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India colts snatch historic victory against Argentina in U-20 COTIF Cup 2018

The Indian U-20 national team created history when they defeated Argentina U-20 by a scoreline of 2-1 in their COTIF Cup 2018 encounter in Spain. The ‘Boys in Blue’ were up against the six-times U-20 Champions against whom they notched up one of their most memorable wins.

Deepak Tangri scored in the 4th minute for India before Aniket Jadhav was sent off in the 50th minute, after which Anwar Ali doubled the lead in the 68th minute before Argentina pulled one back in the 72nd minute.

“This victory will definitely earn Indian Football more respect in the world of football. It opens up a window of opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the World on a regular basis,” exclaimed Floyd Pinto, the coach of the national side.

This victory is a major boost for Pinto’s side that ost against Murcia U-20 (2-0) and Mauritania U-20 (3-0) and held Venezuela U-20 to a goalless draw in their previous engagements of the COTIF Cup.

Interestingly, this win comes weeks after national coach Stephen Constantine criticised the Indian team’s performance at the U-17 World Cup describing it mediocre and the hype surrounding as unjustified. The Indian team was also not allowed to participate in the Asian Games after being denied clearance by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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