India U-16 colts lose third friendly to UAE

Updated: Sep 15, 2012, 17:11 PM IST

Dubai: The Indian National U-16 football team, training in Dubai for the final phase of the AFC tournament later in the month, lost 2-3 to to United Arab Emirates in the last friendly match at the F.A. Stadium here Saturday.

India opened the scoring in the 25th minute through Daniel Lalamphuia. By the end of the first half, the UAE clawed their way back into the game, scoring two goals.

India then reduced the deficit from the spot through Alen Deroy. In spite of the colts` spirited performance, the score remained in favour of the hosts till the final whistle.

India have been clubbed in Group D with Uzbekistan, Syria and China for the AFC meet.

India play Uzbekistan in their first match Sep 23.