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Akash header earns India U-19 1-1 draw against Bulgaria

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NEW DELHI, June 9: Akash Mishra�s perfectly-placed header earned India a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria in the last match of the group phase in the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

In the process, India finished the group with one point from three matches. They will now play two play-off matches to decide the final standings.

Coach Floyd Pinto gave Sumit Rathi his first start of the tournament replacing Jitendra Singh as the central defender besides bringing Sanjeev Stalin back to the starting XI once again after the first game at the expense of Vikram Partap Singh.

India could not have expected to concede an own goal so early but Mohammed Rafi�s mistimed clearance went inside giving the European outfit a surprising lead in the seventh minute. India tried to build up the game from the midfield but the resilient Bulgarian defenders averted every danger that came their way.

Bulgaria pushed India further trying to increase the lead but Detelinov�s side-footer missed the target by a whisker in the 33rd minute. At the stroke of the first half, Bulgaria could have breached Prabhsukhan Gill again but Filip�s shot flew over the crossbar.

After the changeover, India came out all guns blazing and took only three minutes to find the equaliser. Sanjeev�s curling corner-kick was subtly headed home by defender Akash Mishra towards the near post. The Bulgarian goalkeeper Nikolov Viktor came off his position leaving the near post open and Akash didn�t do any mistake converting it. � PTI

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Akash header earns India U-19 1-1 draw against Bulgaria

NEW DELHI, June 9: Akash Mishra�s perfectly-placed header earned India a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria in the last match of the group phase in the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

In the process, India finished the group with one point from three matches. They will now play two play-off matches to decide the final standings.

Coach Floyd Pinto gave Sumit Rathi his first start of the tournament replacing Jitendra Singh as the central defender besides bringing Sanjeev Stalin back to the starting XI once again after the first game at the expense of Vikram Partap Singh.

India could not have expected to concede an own goal so early but Mohammed Rafi�s mistimed clearance went inside giving the European outfit a surprising lead in the seventh minute. India tried to build up the game from the midfield but the resilient Bulgarian defenders averted every danger that came their way.

Bulgaria pushed India further trying to increase the lead but Detelinov�s side-footer missed the target by a whisker in the 33rd minute. At the stroke of the first half, Bulgaria could have breached Prabhsukhan Gill again but Filip�s shot flew over the crossbar.

After the changeover, India came out all guns blazing and took only three minutes to find the equaliser. Sanjeev�s curling corner-kick was subtly headed home by defender Akash Mishra towards the near post. The Bulgarian goalkeeper Nikolov Viktor came off his position leaving the near post open and Akash didn�t do any mistake converting it. � PTI

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