India beat local side 4-1 in first practice match in Portugal

Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 17:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian national football team beat Portuguese third division side Desportivo das Caldas 4-1 in their first practice match of the two-month training tour of the Iberian country in Vieria de Leiria.

For India, Abhishek Yadav, Steven Dias, NP Pradeep and Baldeep Singh scored a goal each in the match played at Pilado ground located some 200km from Portuguese capital of Lisbon on
the road to Porto.

India drew first blood in seventh minute when Yadav headed in a Dias cross from the right flank. The goal spurred the Indians and in the 16th minute, Dias cleverly lobbed the ball over the opponent goalkeeper`s head to make it 2-0.

Pradeep then fired in a superb 30-yard scorcher in the 38th minute before Desportivo das Caldas pulled one back a minute later as the Indians went for the breather 3-1 up.

After changeover, substitute Baldeep Singh rounded off the tally scoring the fourth goal for India in the 70th minute.

Bob Houghton used 20 players in the match.

The Indians will play against another lower division side Monsanto tomorrow before leaving for Lisbon on Saturday for another month-long training at Sporting Lisbon facilities.