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India thrash Bahrain 5-0 in AFC U-16 qualifiers

India thrashed Bahrain 5-0 in a one-sided match to begin their AFC Under-16 football qualifiers campaign on a bright note here on Wednesday.

Aman struck twice (19th, 47th minutes) while Gaston (15th), Boris (27th) and Suresh (75th) scored one apiece at the Tabriz Yadegar-E-Emam Stadium here.

Nicolai Adam’s Indian boys, who could be part of the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, dominated throughout the match so much so that it turned out to be a totally one-sided encounter.

Bahrain’s goalkeeper Bashar Abed was the busiest player on the pitch with the Indians, who have come here from a tour of Germany, toyed with their opponents.

The Bahrain players often resorted to foul play as a last ditch attempt to thwart the nimble footed Indians and they were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute when striker Abdulla Jasim was flashed the red for a foul on Sarif.

The barrage of attacks started immediately after the match started.

In the 10th minute, Komal’s shot hit the post and bounced back. Boris pounced on it and <g data-gr-id="40">centered</g> but Komal’s shot was cleared off the goal line.

The livewire Boris and <g data-gr-id="34">Ninthoi</g> were consistently combining down the right. Ninthoi’s centre was blocked for a corner in the 15th minute. Off this corner, Gaston blasted the ball onto the roof of the net to put India in the lead.

Aman doubled the lead four minutes later. Following a long ball, he beat the <g data-gr-id="29">off-side</g> trap and even as the goalkeeper rushed out, he lobbed it over from an acute angle into the goal.

Just as the half-hour mark approached, Boris collected the ball near the centerline, dribbled his way past a few rival players and blasted it <g data-gr-id="61">in to</g> the left of a diving Basher. India <g data-gr-id="37">were</g> 3-0 up by the 27th 
minute itself. Nicolai brought in his first substitution immediately thereafter -- in <g data-gr-id="36">28th</g> minute -- with <g data-gr-id="33">Aimol</g> replacing Gaston.
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