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India U-23 team bows out of AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers

The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here Sunday. Daler Yodgorov s 30th minute strike and Solehov s 85th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign, ending without a point out of a maximum six. The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay. In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough at the Pakhtakor Stadium. India could have surged ahead into lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golui s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound. After a nervy start, the Indian team .


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