KATHMANDU, Oct 25: The Indian U-15 football team started their title defence of the SAFF U-15 Championship with a 1-2 loss to Pakistan at the ANFA Complex here on Thursday.
A late goal by Pakistan in the 85th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides in a tightly contested match. Pakistan had taken the lead in the first half, only to be equalised in the 53rd minute by the Indians.
The Indians started the match on an attacking note and dominated possession. Although chances were created, the Indian boys could not capitalise on them as the opponents flooded bodies in defence.
In the 30th minute, Pakistan took the lead after Adnan Justin found the back of the Indian net from close range and at the half-way point the scoreline read 1-0 in Pakistan's favour.- IANS