Indian U-17 football team defeated the Italian U-17 team on their home turf in in Arezzo, Italy, by a comfortable margin of 2-0 with the goals coming from Abhijit Sarkar and Rahul Kannoly Praveen.
Abhijit Sarkar gave India the lead in the 31st minute. India then pushed for a second goal but Italy managed to keep them out and keep the deficit to one goal at half time. India had a few chances to go ahead even in the early minutes of the first half and the it was the same story in the second too.
In the 80th minute, Rahul scored from inside the box to double India’s lead and the scoreline read 2-0. Italy looked second best throughout the match while India were a far cry from the team that only managed a 1-1 draw against a Paris based football club last week.
Italy could not qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup that will be played in India between October 6 and 28, 2017.
The tournament will be played across six venues across the country with Kochi being the latest to be confirmed as ready to host the tournament.