India beat Portuguese 2nd Div side in practice match

New Delhi: Indian national football team defeated Portuguese second division side Atletico Clube 1-0 in Lisbon during the third friendly of their two-month training tour of the Iberian country.

India hang on to striker Mohammed Rafi`s sixth minute goal to eke out a hard-fought victory against the Lisbon-based side last night at the Sporting Clube Academy ground where they will be based till the end of this month.

Churchill Brothers striker Rafi made no mistake in slotting the ball home off a pass by his strike partner Abhishek Yadav.

India had beaten Portuguese third division sides Desportivo das Caldas (4-1) and Desportivo Monsanto (6-2) in their first two practice matches when they were based for one month at Vieria de Leiria, a small town between Lisbon and Porto.

They moved on to the training centre of the Sporting Clube Lisbon Academy from August 1 for another one-month training.

The squad will be strengthened by the return of captain Bhaichung Bhutia, who will be back after treating his thyroid problem in Kolkata, and Sunil Chhetri who has been released by the Major League Soccer side Kanasas City Wizards.


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