A nine-man Indian U-20 National Team went down 0-2 against local club side Real Murcia U-20 in their opening match of the COTIF Cup in Valencia, Spain on Sunday, July 29 evening. Anwar Ali and Jitendra Singh were given marching orders in the second half.
However, it was as early as the 4th minute that Murcia U-20 were reduced to ten-man for a rash foul on Boris Singh. But Murcia converted directly from a free-kick in the 27th minute to take the lead.
The Indian colts had a glorious opportunity to restore parity in the 39th minute. But Abhijit Sarkar failed to make the most of the opportunity after he was set in the clear by Boris.
Changing over, the Indians suffered two jolts as both the central defenders were given marching orders. First, Anwar Ali was flashed the red in the 56th minute, and as if it wasn’t enough, Jitendra was red-carded in the 65th minute.
Murcia eventually made it 2-0 in the 80th minute, a lead which they managed to hold on till the end.
The Indian U-20 National Team will face African side Mauritania U-20 National Team next on Tuesday, July 31.