In­dia ham­mer Turk­menistan

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Tashkent: Sri­darth’s scored a brace as In­dia reg­is­tered a con­vinc­ing 5-0 win over Turk­menistan in their open­ing match at the AFC U-16 Cham­pi­onship Qual­i­fiers here on Wed­nes­day. Shubho Paul, Tai­son Singh and sub­sti­tute Hi­man­shu Jan­gra were the other goal scor­ers for In­dia. Play­ing at the Trans­port In­sti­tute Sta­dium, home to the re­serve side of reigning Uzbek­istan Su­per League cham­pi­ons Loko­mo­tiv Tashkent, In­dia looked to dom­i­nate their op­po­nents from the first half it­self. Just ahead of the halfhour mark, In­dia took the lead through winger Shubho. Just a few min­utes ahead of half­time, In­dia dou­bled their lead. Tai­son forced him­self into the area to play a cut­back which was duly turned in by Sri­darth. A few min­utes into the res­tart, Tai­son added the third, as he smashed in a cross by Shubho from just out­side the far post. Sub­sti­tute Hi­man­shu had an im­me­di­ate ef­fect as he was played through into the box by Ma­h­e­son and he went on to fin­ish with great aplomb. Sri­darth fin­ished off the scor­ing late in in­jury time to make it five for In­dia.

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