Indian Colts held by defending champions Iraq
Kathmandu: India were held to a goalless draw by defending Asian champions Iraq in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers on Sunday.
Courtesy the result, an unbeaten India finished their engagements on 5 points from 3 matches and now wait for engagements in other groups to finish across other venues to find out if they have made it to the AFC U-16 Finals by virtue of being the best second-placed team across 10 groups.
Knowing that only a victory would enable them a ticket to the AFC U-16 Finals, India started on a positive note and should have surged into the lead as early as the 6th minute itself but the swift Bekey, despite sneaking in from the flanks, could not get the power behind his shot and the Iraqi goalkeeper managed to save it.
The Indians played with more purpose even as the Iraqis relied on their physical superiority to seize it in the midfield.
In the 42nd minute, Vikram made another robust move but Ricky shot straight to the rival goalkeeper as both teams headed to the interval locked goalless.
Bekey got perhaps the easiest chance of the match when at the hour mark, he had the rival goalkeeper at his mercy from a hand-shaking distance. But he couldn't finish it off.