Dhaka: India today defeated Pakistan 3-1 to enter the finals of the U-18 Asia Cup and will take on the hosts Bangladesh in the final match of the tournament.
Indian team got a brilliant start as Shivam Anand (7th minute), striker Dilpreet Singh (32nd) and captain Nilam Sanjeep Xess (46th) scored for India to make it 3-0 before Amjad Ali Khan pulled one back for Pakistan in the 63rd minute. Both teams had scored a high number of goals in the group stage so an attacking encounter was expected. Both the team showcased their traditional counter-attacking game but India’s attack was more accurate, as was its timing.
India’s link-up play between the midfield and attack proved to be the difference in their strong start to the match. India drew first blood when Shivam Anand scored a field goal in the seventh minute. Throughout the first half India and Pakistan attacked each other furiously, making several circle incursions. It was India who were more clinical in front of the goal, and three minutes from the end of the half they doubled their lead with a penalty corner goal by Dilpreet.