Striker Gurkirat Singh scored four goals as India beat Bangladesh 5-2 in overtime in the final to lift the South Asian Football Association U-20 Championship on Friday.
Both teams tied 1-1 in the second half, and 2-2 after the completion of the regulatory time.
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Gurkirat scored in the first, 60, 94 and 99 minutes, while Himanshu Gangra added another goal in the 92nd minute, while Bangladesh’s Rajon Hauldar and Shaheen Mia scored in the 44th and 48th minutes, respectively, at Kalinga Stadium.
The drama unfolded right after the start as India was awarded a penalty within 20 seconds. Himanshu collected a long pass from the right, passed his mark and unleashed a long goalkeeper, rival goalkeeper MD Asif managed to block the drop to his right. In his desperate attempt to banish Gurkirat, Asif dropped the Indian striker inside the penalty area. Gorkyrat turned gleefully from the penalty spot to put India ahead early on.
The lead should have been doubled in the 32nd minute at the easiest opportunity of the game. But Gurkirat failed to open his house. Taison Singh also missed an opportunity in the 43rd minute, as the curse of missed opportunities hit India hard as Bangladesh regained parity in the first half with Rajon Hauldar’s shot that spread into the net.
On the change, Bangladesh took the lead within three minutes. Amandeep missed a harmless free kick and landed on Shane Mia, whose shot hit the post, and interfered with the goal. India’s first substitution came in the 57th minute from Tankadhar Bagh to replace Maheson Singh, and a string of chances fell to India. way after that.
The equalizer came within three minutes when Gurkirat fell just outside the penalty area and hit it, this time with his right foot in the 60th minute, and in the 63rd minute, Himanshu had another chance, but Asif’s dash removed the danger. Bangladesh.
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