Striker Gurkirat Singh scored 4 objectives as India beat Bangladesh 5-2 in additional time within the last to raise the SAFF U-20 Championship trophy in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Each groups had been locked 1-1 on the interval, and 2-2 after completion of regulation time. Gurkirat scored within the first, sixtieth, 94th and the 99th minutes respectively, whereas Himanshu Jangra added one other one within the 92nd minute. For Bangladesh, Rajon Howladar and Shahin Mia scored within the forty fourth and forty eighth minutes respectively on the Kalinga Stadium.
Drama unfolded proper after kick-off as India had been awarded a penalty inside 20 seconds. Himanshu collected an extended cross from the precise, sidestepped his marker and unleashed an extended ranger which rival goalkeeper Md. Asif managed to dam diving low to his proper.
Gurkirat, lurking round, was sooner to react to the rebound. Asif, in his determined try and hold Gurkirat off, introduced the Indian striker down contained in the field. Gurkirat gleefully transformed from the spot to place India into an early lead.
The lead ought to have been doubled within the thirty second minute in what was the simplest probability of the half. However Gurkirat failed to fit dwelling.Singh additionally missed an opportunity within the forty third minute.
The curse of lacking probabilities hit India arduous as Bangladesh restored parity on the stroke of half time with Rajon Howladar’s shot bulging the web.
Altering over, Bangladesh took the lead inside three minutes. Amandeep mistimed his clearance off a innocent free-kick and it fell to Shain Mia whose shot hit the put up, and rolled in.
The primary substitution for India got here within the 57th minute – Tankadhar Bag coming in for Maheson Singh – and a collection of probabilities fell India’s means thereafter. The equaliser got here inside three minutes when a clearance fell to Gurkirat simply outdoors the field and he banged it in, this time together with his proper foot within the sixtieth minute.
Within the 63rd minute, Himanshu had one other probability however an onrushing Asif cleared the hazard for Bangladesh.
4 minutes later, Himanshu’s placement previous Asif was a bit feeble, permitting Azizul Haque to make a objective line clearance. Asif was additionally within the thick of motion when he dived to clear Bikash Yumnam’s curling centre.
Head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh introduced in Harsh Patre rather than Taison Singh and India took the lead within the second minute of extra-time (92nd minute).
Himanshu adopted up a Harsh Patre delectable defence splitting cross and got here up with a first-time left-footed end.
Gurkirat accomplished his hat-trick within the 94th minute with Himanshu turning the supplier this time.
The fifth objective for India got here within the 99th minute as Gurkirat scored off one other screamer. He turned previous a few defenders and blasted it dwelling from round 30 yards.
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