India’s U-20 team entered their name into the record books as they defeated the six-time U-20 World Cup champions Argentina 2-1 in their final match of COTIF Cup 2018 in Spain on early August 6.
For India, Deepak Tangri scored an early goal in the 4th minute to provide a lead in their last encounter of the tournament over a strong Argentine side.
During the 54th minute of the game, Aniket Jadhav was shown the red card and the India U-20 side were reduced to 10 men.
In the 68th minute, Anwar Ali converted freekick into the goal to provide 2-0 lead before Argentina pulled one back in the 72nd minute.
India clots held on to their nerves to safeguard their one-goal lead till the on-field referee called off play after being provided extra five-minute injury time.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 6, 2018
Following this historic win, many Indian football fans, including sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to congratulate the young side.
Here are a few reactions:
Congratulations to @IndianFootball! Proud of India U16 and India U20 football teams who defeated U-16 Asian #champions #Iraq and most successful U20 team #Argentina respectively. A remarkable feat for #IndianFootball. #INDvARG #INDvIRQ #BackTheBlue #TacticallyObsessed
— Tactically Obsessed (@TacticalMaverik) August 6, 2018
Historic win !!!!!!
Team India #U20 beat the most successful team of #FIFAU20 — #Argentina by 2-1 in #COTIF2018 .
As we slept our young champs made history _#INDvARG @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/dJEAhIVoLh
— KapoorRohan (@samratrohan99) August 6, 2018
India U20 football team defeat Argentina 2-1 with ten men!
— HarshRealities (@HarshaShahani) August 6, 2018
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 5, 2018
India U20 just defeated Argentina u20 team in Cotif Cup 2018..
What a time to be alive. Cant be more proud boys
We go upwards and onwards_
— sagar_cule (@cuteinho14) August 6, 2018
WELL DONE @IndianFootball U-20 team!
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 6, 2018
The Indian team earlier lost to Murcia and Mauritania before holding off Venezuela.
India U-20’s starting XI: Prabhsukhan Gill (GK), Asish Rai, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sahil Panwar, Boris Singh Thangjam, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Deepak Tangri, Amarjit Singh Kiyam (C), Ninthoinanba Meetei, Aniket Jadhav.