow angle. The 5th goal for India came in the 99th minute – Gurkeerat scored on another screamer. He overtook some defenders and blasted it home from about 30 yards.

Before the launch, the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik met both the teams.

Gurkeerat Singh was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and also won the top scorer award, while Som Kumar earned the Golden Gloves award.

, India beat Bangladesh 5-2 to become champion

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