Tashkent, Oct 4 (UNI) Indian colts had a dismal start to their campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship, going down 2-5 to formidable Korea Republic in their opening Group B match here today.
India did well to contain Korea Republic in the first half and conceded one goal in the first session.
The Koreans struck early when Kim Dong Jin (3rd min) beat Indian goalkeeper Abhishek Das from 20 yards after receiving a pass from a free kick.
The Indians had their chances in the first half but failed to capitalise on them.
The Koreans turned on the heat in the second half as Lee Chang (49th and 61st mins) Rim Chang Wo (52nd min) and Son Heung Min (72nd min) scored to take the match away from India.
Lalrindika (69th and 88th mins) converted two free kicks to reduce the margin for India.
In his post match comments, a dejected Chief Coach Colin Toal said India were beaten by a superior team.
He admitted that India got a bad start in the first as well as second half which is not an ideal time to concede a goal.
Coin added that tournament is not yet over and India can still win their remaining group matches and qualify for the next stage.
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